The August 2020 edition of “Writing Life Essentials” is a regular monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards. We try to focus on opportunities that are at least among the following: local, free to apply, and/or dedicated to commemorating and supporting writers from traditionally marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, pushing back mosquitoes. Thats important, too
Fellowships & & Grants
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Childrens and Young Adult Novelist.
The award was established to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and help a writer at a crucial minute in their career to finish their book. The author of the winning manuscript, picked blindly by judges uninformed of candidates names, will get an award of $5,000.
Charge: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: August 1st.
Cost: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: August 1st.
A grant of $10,000 will be provided yearly for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “uses narrative history to brighten an occasion, specific, location, or movement.” Submit a composing sample of 20 to 40 pages, 6 to 10 pages of transcribed interviews, a curriculum vitae, and an outline and description of the project by August 1st. Please visit their website for the total details
PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History.
2021 Studios at MASS MoCA Winter/Spring Residency.
Fee: $0; Award: $650 weekly; Deadline: August 8th.
Applications must be gotten by Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM. At least 2 of the residency slots (and potentially more) will be granted to applicants using through this complimentary open call with CreateWell.
MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program welcomes authors and artists to get residencies from 2 week to 8 weeks in length. They welcome applications from artists in all career phases, earnings levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, fiber artists, printmakers, authors, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.). Please visit their website for the total information
Fee: $0; Award: Free 4-week residency and stipend of $250; Deadline: August 23rd.
CreateWell/ Studios at MASS MoCA Massachusetts Financial Wellness Residency|Feb 2021.
New York, NY or Remote.
The Mary Sue Part-Time Books Editor.
The Mary Sue is looking for somebody with a passion for and deep understanding of books, the publishing market, and authors and other significant players. Applications are open to ANYONE, and applicants who are LGBTQIA, people of color, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to use. For complete information of roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit their website
Contests & & Awards
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Lee & & Low Books New Visions Award.
Send your brief, brief story to Gemini Magazines Flash Fiction contest by August 31st. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine. Please visit their website for complete submission information
Fee: $18; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st.
Aspen Words Literary Prize.
Fee: $6; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st.
A prize of $230 will be provided to a narrative of 2,000 words or less. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will be released on Chalk Circles website or released in an anthology. Please visit their website for complete submission details
The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 yearly award for an influential work of fiction that brightens an essential contemporary concern and shows the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. Eligible works include books or narrative collections that address questions of violence, inequality, gender, the environment, migration, religion, race or other social concerns. For total submission guidelines, please visit their site
Fee: $6; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st.
Cost: $20; Award: $3,000; Deadline: August 30th.
A reward of $15,000 is offered each year to an emerging African American writer for a book of fiction published in the existing year. The winner likewise receives travel and accommodations costs to go to an awards ceremony and take part in academic outreach events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in January 2021. Please visit their website for complete submission information
Charge: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st.
Cost: $25; Award: $300; Deadline: August 1st.
The Summer Short Story Award for New Writers runs from July 1st to August 30th. The winning story will be awarded $3,000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be granted publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and respectable mentions will receive company evaluation. Please visit their site for complete submission details
Nickies Prize for Humor Writing: “Sisters”.
The winner gets $1,000 and publication in the journal. Please visit their site for complete submission details
The contest grants its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Please visit their website for complete submission information
Submit your poem to Red Wheelbarrows poetry contest by August 15th. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the winning poem. Please visit their website for complete submission details
Charge: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 15th.
Gulf Coast Prize in Translation.
TulipTree Publishing|Stories That Need to Be Told Contest.
Charge: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 31st.
Submit your best operate in any genre, fiction or nonfiction, to The Writers 2020 Summer Flash Contest. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Writer. Please visit their site for full submission information
Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest.
A prize of $1,000 is offered yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story that requires to be told.” The winner will likewise receive a two-year membership to Duotrope and publication in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told. Please visit their site for full submission details
Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers.
The award will be given for a middle grade or young adult unique by an author of color or Native/Indigenous author. Developed in 2012, the New Visions Award motivates authors of color and Native countries to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in supporting new talent. Please visit their website for complete submission details
Chalk Circle Short Story Competition 2020.
