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July 2020 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The July 2020 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on 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, perfecting your grilling technique. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Literary Awards

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: July 14th

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Click here to view full submission guidelines.

 

The Story Prize

Fee: $0; Award: $20,000; Deadline: July 15th

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the current year. For complete guidelines visit the website.

 

Prizes in Poetry and Prose

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. Click here to view full submission guidelines.

 

Travel Writing Contest

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” For complete guidelines visit the website.

 

Poetry and Short Story Awards

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. For complete guidelines visit the website.

 

Bard Fiction Prize

Fee: $0; Award: $30,000; Deadline: July 30th

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. Submit three copies of a published book of fiction and a curriculum vitae by July 30. Click here to view submission guidelines.

 

Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-continental prairies.” Authors and publishers may submit two copies of a book published in 2019 by July 31st. For complete guidelines visit the website.

 

New Millennium Awards

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Click here to view submission guidelines.

 

Short Story Contest

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

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. The winning story and all entries are considered for publication in F(r)iction. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

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. In the spirit of Erma Bombeck, the tone can be humorous, absurd, even offbeat. Open to writers 18 years and older. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

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.

 

Fellowships & Grants

 

RIRJ Grants for Artists of Color to Imagine a Racially Just Future with Their Communities

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000 - $40,000; Deadline: July 8th

Radical Imagination for Racial Justice seeks to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

2021 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellowships

Fee: $0; Deadline: July 15th

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to offer full and partial teaching fellowships for writers to teach at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. Created as a showcase for writers whose voices may not otherwise be heard at our conference, fellows are an integral part of the Desert Nights experience. Please visit their website for the complete details.

 

Work Experience

 

Mass Poetry Program Assistant Internship

Boston, MA

Mass Poetry seeks a Program Assistant Intern for the Fall 2020 semester (September – December) to support the Education Director in their work. This role has an August start date and has the possibility to extend beyond the Fall 2020 semester. The position requires approximately 10 – 12 hours per week. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Mass Poetry Development Assistant Internship

Boston, MA

Mass Poetry seeks a Development Assistant Intern for the Fall 2020 semester (September – December) to support the Executive Director with Mass Poetry’s fundraising efforts. This role has an August start date and has the possibility to extend beyond the Fall 2020 semester. The position requires approximately 5 - 8 hours per week. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

WBUR Program & Production Weekend Producer / All Things Considered Writer

Boston, MA

WBUR is looking for a Weekend Producer / ATC Writer. The Weekend Producer / ATC writer produces Weekend Edition on Saturday and Sunday mornings and is the main writer for All Things Considered three afternoons / evenings on weekdays each week. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Page Street Publishing Associate Editor/Nonfiction

Salem, MA

Page Street Publishing is looking for an associate editor to join its growing team—particularly someone with a passion for cooking. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to midnight & indigo 

Fee: $0; Deadline: July 12th

midnight & indigo is looking for previously unpublished, character-driven, speculative short stories written by Black women writers. Speculative fiction is a broad genre encompassing fiction with certain elements that do not exist in the real world, often in the context of supernatural, futuristic or other imaginative themes. For more submission details, click here.

 

Submissions to Black Poetry Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: September 31st

Black Poetry Review is an online literary journal of poetry by poets of the Black diaspora. For the Discovery Issue, if you are a poet of the Black diaspora with less than two books published, please submit 1-3 poems. For complete submission guidelines and prize details, visit their website.

 

Submissions to The Sun 

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

The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. They have been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. They publish 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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