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January 2022 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The January 2022 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, drinking all the hot chocolate. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Gemini Magazine | Poetry Open

Fee: $8; Award: $1,000 and publication; Deadline: January 4th

The first place winner of Gemini Magazine’s Poetry Open will receive $1,000. Poetry can be on any subject, style or length. All entries must be unpublished. Poems on personal blogs are eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Button Poetry | Chapbook Contest

Fee: $15; Award: Publication, 50 free author copies, and a $500 honorarium; Deadline: January 10th

Button Poetry’s Chapbook Contest is open to all previously unpublished, chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry (loosely defined) written in English. Manuscripts that contain previously published poems are eligible, so long as the manuscript is unpublished as a collection. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Winter Anthology | Writing Contest

Fee: $11; Award: $1,000 and publication; Deadline: January 10th

The winner will be published in Volume 12 of The Winter Anthology and receive a $1,000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published and unpublished writings are equally welcome. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

92Y Unterberg Poetry Center | Discovery Poetry Contest

Fee: $15; Award: $500 and publication; Deadline: January 10th

Four winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a two-night residency at the ACE Hotel and $500 each. The contest is open to poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

French-American Foundation | Translation Prizes

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

The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are pleased to invite you to participate in the 35th Annual Translation Prize competition. A $10,000 award in fiction and a $10,000 award in nonfiction will be disbursed to translators in 2022 for excellent translations from French into English, and winning books will be promoted to our networks. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Colorado Review | Colorado Prize for Poetry

Fee: $25; Award: $2,500; Deadline: January 14th

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prize winner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Asheville Poetry Review | 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. 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.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University | Levis Reading Prize

Fee: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 15th

The winner of the Levis Reading Prize will receive an honorarium and are invited, expenses paid, to Richmond, VA, to present a public reading in the following fall. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New American Press | Poetry Prize

Fee: $20; Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 15th

The New American Poetry Prize is awarded each year to a full-length collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,500 and a book contract, as well as 25 author's copies and promotional support. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Ellen Meloy Fund | Desert Writers Award

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

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers grants one $5,000 award in the spring of each year. Only proposals for literary or creative nonfiction book projects will be considered. No fiction or poetry proposals will be reviewed. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Australian Book Review | Calibre Essay Prize

Fee: $19; Award: $3,734; Deadline: January 17th

The Calibre Essay Prize is open to all essayists writing in English. They seek essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. They welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Sixfold | Poetry and Short Story Awards

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

Two prize winners will receive $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold for a group of poems and a short story. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The DISQUIET International Literary Program | The 2022 DISQUIET Prize

Fee: $15; Award: Full Scholarship; Deadline: January 24th

Multi-genre award for the best poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on any subject, by an author who has not yet published more than one book with a major publisher. Entries must be in English. Entries may not be previously published. The winner in each genre will be published. The grand prize winner will also receive a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000USD travel stipend, to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Genre winners will receive a $500 cash prize in addition to publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

North Carolina Writers' Network | Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Fee: $15 – $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 30th

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Passager Books | Henry Morgenthau III First Book Poetry Prize

Fee: $25; Award: $3,000; Deadline: January 30th

The prize winner will receive $3,000 and publication by Passager Books for a first book of poems by a writer age 70 or older. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Fee: $0; Award: $13,794; Deadline: January 31st

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual award for a short story by an African writer published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Crazyhorse | Writing Prizes

Fee: $20; Award: $2,000; Deadline: January 31st

From January 1st to January 31st, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Stanford Libraries | William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Fee: $50; Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 31st

Given by Stanford Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Masters Review | Short Story Award for New Writers

Fee: $20; Award: $3,000; 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.

