October 31 – Tuscon Memoir –
Tucson Festival of Books
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of Books and attend a workshop on the University of Arizona campus in March 2016. Using the online submission system, submit five poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee by October 31. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Tucson Festival of Books, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 85394, Tucson, AZ 85754. Meg Files, Contact.
Briar Cliff Review
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Nov 1 – Memoir
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition
Open Season Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Reviewwill be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems of up to 100 lines each, or a short story or essay of up to 2,500 words with a $40 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Malahat Review, by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Nov 1 – Memoir
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction
A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Reed Magazine, Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction, San José State University, Department of English, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192. (408) 924-4425.
Briar Cliff Review, Writing Contests, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104. (712) 279-1651. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Edito
Nov 1 – Briarcliff –
Academy of American Poets, Walt Whitman Award, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. (212) 274-0343, ext. 13. Patricia Guzman, Programs Coordinator.
November 1 – Scandinavia –
Writing Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in 2016 and 2017, using the online submission system submit up to 15 pages of poetry, 20 pages of prose, or 10 pages of work translated into English (along with the original text), a project proposal, a project budget, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation with a $60 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Writing Fellowships and Grants, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. (212) 779-3587.
December 10 – http://www.fawchicago.org/awards.php
15. Friends of American Writers Chicago Awards
Authors must reside in the state of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin — or they must set their book in one of those locations. Prize amounts vary from year to year but are typically between $500 and $2,000.
Deadline: Annually at the end of the year; the 2015 deadline is December 10
January 2016 – Fish http://www.fishpublishing.com/memoir-competition-contest.php#prizes
Christian writers are eligible for this award, which honors “creative, skillful journalism that applies biblical principles to stories about issues and lives.”
Submissions must have been previously published in a newspaper, local or national magazine, or on a news website and must contain at least one quote from the Bible. Columns and opinion pieces will be considered, but preference is given to news or feature article with original reporting.
Prizes are given for winners of first through fifth prizes (in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $2,000), plus 10 “outstanding merit” awards of $1,000 each.
Deadline: Annually; the deadline for 2014-2015 awards has passed, and the deadline for 2015-2016 award has not yet been announced.
http://www.pw.org/grants Renewing list