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February 2022 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The February 2022 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submission 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, planning your spring garden. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Michael Waters Poetry Prize | Southern Indiana Review

Fee: $25; Award: $5,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Paterson Poetry Prize | Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony, give a reading, and teach a workshop at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages are eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Claire Keyes Poetry Award | Salem State University

Fee: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Richard Hoffman will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Philip Roth Residencies | Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

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

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers working on a first or second book. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Yeats Poetry Prize | WB Yeats Society of NY

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring, as public health guidelines allow. Ann Kjellberg will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prizes in Poetry and Prose | Slippery Elm

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes the latest issue of Slippery Elm, by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Maya Angelou Book Award | Kansas City Public Library

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

A prize of $10,000 will be given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a novel by an author whose work “has demonstrated a commitment to social justice in America and/or the world.” This year the award will be given for a book of fiction. The winner will also participate in a two-week reading tour (either in-person or virtually, as public health allows) of Missouri colleges, universities, and libraries. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize | Ruminate

Fee: $20; Award: $1,500; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the prize issue, by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award | Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Fee: $18; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. The winning poet will also be invited to give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

American Short(er) Fiction Prize | American Short Fiction

Fee: $17; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $17 entry fee by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature | Schaffner Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 2nd

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence.” Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry | Milkweed Editions

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: February 12th

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry Prize | New American Press

Fee: $20; Award: $1,500; Deadline: February 14th

A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Eduardo C. Corral will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

First/Second Poetry Book Contest | Omnidawn Publishing

Fee: $27; Award: $3,000; Deadline: February 14th

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prizes for Poetry and Medicine | Hippocrates Prize

Fee: $10; Award: $1,379; Deadline: February 14th

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,379) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and as a video recording on the Hippocrates website is given annually for a single poem on a medical theme. A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,379) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is also given for a single poem on a medical theme written by a health professional. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

2022 Ambroggio Prize | Academy of American Poets

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000 and publication; Deadline: February 15th

The 2022 Ambroggio Prize is given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by the University of Arizona Press, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to publishing the award-winning works of emerging and established voices in Latinx and Indigenous literature, as well as groundbreaking scholarship in Latinx and Indigenous studies. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award | Academy of American Poets

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 15th

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. David Shook will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Furious Flower Poetry Center

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives a $500 honorarium to give a reading at James Madison University (either virtually or in-person, as public health allows). Poets who have published no more than one collection of poetry are eligible. Tim Siebles will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Fee: $15; Award: $1,500; Deadline: February 15th

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the competition website is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Morton and McCarthy Prizes | Sarabande Books

Fee: $29; Award: $2,000; Deadline: February 15th

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a collection of stories or novellas or a short novel of 150 to 250 pages. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry | Arrowsmith Press

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 15th

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published in English by a writer who is not a citizen of the United States. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize | Academy of American Poets

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: February 15th

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for the translation into English of a significant work of modern Italian poetry published in the United States. Books by living translators are eligible. Nick Benson, Moira Egan, and Graziella Sidoli will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Willow Run Poetry Book Award | Hidden River Arts

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 20th

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Writing Awards | Sustainable Arts Foundation

Fee: $20; Award: $5,000; Deadline: February 25th

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Snowbound Chapbook Award | Tupelo Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 28th

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Short Story Contest | Little Tokyo Historical Society

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Deadline: February 28th

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story of up to 2,500 words via e-mail by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Flash Fiction Prize | Fish Publishing

Fee: $16; Award: $1,164; Deadline: February 28th

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,164) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2022. Tracey Slaughter will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Balcones Prizes | Austin Community College

Fee: $0; Award: $1,500; Deadline: February 28th

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors or publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2021 (poetry collections must be at least 42 pages). Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Self-Publishing Literary Awards | Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 28th

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that depict “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Award Series | Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Fee: $30; Award: $5,500; Deadline: February 28th

For the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Red Hen Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Women’s Prose Prize | Red Hen Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 28th

