Contests, Markets & Grants

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship for significant book-length work in progress addressing the history of legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. Includes: $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2018–19) in Chestertown, Maryland. Deadline Nov. 1. 

Blue Mountain Center four-week residencies in New York for writers, activists, artists. Deadline Nov. 1. 

Sarabande Writing Residency. Two residencies at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead in May, June, or July 2019. Writers receive a $200 stipend to help defray travel expenses. 2018 residencies will be scheduled at mutual convenience during the months of May, June, or July. Apply by Nov. 15. 


Vandermey Nonfiction Prize for essays up to 5,500 words. First place, $1,500 and publication in Ruminate; $200 and publication for runner-up. Entry fee $20. Deadline Nov. 15.

Baltimore Review seeks short stories and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words or one to three poems on the theme “tools.” Entry fee $10. Deadline Nov. 30. 

Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize and James Wright Poetry Prize. First prizes: $1,000 and publication. Fiction up to 6,000 words or up to three poems. Entry fee $10. Deadline Nov. 30. 

Sweet Flash Essay Contest seeks essays from 500 to 1,000 words; “we appreciate a close attention to language and a quirky sense of humor.” First prize, $500 and publication in Sweet. Entry fee $10. Deadline Nov. 30. 

Pigeon Pages essay contest seeks creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words. First place, $250 and publication in Pigeon Pages; $50 and publication for honorable mention. Entry fee $10. Deadline Dec. 1. 

Owl Canyon Press Short Story Contest seeks stories up to 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the first and 25th paragraphs; the writer crafts the rest. First prize, $3,000; second, $2,000; third, $1,000, and publication of all winning stories. No entry fee. Deadline Dec. 1. 

Richard Wilbur Award seeks poetry collections. Winning manuscripts published by University of Evansville Press and winners receive $1,000 prize. Entry fee $25. Deadline Dec. 1. 

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Two winners: publication, plus a $1,000 prize and a $1,500 honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Entry fee $20. Deadline Dec. 3. 

Kentucky Monthly’s 11th Annual Writers’ Showcase seeks poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or the opening paragraph of a novel. Writers must currently live in Kentucky, have lived in Kentucky, or use Kentucky as subject matter. Winners will be published in February 2019 Kentucky Monthly. See website for submission guidelines and entry fees. Deadline Dec. 10.

Bad Dream Entertainment seeking dark fiction/original horror fiction (1,500 to 8,000 words) with a strong sense of comedy. (Standard genre tropes of vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc. are discouraged.) Pays six cents per word for accepted stories. Deadline Dec. 31. 

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