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Sesame Writers' Room Fellowship (Deadline February 4)

Let's bring more voices to the table! Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. And we are looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Participants must be able to attend 8 weekly sessions in NYC, which will be held on a weeknight evening.

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline January 15 – $3000 + Agency Review)

Welcome to our Winter Short Story Award For New Writers. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, and Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media. It’s an awesome chance to get your work seen by agents in the industry.

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Let's Talk About Sex – Deadline July 16 – $1000)

For the spring 2019 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for true stories about doing it. Whether you’re straight, gay, or other; alone, in a couple, or in a crowd; doing it for the first time or the last, or not doing it at all, we want to hear your story.

As always, we’re interested in stories that are more than mere anecdotes, and we love work that incorporates an element of research and/or makes a connection to a larger story or theme. We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme.

Please note: for this issue, we are interested primarily (and perhaps even exclusively) in stories of consensual and/or victimless sex. Also note, we are not seeking erotica. No photos, please. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special issue of the magazine to be published in spring 2019.

Submittable 2018 Eliza So Fellowship (Las Vegas, Nevada – Deadline March 25)

Submittable is thrilled to announce the second annual Eliza So Fellowship, in partnership with The Writer’s Block and Plympton. This month-long residency in Las Vegas will offer award recipients time and solitude to help them finish a book that is already in progress. The program’s inaugural fellow was Melissa Sipin in 2017.

The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer’s Block, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. Submittable will accept applications between January 1 and March 25, 2018, and results will be announced June 1. We’re pleased to expand the program this year to offer two residencies between September and December, and awarded in the following categories: The Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant Writers and The Eliza So Fellowship for Montana Indigenous Writers.

Australian Book Review 2018 Calibre Essay Prize (Deadline January 15 – $3000)

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Calibre Essay Prize. The Calibre Prize, founded in 2007, is one of the world's leading prizes for an original non-fiction essay. It is now worth a total of $7,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. The winning essay will be published in ABR’s 400th issue in April 2018.

First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500

Essays must range from 3,000 to 6,000 words and be written in English. Deadline for entries is 15 January 2018. This year the Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose (ABR Editor and CEO).

Poor Joker Press Call for Submissions

Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing. All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them—in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move. Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. 

Electric Literature Call for 300-Word Love Stories (Deadline January 16)

We’re five issues away from a milestone (and Valentine’s Day), and we want to publish the people who got us there — you. 

The Love Story, and its shadow, The Heartbreak Story, are a kind that will never get old — there will be versions and retellings and sequels for as long as humans exist. Love, in short, is perhaps the grandest source of anguish and inspiration. So we’ve decided that’s what we want for our 300th issue: Love, in short.

For one week, from January 8 through the 16th (yay for long weekends!), we’ll be opening submissions for 300-word love stories. Recommended Reading only publishes fiction, though it is up to you how thinly you choose to veil the scumbag character who cheats and then meets an untimely death.

The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship (Little Rock, Arkansas – Deadline March 24 – $10,000)

Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. In 2010, he initiated the Laman Library Writers Fellowship, an annual award that honored Arkansas writers.

The chosen writer will receive $10,000 for a nine-month residency in Central Arkansas to work on a book of debut creative nonfiction. Writers of any genre are invited to apply. Although the writer may have published books in other genres, the proposed project must be for a debut book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript may, however, be in any stage of development: draft, agency representation, contracted, or not. For the purposes of this fellowship, creative nonfiction is defined as literary journalism, memoir, reportage, criticism, or the lyric essay. 


Upcoming Deadlines

The MacDowell Colony Fellowships for Summer 2018 (Deadline January 15)
Australian Book Review
2018 Calibre Essay Prize (Deadline January 15 – $3000)
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) of Los Angeles +LAB Artist Residency Program (Deadline January 15)
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline January 15 – $3000 + Agency Review)
& InterAction Initiative Inc. Privilege & Identity Abroad Narrative Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program
(Saint-Paul de Vence, France – Deadline January 15)
Electric Literature Call for 300-Word Love Stories (Deadline January 16)
The Iowa Review Awards (Deadline January 31 – $1500)
Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Deadline January 31 – $12,000)
The 2018 DISQUIET Prize (Lisbon, Portugal – Deadline January 31)
Magma Poetry Call for Submissions (Theme: Film – Deadline January 31)
The Chattahoochee Review
 Lamar York Prizes
 (Deadline January 31 – $1000) 
American Short(er) Fiction Prize (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
Sesame Writers' Room Fellowship (Deadline February 4)
Slag Glass City
Call for Submissions (Theme: Dear City – Deadline February 15)
Santa Fe Art Institute Truth & Reconciliation Residency (Santa Fe, NM – Deadline February 15)
Creative Nonfiction
Call for Submissions (Theme: Intoxication – Deadline February 26 – $1000)
ASU Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest (Deadline February 28 – $1000)
Summer Literary Seminars Fiction & Poetry Contest (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya and Tbilisi, Georgia – Deadline February 28)
Colorado Review / Center for Literary Publishing Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)
Copper Nickel
 Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)
Submittable 2018 Eliza So Fellowship (Las Vegas, Nevada – Deadline March 25)
Bayou Magazine Call for Submissions
 (Deadline May 1)
The Normal School Nonfiction Series
from Outpost19 Call for Submissions
(Deadline May 1)
The Gettysburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Let's Talk About Sex – Deadline July 16 – $1000)

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