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August 2020 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The August 2020 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards. We try to prioritize opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, repelling mosquitoes. That’s important, too.

 

  

Fellowships & Grants

 

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: August 1st

A grant of $10,000 will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Submit a writing sample of 20 to 40 pages, 6 to 10 pages of transcribed interviews, a curriculum vitae, and an outline and description of the project by August 1st. Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelist

Fee: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: August 1st

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists is offered annually to an author of children’s or young adult fiction for a novel-in-progress. The award was developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete their novel. The author of the winning manuscript, selected blindly by judges unaware of nominees’ names, will receive an award of $5,000. Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

2021 Studios at MASS MoCA Winter/Spring Residency

Fee: $0; Award: $650 per week; Deadline: August 8th

MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 2 week to 8 weeks in length. They welcome welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, fiber artists, printmakers, writers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.). Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

CreateWell / Studios at MASS MoCA Massachusetts Financial Wellness Residency | Feb 2021

Fee: $0; Award: Free 4-week residency and stipend of $250; Deadline: August 23rd

MASS MoCA is partnering with the CreateWell Fund to extend outreach to a wider network of artists of color in Massachusetts. Applications must be received by Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM. At least 2 of the residency slots (and possibly more) will be awarded to applicants applying through this free open call with CreateWell. Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

Work Experience

 

The Mary Sue Part-Time Books Editor

New York, NY or Remote

The Mary Sue is looking for someone with a passion for and deep knowledge of books, the publishing industry, and authors and other major players. Applications are open to ANYONE, and applicants who are LGBTQIA, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing: “Sisters” 

Fee: $25; Award: $300; Deadline: August 1st

The University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is seeking humorous nonfiction essays that convey your special bond with your sister. All original material will be considered, including pieces that expand on the theme, such as close friends who are like sisters. Open to writers 18 years and older. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Aspen Words Literary Prize 

Fee: $60; Award: $35,000; Deadline: August 1st

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. Eligible works include novels or short story collections that address questions of violence, inequality, gender, the environment, immigration, religion, race or other social issues. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

TulipTree Publishing | Stories That Need to Be Told Contest 

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 3rd

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story that needs to be told.” The winner will also receive a two-year subscription to Duotrope and publication in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

The Writer 2020 Summer Flash Contest

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 12th

Submit your very best work in any genre, fiction or nonfiction, to The Writer’s 2020 Summer Flash Contest. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Writer. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: August 15th

A prize of $15,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a book of fiction published in the current year. The winner also receives travel and lodging expenses to attend an awards ceremony and participate in educational outreach events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in January 2021. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize 

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 15th

Submit your poem to Red Wheelbarrow’s poetry contest by August 15th. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the winning poem. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Fee: $20; Award: $3,000; Deadline: August 30th

The Summer Short Story Award for New Writers runs from July 1st to August 30th. The winning story will be awarded $3,000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Red Hen Press Quill Prose Award

Fee: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

Fee: $18; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st

The 2020 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation is now open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication as Online Exclusives. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st

The 2020 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open to flash fiction, prose poems, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Chalk Circle Short Story Competition 2020

Fee: $7; Award: $230; Deadline: August 31st

A prize of $230 will be given to a short story of 2,000 words or less. In addition to the prize money, the winner will be published on Chalk Circle’s website or published in an anthology. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

Fee: $6; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st

Submit your short, short story to Gemini Magazine’s Flash Fiction contest by August 31st. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

Lee & Low Books New Visions Award

Fee: $6; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st

The award will be given for a middle grade or young adult novel by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer. Established in 2012, the New Visions Award encourages writers of color and Native nations to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Please visit their website for full submission details.

 

2020 University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize

Fee: $28; Award: $10,000; Deadline: September 1st

The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with The University of New Orleans Press. The contest is open to all authors from any country, regardless of publishing history. Please visit their website for full submission details.

Submissions

 

Submissions to Hawk and Cleaver for The Other Stories

Fee: $0; Award: $8; Deadline: August 14th

Hawk and Cleaver are looking for submissions of horror, thriller, or sci-fi stories around 2,000 words. The chosen story will be narrated on The Other Stories. The upcoming theme is “The Dark Web.” View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Grist

Fee: $4; Deadline: August 15th

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. They publish craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and they want to see your best work, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Boiler

Fee: $0; Deadline: August 16th

The Boiler is looking to publish new and emerging writers. They are currently accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, and essays. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Luna Station Quarterly

Fee: $0; Award: $5, Lifetime Subscription; Deadline: August 22nd

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. They will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. The theme is circus. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to After Happy Hour

Fee: $0; Deadline: August 31st

After Happy Hour is looking for submissions of many different genres, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics, and more. There are guidelines for each specific category. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Sun 

Fee: $0; Award: $100-$2,000; Deadline: Rolling

The Sun publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Hippocampus Magazine 

Fee: $3; Award: $40; Deadline: Rolling

Looking for a literary magazine that accepts personal essays? Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically considers unsolicited, previously unpublished creative nonfiction submissions in the following categories: memoir excerpt, personal essay, flash creative nonfiction, and more. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Solstice Magazine’s Features Blog: Anti-Oppression Theme

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Solstice Magazine is looking to feature the voices of previously unheard and also established writers who write to make us see, to clarify injustice, and to move us to action. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Redivider

Fee: $0 - $3; Deadline: Rolling

Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. They welcome general submissions year-round. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit are always open on a rolling basis. They accept works in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Issues are published six times per year online. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Boston Poetry Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Boston Poetry Magazine accepts submissions year-round. They accept both previously published material and simultaneous submissions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Graydon House

Fee: $0; Accepting submissions from now until September 8th

Graydon House is accepting unagented submissions from Black writers. They publish high-concept book club fiction and upmarket women’s fiction, including—but not limited to—historical, suspense, family dramas, friendship stories, and more. Send your query letter and first 30 pages to [email protected]. You’ll receive personalized editorial feedback within 90 days. Read more about Graydon House here.

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