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a writer who identifies as a woman. Melanie Conroy-Goldman will judge. Submit a story or essay collection, a novel, memoir, or other manuscript of prose of 25,000 to 80,000 words. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships, Grants & More

Roots. Wounds. Words. Annual Writers’ Retreat for Storytellers of Color

Fee: $0; Deadline: February 6th

The Roots. Wounds. Words. Annual Writers’ Retreat for Storytellers of Color is a sacred space wherein BIPOC stories are celebrated, and BIPOC storytellers immersed in liberation. At the Writers’ Retreat, Storytellers receive literary arts instruction offered by award-winning BIPOC writers in the fields of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and speculative fiction. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) | 2022 Writer to Agent

Fee: $0; Deadline: February 7th

AWP is pleased to offer registered conference attendees the opportunity to apply to meet with literary agents at the #AWP22 Conference & Bookfair. All registered attendees, including both in-person and virtual-only attendees, are welcome to submit to Writer to Agent. Only registered attendees of the #AWP22 Conference & Bookfair are eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Fee: $20; Deadline: February 15th

With a rich literary and intellectual tradition, the 97th annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference brings together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For ten days in August, you’ll experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers, including MacArthur Fellows, U.S. poets laureate, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

GrubStreet | YAWP Summer Writing Fellowship (For Teens)

Fee: $0; Award: Stipend; Deadline: February 22nd

GrubStreet's Teen Summer Writing Fellowship immerses high school students in the writer's life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors and meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

GrubStreet | Emerging Writer Fellowship

Fee: $0; Award: Tuition-free access to GrubStreet workshops and Muse & the Marketplace conferences; Deadline: February 28th

GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing three writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and Muse & the Marketplace conferences. Over the course of one year, each Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, bookended by attendance at both the 2022 and the 2023 Muse & the Marketplace conference, in order to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Work Experience

GrubStreet | Head of Faculty

Boston, MA

Reporting to the Education Director, the Head of Faculty supervises and supports all GrubStreet instructors, aiding in their development as educators and ensuring their adherence to GrubStreet’s policies, philosophy, and educational standards. Alongside a diverse programs team, this role will also contribute to the artistic and cultural work at GrubStreet, ensuring that our workshops are consistently innovative, inclusive, and equitable. Learn more and apply here.

 

GrubStreet | Director of Administration & Operations

Boston, MA

The Director of Administration & Operations will be responsible for the overall administrative, HR, and operational functions in our growing organization: from the day-to-day work of ensuring smooth operations in our new facility to staff engagement and shared learning, implementation plans and reporting, and multi-year strategic planning. Learn more and apply here.

 

Hillside Writing Coaches

Boston, MA | Remote, Deadline: February 4th

Hillside Writing is searching for talented, energetic writers and teachers who are interested in mentoring clients of all ages and experience levels, but especially college-application writers. Our company is at an exciting moment of development, and we are looking forward to expanding our team of seasoned coaches. Learn more and apply here.

 

Submissions

Submissions to Soundings East

Fee: $0; Deadline: February 1st

Soundings East is the annual literary journal of Salem State University, published with support from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. They are dedicated to publishing high-quality poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The magazine is distributed nationally, with recent press runs of 750 copies. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Resistance & Resilience

Fee: $0; Deadline: February 28th

This publication was created to amplify Black music, art, and culture. Whether music, literature, dance, visual art, poetry, or any form of creativity, if you have a story to tell or an artist to highlight, we want to feature your work in Resistance & Resilience. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Salamander

Fee: $0; Deadline: April 1st

Salamander, which is published biannually, features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; their open reading period for 2021-2022 is October 1–April 1, with a holiday break between late December and early January. Manuscripts sent outside of this reading period will be returned or discarded. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to World Wildlife Love Letter

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

World Wildlife Magazine invites submissions of short, uplifting personal essays about nature’s impact on a writer. Length: 100-300 words. Pay: $1.25/word for accepted pieces. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Solstice Literary Magazine