Cost: $7; Award: $230; Deadline: August 31st.
Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose.
Cost: $60; Award: $35,000; Deadline: August 1st.
Charge: $25; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 12th.
The Writer 2020 Summer Flash Contest.
A reward of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given yearly for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Please visit their website for full submission details
Charge: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: August 3rd.
The University of Daytons Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop is looking for amusing nonfiction essays that convey your special bond with your sibling. All original product will be considered, consisting of pieces that broaden on the style, such as buddies who are like sisters. Open to writers 18 years and older. For complete submission standards, please visit their site
Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize.
Charge: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: August 15th.
Red Hen Press Quill Prose Award.
2020 University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize.
The chosen author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($ 10,000) bear down royalties and a contract to release with The University of New Orleans Press. The contest is open to all authors from any country, no matter publishing history. Please visit their website for complete submission information.
Fee: $28; Award: $10,000; Deadline: September 1st.
Cost: $0; Accepting submissions from now up until September 8th.
After Happy Hour is looking for submissions of numerous various genres, consisting of fiction, imaginative nonfiction, poetry, comics, and more. There are guidelines for each particular classification. View more submission guidelines here
Fee: $0; Deadline: August 16th.
They will consider stories sent by any female author, regardless of experience or composing resume. View more submission standards here
Submissions to Hippocampus Magazine.
Cost: $0; Deadline: Rolling.
Submissions to Hawk and Cleaver for The Other Stories.
Boston Poetry Magazine accepts submissions year-round. They accept both previously released product and synchronised submissions. View complete submission standards here
Fee: $4; Deadline: August 15th.
Submissions to Grist.
Submissions to Boston Accent Lit are always open on a rolling basis. They accept operate in poetry, art, fiction, and nonfiction. Problems are published six times each year online. View complete submission standards here
Fee: $0; Deadline: August 31st.
Submissions to Redivider.
The August 2020 edition of “Writing Life Essentials” is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards. Please visit their site for complete submission information
Fee: $0; Award: $5, Lifetime Subscription; Deadline: August 22nd.
Cost: $3; Award: $40; Deadline: Rolling.
Submissions to Graydon House.
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established authors. They motivate submissions from writers of color. Graydon House is accepting unagented submissions from Black writers.
Cost: $0; Deadline: Rolling.
The Sun publishes individual essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on cultural and political problems are welcome. They motivate submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here
Fee: $0; Award: $8; Deadline: August 14th.
Submissions to The Sun.
Submissions to Boston Accent Lit.
Charge: $0; Award: $100-$ 2,000; Deadline: Rolling.
Fee: $0 – $3; Deadline: Rolling.
Submissions to Boston Poetry Magazine.
Submissions to After Happy Hour.
The Boiler is seeking to publish brand-new and emerging writers. They are presently accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, and essays. View more submission standards here
Submissions to The Boiler.
Submissions to Solstice Magazines Features Blog: Anti-Oppression Theme.
Hawk and Cleaver are looking for submissions of scary, thriller, or sci-fi stories around 2,000 words. View more submission guidelines here
Graydon House is accepting unagented submissions from Black authors. They publish high-concept book club fiction and upmarket ladiess fiction, consisting of– however not restricted to– historical, suspense, family dramas, relationship stories, and more. Youll receive individualized editorial feedback within 90 days.
Redivider looks for previously unpublished works from emerging and developed authors. They invite general submissions year-round. View total submission standards here
Solstice Magazine is aiming to include the voices of formerly unheard and likewise established writers who compose to make us see, to clarify oppression, and to move us to action. View total submission guidelines here
Submissions to Luna Station Quarterly.
Cost: $0; Deadline: Rolling.
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, looks for high quality submissions from both emerging and developed authors. They publish craft essays and interviews as well as poetry, nonfiction, and fiction– and they want to see your finest work, despite kind, style, or subject matter. View more submission guidelines here
Looking for a literary publication that accepts individual essays? Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically thinks about unsolicited, previously unpublished imaginative nonfiction submissions in the following categories: memoir excerpt, personal essay, flash innovative nonfiction, and more. View complete submission guidelines here