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January 2021 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The January 2021 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, making hot chocolate from scratch. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Black Radical Imagination Essay Contest

Fee: $0; Award: $200 - $500; Deadline: January 1st

The 1st Annual Black Radical Imagination Essay Contest invites essays exploring Black life in response to books written by Charlene A. Carruthers and Darnell L. Moore. Your essay must discuss what Black Radical Imagination means to you using examples from Charlene's book, Darnell's book or both books. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Mississippi Review Prize

Fee: $16; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 1st

Mississippi Review’s annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners and finalists will make up next summer's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 2nd

The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize honors Harriet Jacobs and Thomas Jones, two pioneering African-American writers from North Carolina, and seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians. The contest is administered by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication of the winning entry in The Carolina Quarterly. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Prize

Fee: $8; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 2nd

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. No restrictions on form, length, subject or style. Poems must be unpublished, but work on personal blogs is eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New Guard Poetry and Fiction Contests

Fee: $22; Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 11th

The New Guard Tenth Anniversary Editor’s Edition is open for submissions. TNG Volume X will be judged by TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 12th

In honor of former Cape Cod Poet Laureate, Joe Gouveia, WOMR continues this annual tradition to honor his commitment to the poetry community. Judge Marge Piercy will select the finalists for both the National and Regional categories. $1,000 to the National winner and $300 to a Regional, Cape Cod-based poet. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Colorado Prize for Poetry

Fee: $28; Award: $2,000; Deadline: January 14th

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

French-American Foundation Translation Prizes

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: January 14th

Since 1986, the French-American Foundation, with the longstanding support of the Florence Gould Foundation, has awarded an annual prize for the best translation from French to English in both fiction and nonfiction. Winners are chosen by a jury of translators and literary professionals and honored at an annual Awards Ceremony. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Desert Writers Award

Fee: $15; Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 15th

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to spend creative time in a desert environment. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

William Matthews Poetry Prize

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

Asheville Poetry Review offers a $1,000 prize for a single poem through its annual William Matthews Poetry Prize. All submissions will be considered for publication. Submit 3 poems in a single file, any style, any subject, any length. Previously published work and translations are not eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Rising Writer Prize in Poetry

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 15th

The Rising Writer Prize in Poetry is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 36 years old or younger. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Rising Writer Prize in Fiction

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 15th

The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of fiction by an author 36 years old or younger. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Literal Latté Fiction Award

Fee: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 15th

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15th. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Awards

Fee: $5; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 24th

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by January 24th. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award

Fee: $20; Award: $3,000, Publication, and Agency Review; Deadline: January 31st

The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships & Grants

 

Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000: Deadline: January 2nd

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public reading each semester and must live in the Bay Area during the academic year. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Leon Levy Biography Fellowships

Fee: $0; Award: $72,000; Deadline: January 4th

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student will be given annually to nonfiction writers working on biographies. An additional fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, will be given annually to a writer working on a biography of a figure in the field of science or technology. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

2021 Summer-Fall Studios at MASS MoCA Residency

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 8th

THE STUDIOS AT MASS MoCA WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER/FALL 2021 SEASON. They will not be accepting general applications to the Studios at MASS MoCA for the Summer/Fall 2021 season. Applications will only be accepted from those writers and artists who qualify for one of their specific, fully funded fellowships. You can learn if you qualify for one of these fellowships on their Financial Aid webpage. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships

Fee: $0; Award: $25,000; Deadline: January 13th

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Grants are up to $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Opportunity Fund

Fee: $0; Award: Up to $1,000; Deadline: Rolling

The Opportunity Fund provides grants that support meaningful one-time opportunities for artists living in the City of Boston to further develop their careers, and supports artists who want to plan free arts-focused experiences and events throughout the City that provide increased affordable arts and cultural programming for Bostonians in their neighborhoods. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Work Experience

 

Senior Editor at Nieman Reports

Cambridge, MA

Nieman Reports is a website and quarterly print magazine covering thought leadership in journalism, published by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Nieman Reports produces deeply reported feature stories as well as opinion columns that offer insight into and analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing journalism today. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their listing.

 

Managing Editor at Northeastern University

Boston, MA

The Managing Editor is a key player within the Office of Communications and will collaborate regularly with professionals who manage social media, photography, videography, and digital news delivery. The Managing Editor oversees the day-to-day operations of Northeastern’s award-winning daily news organization, [email protected] For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their listing.

 

Program Coordinator for Youth and Community Programs at GrubStreet

Boston, MA

GrubStreet is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team and help us run our Youth and Community program in advance of our transition to our new space in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. This position will begin March 1, 2021. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their listing.

 

Development Operations Associate at GrubStreet

Boston, MA

The Development Operations Associate is responsible for critical tasks including accurately entering and maintaining donor data with timeliness and confidentiality, processing donations, and coordinating formal gift acknowledgements. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their listing.

 

Development Associate for Leadership Giving at GrubStreet

Boston, MA

The Development Associate for Leadership Giving is responsible for assisting with ongoing fundraising for both the annual fund and the capital campaign to build GrubStreet’s new center for creative writing. This includes communicating closely with individual donors, helping with operations and list management for leadership donors, helping to coordinate events to cultivate and thank donors, and drafting proposals and reports for institutional supporters. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their listing.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to Summertime-Themed Issue for Black Voices

Fee: $0; Award: $50 per piece; Deadline: January 15th

Split Lip Magazine is publishing a special summertime-themed issue for Black Voices, edited by Tyrese Coleman. They are looking for poetry, memoir, flash fiction, fiction, and art. They are only accepting work from Black authors/artists for this issue. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Wear Your Voice

Fee: $0; Award: $150 per piece; Deadline: N/A

Wear Your Voice is a digital feminist magazine for and by LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). They publish reported articles, features, personal essays, and critical analysis of current events, politics, entertainment, culture, sexuality, health, and more. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Delacorte Review - Longform Nonfiction Stories

Fee: $0; Award: $500 per story; Deadline: N/A

The Delacorte Review publishes narrative nonfiction and connects passionate nonfiction writers with readers. They are seeking original works of narrative nonfiction of between 3,500 and 20,000 words. The work cannot have been published elsewhere. 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 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.

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