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

Solstice Literary Magazine welcomes experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, graphic lit, and also photography. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Boston Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Boston Review welcomes nonfiction and book review submissions on a wide range of subjects, from politics, philosophy, and economics to science, law, gender, sexuality, and race. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Incessant Pipe

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The WebSalh0n for Poetry and Poetry related writing and media. Accepting poetry, essays, reviews, and audio recordings.Send submissions w/short bio to: [email protected]View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Lily Poetry Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Lily Poetry Review is currently accepting general submissions of poetry, art and flash fiction for the review, chapbook and full-length poetry books. Please go to the Submittable for full details. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Massachusetts Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

“We seek a balance between established writers and promising new ones. We're interested in material of variety and vitality relevant to the intellectual and aesthetic questions of our time. We aspire to have a broad appeal; our commitment, in part regional, is not provincial.” View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Meat For Tea

Fee: $4.50; Deadline: Rolling

Meat For Tea is a non-academic affiliated magazine committed to recognizing and featuring the work of the artists, writers, and musicians living in western Massachusetts and beyond. Writing submissions should be works of poetry and short prose no longer than 1500 words in length, 8000 words for short fiction and essays, 1200 words for flash and microfiction. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

The Los Angeles Review is open for submissions year-round. All submissions will be considered for LAR Online and for the new best-of print edition to be released yearly in the Spring. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Natalie Sheree Publishing

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Natalie Sheree Publishing is seeking pieces for their 2022-2023 publishing catalog. Please submit the first chapter of your completed, unpublished novella or novel manuscript.  View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Hare’s Paw

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

Hare's Paw Literary Journal is limitless - representing the ability to walk between our own stillness and the world around us, identifying what matters and what intrigues us, regardless of societal demands. Hare's Paw publishes authentic, strange, soulful, and even joyful work that allows all voices to be heard. If you've ever had a hard time placing your work, consider Hare's Paw Literary Journal your home. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Share Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Contributors can submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry or visual artwork that portrays experiences from their lives, or activities and happenings in the world around them. We encourage you to share your work in any form as long as each mode represents a topical theme relatable to life, human nature, human condition, human concerns, human growth and achievements, etc. Whatever your story is, you are welcome to share it with us. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Capsule Stories

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Capsule Stories is a print literary magazine published once every season. Our first issue was published on March 1, 2019, and we accept submissions year-round. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to BreakBread Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives under the age of 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories and visual arts—fine art, photography, comics, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work that explores new directions in arts and letters.   View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rollick Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality content that inspires real engagement. We will consider any pitch that expresses unique and original thought. You can send in short stories, essays, poetry, memoirs, confessionals, experimental fiction, and anything else in between. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Puritan

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world. Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of four categories: fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Mukana

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Mukana Press is currently accepting submissions for our freshman cohort of titles. We will review submissions on a rolling basis. Please allow for up to 8 weeks for a response. Writers may submit more than one manuscript.View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The 365 Collection | Lucky Jefferson

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, a 100% digital collection of poetry and other literature. Upon acceptance, submissions will be included on our website and social media account(s).

 View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Embark Literary Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Embark accepts submissions from all over the world and have no geographical constraints. However, all submissions must be written in English (or translated into English from another language, in which case both the author and the translator must be credited). They do NOT accept submissions of memoirs or other nonfiction works. Only the openings of novels (works of fiction 50,000 words or longer) will be considered. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Frontier Poetry

Fee: $0; Award: $50 per poem, up to $150; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions for Frontier Poetry’s New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Voyage YA

Fee: $0; Award: $200 per accepted story; Deadline: Rolling

Voyage YA simply aims to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read their archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to their general categories. New work is published weekly. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to So to Speak Blog

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The So to Speak Blog is unique in that it opens itself up to multiple forms of storytelling. Hybrid works, reviews, interviews, and visual art are welcomed submissions. View complete 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 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.

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