September Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers
The September 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 taking that idyllic shot of your apple picking excursion to prove to your Insta followers that you do occasionally leave the house. That matters too.
Contests & Awards
Fee: $22; Award: $1,500 & publication; Deadline: Sept 24.
Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. The New Guard does not accept novel excerpts. Judge: Rick Moody.
Fee: $30; Award: $1,000 and publication; Deadline: Sept 30.
Submit a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novella or novel, and an essay collection.
Fee: $12; Award: $500, publication, residency; Deadline: Sept 30.
Awarded annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500,
Fee: $20; Award: $1,500; Deadline: Oct 1.
Alexander Chee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words. Entry fee includes a copy of Boston Review's 2018 special literary supplement, Evil Empire.
Fellowships & Residencies
Fee: $0; Award: $70,000; Deadline: Sept 28.
Up to fifteen fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library. The Fellowships run from September 2019 through May 2020.
Free application to fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin.
Fee: $0; Award: $5,000 and residency; Deadline: Oct 5.
Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American Academy in Berlin. Fellows receive a $5,000 monthly stipend, lodging, partial board, and round-trip airfare.
Fee: $0; Award: publication; Deadline: Sept 15.
Submit all formats of work that grapple with translation, multilingualism, and the blurred lines between languages and in communication.
Fee: $0; Award: publication; Deadline: Sept 15.
We are seeking submissions on any subject in all genres of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and cross-genre work, by North American Muslims for publication in an anthology.
Fee: $0; Award: cash payment; Deadline: Sept 30.
This feature welcomes submissions by all undocumented, noncitizen, and/or first-generation immigrants of color who have stories about struggling with obtaining documentation or have otherwise experienced violence under the U.S. immigration system.
Fee: $0; Award: publication; Deadline: Oct 1.
Submit works of literature, illustration, music, and other art that relate to maps and their complexities.
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Colwill is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, and a recipient of the work-study scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize. She was named a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize, and her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53), Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry and Audience, and other places, and her essays have featured on Dead Darlings and elsewhere. She's served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review and is currently Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. A scholarship awardee for GrubStreet's Novel Incubator, after graduating from the program Colwill found representation for her first novel with literary agent Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic. She was educated at Leeds University in England, where she received her BA hons in English Language and Literature (International), with stints at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Kansas State University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded the Seaton Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. Most recently, Colwill completed a Master's degree in English Literature at Boston College, for which she was awarded a full scholarship. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, her life's mission is to introduce the word "sozzard" to the American vernacular. For a full list of publications, projects, and other services, including copy editing, please visit colwillbrown.com.See other articles by Colwill Brown