August Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers
The August 2018 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 running after the ice cream truck for three blocks to get a much-deserved popsicle. That matters too.
Contests & Awards
African-American authors (with U.S. citizenship) who are published but not yet widely recognized for their work. Works of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2018. Self-publication not accepted.
Fee: $0; Award: $250 and publication; Deadline: Aug 31.
Submit poetry chapbooks between 20 and 40 pages in length. All finalists will be considered for publication. This year's judge is poet and teacher Eduardo C. Corral.
Fee: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: Aug 31.
Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. Half of SAF awards are made to applicants of color.
$ Off the Grid Press Prize for Poets over Sixty.
Fee: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: Aug 31.
Submit up to 50 pages of prose and up to 35 pages of poetry. Off the Grid Press is looking for work by poets over sixty, ripened in craft and vision, and sufficiently sprightly to promote their work through readings and other networks.
Fee: $0; Award $2,000 and publication; Deadline: Aug 31.
The New Visions Award is given annually to an unpublished Native/Indigenous author or author of color for a middle grade or young adult manuscript. Winners receive a cash prize and a contract with Lee & Low Books.
Fee: $0; Award: coaching and mentorship; Deadline: Aug 31.
Open to unpublished writers of color who have met certain criteria. Scholarship starts Jan 2019.
Fellowships & Residencies
Fee: $0; Deadline: Aug 31.
Submission length varies by category. Proximity encourages submissions from women, writers of color, and marginalized individuals, including gender-nonconforming and LGBTQ writers. Previously unpublished submissions only (exceptions apply). Multiple submissions welcome. Issue 20's guest editors are Leonarda Carranza, Danielle Daniel, and Maria Turner.
Colwill is an instructor and manuscript consultant at GrubStreet, an associate editor at Bat City Review, and an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating a scholarship awardee of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, Colwill found representation for her first novel, Before We Tear Our Selves Apart, with Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic, which is currently on submission to publishing houses. She is the recipient of the Wellspring House Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize, and a Crawley-Garwood Research Grant, and has received fellowships and support from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, Kansas State University, the Anderson Center for Disciplinary Studies, and GrubStreet. She was a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize, the 2019 Reynolds Price Award, the 2019 Far Horizons Fiction Award, the 2019 Disquiet International Literary Prize, and the 2019 Lit Fest Emerging Writer Fellowship. Colwill’s fiction is forthcoming in Granta and is anthologized in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53). She has served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine, The Conium Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Pangyrus magazine. Colwill is a founding member of the Back Porch Collective, a Boston-based group of writers. With members connected to Cuba, India, Albania, Atlanta, Bosnia, Miami, Jamaica, and the UK, they bonded over a common passion for global narratives and literature’s potential to create empathy and understanding across all geographical, political, and cultural borders. Hailing from Yorkshire, in the north of England, Colwill is determined to introduce the word “sozzard” to the American vernacular. For a full list of publications, projects, and services, please visit colwillbrown.com.See other articles by Colwill Brown