 

Schaffner Press | Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature will be given to the writer of an unpublished manuscript who submits a literary work in the English language, either fiction, poetry or nonfiction (ie. memoir, autobiography, or essay collection) that deals in some way with the subject of music (of any genre and period) and its influence. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Ghost Story | Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

For flash fiction pieces of between 250 and 1,000 words that contain a supernatural theme or element. Winner will receive $1,000 and publication on The Ghost Story website as well as in our upcoming print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories: Volume III. Two honorable mentions receive $200 plus print and online publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Iowa Review | Iowa Review Awards

Fee: $20; Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31st

The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Black Lawrence Press | Big Moose Prize

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New Millennium Writings | New Millennium Writing Awards

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

First Place in each category (poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and nonfiction) receives a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Regal House Publishing | Terry J. Cox Poetry Award

Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

The Terry J. Cox Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s poetry collection, while also honoring the founder’s late father who held a lifelong love of poetry. The 2022 Winner Receives: Poetry publication by Regal House Publishing in the summer of 2024 in paperback and $1,000 prize. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry Northwest | James Welch Prize

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

Poetry Northwest’s James Welch Prize is awarded for two outstanding poems, each written by an Indigenous U.S. poet. The prize is named for Blackfeet and Gros Ventre writer James Welch, whose early poems were featured in Poetry Northwest and who went on to become one of the region’s most important writers. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships & Grants

 

Circle of Confusion | Writers Discovery Fellowship

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000 stipend; Deadline: January 2nd

Circle of Confusion will provide an immersive introductory experience to the world of professional screen and television writing to a diverse group of aspiring writers who have not yet been employed or represented by the industry. The Fellows will each be given a $10,000 stipend by way of a first look deal with Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

San José State University | Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: January 3rd

The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University offers writers of any age and background a $15,000 fellowship to finish a significant writing project. Fellowships are currently offered in Creative Writing (excluding poetry) and Steinbeck Studies. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science and the media.  Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Leon Levy Center for Biography | Leon Levy Biography Fellowships

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

The Leon Levy Center for Biography offers four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center for the academic year beginning each September. Awards include writing space, full access to research facilities, research assistance and a stipend of $72,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Mass MoCA Assets for Artists | Fellowship for Black or Indigenous Artists and Writers

Fee: $0; Award: Fellowship, residency; Deadline: January 8th

Recognizing the additional barriers faced by Black and Indigenous creators of all disciplines, the Studios shall award a limited number of additional fellowships to artists or writers working in any discipline who identify as Black or Indigenous. These fellowships fund all residency fees for up to four weeks in residence. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

National Endowment for the Arts | Translation Fellowships

Fee: $0; Award: $25,000; Deadline: January 12th

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.

 

University of Texas | Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Fee: $20; Award: $18,000 – $24,000; Deadline: January 15th

The Dobie Paisano Fellowships are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who have published significant work with a Texas subject. The Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship is given to a writer in any stage of their career and includes a grant of $18,000. The Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship is given to a writer who has demonstrated “publishing and critical success” and includes a grant of $24,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Mass Cultural Council | Artist Fellowships

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: January 24th

Mass Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships are direct grants to artists to recognize exceptional creative work. They consider individual artists to be an essential part of our vital communities, and hope the awards will foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Artist Fellowships are $15,000, and Finalist awards are $5,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund | Individual Artist Grants for Women

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31st

The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund awards small support grants ($500 - $1,500) to individual feminist women in the arts who are citizens with primary residence in the US and Canada. 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.

 

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.

 

HarperCollins Publishers | Editorial Assistant

Boston, MA

HarperCollins Children’s Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and editorial support to two executive editors at Clarion Books, an imprint in the Children’s division. Learn more and apply here.

 

Boston Book Festival | Executive Director

Boston, MA

Change is in the air, and the BBF is changing too. We are looking for a visionary leader to take the Boston Book Festival into the future with renewed energy and commitment to uplift and inspire through the power of words and books. Learn more and apply here.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to Ploughshares

Fee: $3; Deadline: January 15th

Ploughshares welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction during our regular reading period, which runs from June 1st to January 15th. The literary journal is published four times a year: mixed issues of poetry and prose in the Spring and Winter, a prose issue in the summer, and a longform prose issue in the Fall, with two of the four issues per year guest-edited by a different writer of prominence. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Worcester Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: January 31st

The Worcester Review publishes literary fiction and poetry by new and established writers, as well as critical commentary on aspects of Central Massachusetts literary culture and history. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Soundings East

Fee: $; 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 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: N/A

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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