Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest. Poetry of 32 or fewer lines in any style. First prize $1,000 and publication. Entry fee $15 for first poem; $10 for additional poems. Deadline Oct. 2.
Erma Bombeck / Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence. “A Hotel Room of One’s Own” at University of Dayton Marriott—private, uninterrupted time for two emerging comedy writers to dive into projects without restrictions or responsibilities. Winners also receive registration for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the only national workshop dedicated to humor writing, at the University of Dayton, April 5–7, 2018. Application fee $25. Deadline Oct. 6.
University of Louisville Calvino Prize. Submit up to 25 standard pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. First prize $2,000 and publication. Entry fee $25. Deadline Oct. 13.
Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay. Seeking honest, unsentimental nonfiction (up to 2,000 words) about soul searching through words. Writers are invited to address mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism, or any other issues connected to making meaning in a complicated world. First prize $500 and publication. Entry fee $15. Deadline Oct. 16.
The Iceland Writers Retreat offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík in April 2018. Candidates’ writing interests should fit well with the faculty for the 2018 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, nonfiction, memoir). Entrants can apply for full or partial funding. See details online. Deadline Oct. 31.
Larry Brown Short Story Award for stories up to 4,000 words. First place $250. Entry fee $10. Deadline Oct. 31.
Writers in Paradise Fellowships and Scholarships. More than 30 fellowships and scholarships. Now accepting submissions for workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Writers in Paradise, from Jan. 13–20, 2018, offers eight days of workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, readings, book signings, and receptions at Boca Ciega Bay, St. Petersburg, FL. Deadline Nov. 15.
The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest. In a time of anti-immigrant sentiment and racial intolerance, Backbone Press announces the Shared Dream Chapbook Contest for immigrant poets. First prize $250 and publication by Backbone Press. Submit chapbook-length manuscripts, 18–30 pages. No entry fee. Deadline Nov. 30.
Reykjavík. Apply now for financial assistance to attend the Iceland Writer's Retreat. Details at left.
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