These are contests, as well as grants and fellowships for writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and for translators. You should send in your submissions ASAP as the deadline for these contests is April. They range from £50 to $50,000, and there is no entry fee for any of them.
1. So Fellowship: This is for giving writers the time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. Writers must have a novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid), or a poetry collection, in progress. There are two fellowships, one for writers who are immigrants in the US, either documented or undocumented, and another is for Native American writers. The prize includes
3. 23rd Annual Parsec Ink Short Story Contest — Noir This is a contest for a science fiction, fantasy or horror short story (up to 3,500 words) on the theme ‘Noir’ – the winning story will be one which uses the contest theme as a key element. Entrants must be non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for Science Fiction Writers of America or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication). Read the terms carefully – one of these is, “Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the author upon publication.” Value: $200, $100, $50 Deadline: 15 April 2019 Open for: Non-professional writers (see guidelines) Details here.
4. 2019 ALTA Travel Fellowship Each year, between four and six
5. Hektoen Journal: Grand Prix Essay Competition This is a journal of medical humanities. For their seventh Grand Prix competition, they want an essay of up to 1,600 words. Topics might include art, history, literature, education, etc. as they relate to medicine. Read the rules carefully: “Submission of an article implies consent to publish in Hektoen International. If accepted for publication, an article may be published at any time regardless of the outcome of the competition. If major edits are made, proofs will be sent to the authors before publication.” Value: $3,000; $800 Deadline: 15 April 2019 Open for: All writers Details here.
6. Saroyan Writing Contest 2019: Important Places This is an essay contest for students. The theme is ‘Important Places’ – their guidelines say, “Places are central to William Saroyan’s writing, often as significant to the story as the characters. … Write about a place that is important to you. How has that place contributed to who you are and/or your plans for the future?” There are specific requirements if this contest is used as a class project. There are five categories of participants, in grades 1 through 12. Value: $100, $75, $50 Deadline: 15 April 2019 Open for: Students Details here (can download the entry form from here).
7. Ayn Rand Institute: Three Essay Contests for Students These are international essay contests for students
a. Anthem: There are contests for two sets of grade levels: one for 8th, 9th, and 10th, and another for those in 11th and 12th grade. Submit an essay of 600-1,200 words on one of three specific topics
b. The Fountainhead: This is for those in 11th and 12th grade. Submit an essay of 800-1,600 words on one of three specific topics
c. Atlas Shrugged: This is for 12th graders, college undergraduates
8. Whiting Foundation: Creative Nonfiction Grant Up to eight grants will be awarded to US writers of creative non-fiction, for books under contract by US publishers – the subjects include, but are not limited to, history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays. It is intended for multiyear book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused research, thinking, and writing, after significant work has been accomplished. The work should be intended for general, not academic, audiences. One of the application requirements is three sample
9. Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships These fellowships are for young poets in the US (see guidelines).
10. The Irene Adler Prize The scholarship is for a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the US or Canada. Applicants are to write a 500-word essay on one of these three topics: — “Why are you studying journalism, creative writing, or literature?” — “Which woman inspires you to write despite not being principally known as a writer herself?” — “If you could live anywhere outside North America, where would you go and what would you do there?” Value: $1,000 Deadline: 30 April 2019 Open for: US or Canadian citizens Details here.
11. Humane Education Network: A Voice for Animals This is an international essay contest for students in two categories: for 14-15-year-olds, and for 16-18-year-olds. The essay themes include
12. Lake Superior State University High School Short Story Prize This prize is for a short story on any theme, of up to 5,000 words, by a high school student residing in the US or Canada. The $500 prize can be increased to a $1,000 cash scholarship if the student chooses to attend Lake Superior State University. Value: $500; can be increased to a $1,000 scholarship Deadline: 30 April 2019 Open
13. Tamworth Litfest Writing Competition For this contest, they want stories and poems on any theme. The contest is free to enter in two categories — Secondary school (ages 7-11), of up to 1,000 words, and Primary school (up to and including year 6), of up to 500 words. Value: £50, £25, £15 for Secondary school; £20, £15, £10 for Primary school Deadline: 30 April 2019 Open
14. Remastered Words Contest This organization creates audio dramatizations of short story submissions and an audio recording. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words in any fantasy sub-genre. Value: £75, £50, £25, and royalties Deadline: 1 May 2019 Open
15. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture: Hiett Prize in the
16. The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting This is for UK-based (see guidelines) playwrights of any background, and some playwrights from other countries. They want a play script of 1 hour or above. Their guidelines also say, “An International Award of £8,000 – open to international playwrights invited to anonymously apply via our named international partners: The BANFF Centre in Canada; Belvoir Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company in Australia; Berkeley Rep and Playwrights Horizons in the USA. We are afraid that no other international submissions can be considered at this time.” Value: First prize £16,000, Judges’ Award of £8,000, Original New Voice Award of £8,000, an International Award of £8,000 Deadline: 5 June 2019 Open