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October 2020 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The October 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, pumpkin picking. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

GrubStreet Writing Contest | Writing Black Joy: True Stories From Real People

Fee: $0; Award: $500 - $1,000; Deadline: October 12th

During a time when the news is mostly dispiriting, we want to read true stories about joy – specifically Black joy: moments, scenes, memories, that celebrate Black families, relationships, culture, and history. We are looking for a vivid story that is transporting and meaningful – maybe funny, maybe poignant, but always with joy at its center. The winner will receive $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500. This contest is in partnership with MBK Boston and the Black Joy Project by Thaddeus Miles. For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

 

2020 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook / Novelette Contest

Fee: $18; Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 12th

The winner of the annual Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook / Novelette Contest wins a $1,000 prize, publication of the perfect bound pocket series chapbook / novelette with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning chapbook / novelette, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including prominent display ads in Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

Fee: $15; Award: $100 - $1,000; Deadline: October 15th

The Steve Kowit Poetry Prize prize awards $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual to the winning poet. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be invited to read at the annual awards reception in April 2021. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

TWF Poetry Contest 2020-2021

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: October 16th

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Antenna::Signals is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2021. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

TWF Very Short Fiction Contest 2020-2021

Fee: $10; Award: $500; Deadline: October 16th

A prize of $500 and publication in New Orleans Review Web Features is given annually for a group of short stories. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2021. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

  

Sixfold Poetry and Short Story Awards

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by October 24th. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Ingram Group distribution. Open to ALL. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted.  The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. All entries will be considered for publication. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Poetry Society of the United Kingdom | National Poetry Competition

Fee: $9; Award: $6,350; Deadline: October 31st

The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

PEN/Faulkner Foundation Award for Fiction

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: October 31st

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited to read in Washington, D.C., in May 2021. There is no entry fee. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Red Hen Press | Quill (Queer) Prose Award

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

Quill seeks to publish quality literature by queer writers. The Quill Prose Award is for a work of previously unpublished prose with a minimum of 150 pages, by a queer writer. Winner will receive $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: November 1st

Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith will select three winning stories. Each winning writer will be awarded $1,000, a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and publication in CRAFT with an introduction by Leesa Cross-Smith. For complete submission guidelines, please visit their website.

 

Fellowships & Grants

 

BIPOC Community Grants

Fee: $0; Award: Fellowships of up to $4,000 / Project Grants of between $3,000 and $15,000 each; Deadline: October 12th

The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) has launched a new grant program to support the local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community with a special emphasis on serving the Black community and celebrating Black culture. This grant program is designed to serve individual BIPOC artists, as well as build organizational capacity to provide leadership in arts presenting, programming and instruction that predominantly serves BIPOC culture. For more information please visit their website.

 

Work Experience

 

Full-Time Podcast Writer and Producer for Design is Everywhere

Remote; Deadline: October 2nd

Design Museum Everywhere is seeking a full-time writer and producer for their weekly podcast, Design is Everywhere. They seek a creative and organized design-focused researcher/writer/storyteller with project management skills to build on the success of Design is Everywhere, to manage the program, and continue to share stories of design making impact. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Part-Time Education Newsletter and Editorial Contractor at Artisan's Asylum

Remote; Deadline: October 16th

This position will be responsible for the monthly deployment of a highly crafted newsletter, which may include writing, researching and editing content of Artisan’s Asylum’s educational programs and offerings. Additional responsibilities will include writing and/or editing a monthly blog as a feature of the monthly newsletter. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Part-Time Content Writer at ABP Agency

Remote; Deadline: October 31st

ABP Agency is a boutique arts agency in search of a contributing writer for its new blog. You will be writing short articles about music, weddings, and events in a variety of formats, including “listicles.” You will also be transcribing audio from interviews. For complete details of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website.

 

Submissions

 

CRAFT | Short Fiction Fast Response: Free for Black Writers

Fee: $0; Deadline: N/A

While CRAFT submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this year they are offering fast responses for free to Black writers. This form is for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts) between 1,000 and 6,000 words. CRAFT will pay $200 for accepted short stories. To learn more visit CRAFT’s website.

 

CRAFT | Short Fiction Fast Response: Free with Proof of Donation in Support of BLM

Fee: $0; Deadline: N/A

While CRAFT submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this year they are offering fast responses for free to Black writers. This form is currently open ONLY to writers who attach proof of donation ($12 minimum) to an organization in support of Black lives. CRAFT will pay $200 for accepted short stories. To learn more visit CRAFT’s website.

 

CRAFT | Flash Fiction Fast Response: Free for Black Writers

Fee: $0; Deadline: N/A

While CRAFT submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this year they are offering fast responses for free to Black writers. This form is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words. CRAFT will pay $100 for accepted flash fiction. To learn more visit CRAFT’s website.

 

CRAFT | Flash Fiction Fast Response: Free with Proof of Donation in Support of BLM

Fee: $0; Deadline: N/A

While CRAFT submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this year they are offering fast responses for free to Black writers. This form is currently open ONLY to writers who attach proof of donation ($12 minimum) to an organization in support of Black lives. To learn more visit CRAFT’s website.

 

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.

 

Submissions to A Call for Joy

Fee: $0; Accepting submissions now until November 1st

Author and creator Kwame Mbalia is launching a call for submissions with the hope of finding two writers to be published in a to-be-announced Middle Grade anthology (i.e. targeted towards readers age 8-12) that will center the joy of Black boyhood. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to One Story

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Accepting submissions now until November 14th

One Story is seeking literary fiction. They are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to FIYAH 2021: Unthemed 

Fee: $0; Accepting submissions now until December 31st

FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation. They accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words, novelettes up to 15,000 words, and poetry with speculative elements. View more submission guidelines here.

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