January Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The January 2019 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, the snowflake-catching. That also matters.






Contests & Awards

$ Dreamers Writing Contest.

Fee: $25; Award: $250; Deadline: Jan 31.

Submit nonfiction stories of migration and/or sense of place, of home or lack of, and empathy to the plight of migrants around the world. You do not need to be a migrant to enter this contest. 


Fellowships, Conferences & Residencies

Free application to the Writer's Room of Boston Fellowship Program.

Fee: $0; Award: fellowship; Deadline: Jan 15. 

The Writers Fellowship Program grants four juried writers full access to the secure, accessible, 24-hour Writer's Room of Boston workspace for one year. Fellowships are available to writers at any stage in their career, published or unpublished, grad student, developing writer, or professional, so long as the writer is serious about their craft.


Jobs & Work Experience

Reader positions at Boston-based Salamander magazine.

Salamander is seeking experienced students and post-graduates of prose and poetry to act as volunteer submission readers for the 2018-2019 submission period. Read 20-25 submissions per month for six months. All work is done remotely and readers receive credit in the masthead and a free subscription. Please contact [email protected] with your name, genre preference, and past experience.


General Submissions

Free submissions to the Black Women/ Superheroes Issue for Transition Magazine.

Fee: $0; Award: publication; Deadline: Jan 15.

Deadline extended from Nov 30 to Jan 15! Grounded in Black feminist theory, this special issue of Transition Magazine seeks to engage a dynamic conversation on the topic Black Women/Superheroes. This issue will explore the notion of Black women’s persistence within a globalized, racialized, and gendered contemporary world. Writers, poets, artists, designers, musicians, and scientists encouraged to submit. 


Free submissions to Room Magazine.

Fee: $0; Award: $50+ CAD and publication; Deadline: Jan 31.

Submit poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction about sports culture and athletics. Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit. 



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About the Author

Sarah "Rah" Sturman is a senior at The American University of Paris, studying Creative Writing and Italian Studies. She fabricates fiction, toys with translation, and has been published in Paris/Atlantic. In her spare time, she creates languages, takes photographs (Instagram: @sarevel), and travels. Her current missions are to find the best French croissants in Boston and the best New York bagels in Paris.

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