August Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

Welcome to the inaugural August 2017 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 local, free to apply, and/or designed to give voice to under represented communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, the caffeine induced procrasti-panicking while binge snacking. That matters too. 


Contests & Awards

Fee: $0; Award: $2,000-$4,000; Deadline: Sep 15.
To support translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.


Free Entry Outlook Springs Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Fee: $0; Award: $500 & publication; Deadline: Sep 15.

Nonfiction 1,500 - 8,000 words. Judge: Meredith Hall.


Massachusetts-based Consequence Magazine's 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry. 

Fee: $10; Award: $250 & publication; Deadline: Oct 1.

Open to all those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. Fiction Judge: Siobhan Fallon. Poetry Judge: Danielle Legros Georges. 


Fellowships & Residencies

Fee: $0; Location: Gambier, OH; Stipend: $35,150 annually; Deadline: Sep 15.
Fellows expected to work on significant writing project, teach one section per semester, and assist with the journal. Open to MFA and PhD grads.


Fee: $0; Location: Ashfield, MA; Deadline: Rolling.
Inclusive of all artists and scholars, regardless of genre and field, at all levels and career stages.


Fee: $0; Location: Northern Indiana; Deadline: Rolling.
Self-directed residencies are scheduled from May through the end of October, accepts applications at any time for flexibly-scheduled retreats from November through April. Assitantships available for financial support.


General Submissions

Fee: $0; Deadline: Aug 23.
Short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction that explores boundaries. Maximum word length: 4,000.
Fee: $0; Deadline Aug 31.
Flash, poetry, memoir, submissions free every other month. Offer expedited and feedback services for a small fee.


Fee: $0; Honorarium: $100; Deadline Aug 31.
Prose and poetry manuscripts under 1,500 words.


Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling.
Short stories, investigative reporting, reviews, essay and memoirs, flash fiction, poetry, journalism, short documentary film, and visual arts. Offer editor feedback for small fee. 


Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling.
Fiction, poetry, translations, and nonfiction (including personal essays, essays on writing, and short reviews).
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About the Author

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

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