Bronx Council on the Arts

INFO: Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. 

BRIO awardees must complete a one-time public service activity to receive their complete cash award. Known as ACE (Artists for Community Enrichment), this activity is an essential component for all BRIO recipients and must be performed within the one-year period of their award.  ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.

AWARD: Grants of $4,000 will be awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity. The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines.


The selection of awards is based solely on artistic excellence – the quality of work submitted – and decided by a panel of arts professionals. A new panel is convened each year. All materials and information involved in the selection process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded submission is the only information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.

Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants approximately four months after the deadline date. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in June of 2018 at which they will be honored and receive the Award.They are then required to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artist for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year. All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.

DEADLINE: December 8, 2017



On She Goes

INFO: On She Goes is a platform for, by, and about women of color & travel. Each quarter features a fresh, new theme around the world of travel. In Fall 2017 they're excited to explore the idea of Homeland. 

There's the cliche: Home is where the heart is. Home can be more than four walls and a roof, a zip code, or the wide expanse that lives within a border. Some of us are often asked, "Where are you from? No really where are you from?" or made to feel like we don't belong in cities and countries that we've called our home. As women of color, we've had to create our own spaces and belonging, and we want to know more about what it means to travel to one's homeland.

How were you shaped by the visit back to the country where you or your parents were born? How does your travel influence how you think about what one's homeland is? Is your homeland not a physical landscape, but something more abstract? Do you have a fun and funny story about "going back" that you'd think would resonate with our readers? Is your homeland less of a physical place, is it a favorite food, song, or person? Travel and homeland can feel complicated and comforting, and we want to hear about it!
* Payment varies, depending on the assigned piece.  

DEADLINE: December 15, 2017



Hurston / Wright Foundation

INFO: The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are open to Black writers in America and across the globe. Full-length books of debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author. (All works must be newly published. E-books are not eligible.)


DEADLINE: December 15, 2017



Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. 

INFO: The Literary Awards Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) is now accepting submissions for the annual BCALA Literary Awards. The Committee will present four prizes of $500.00 each for adult books written by African American authors: a First Novelist Award, a Fiction Award, a Nonfiction Award, and a Poetry Award. The First Novelist Award is given to recognize an outstanding work by a first time African American fiction writer. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration. Additionally, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation is provided to an author and/or publishing company for unique books that offer a positive depiction of African Americans.

First presented at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors. Recipients of these awards offer outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Books from small, large and specialty publishers are welcome for review consideration. Titles forwarded for review must be published in 2017. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Please send one copy of each title submitted to each member of the Literary Awards Committee. A Committee roster with their addresses can be found at here.

Supply all available information regarding the submission, including promotional material, author biography and available news articles and reviews.

BCALA Literary Awards Criteria
BCALA presents four (4) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

  • The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.
  • The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences and reference).
  • The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer.
  • The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation recognizes the author and/or the publishing company (for their support and publication of) special and unique books that recognize the outstanding achievements and positive depiction of contributions of the people and legacy of the Black Diaspora.
  • The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Additionally, honor books may be selected in each category.
Purpose: To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African Americans.


  • Must portray some aspect of the African American experience past, present or future.
  • All authors, editors and contributors must be African American(s) born in the United States.
  • Must be published in the United States in the year preceding presentation of the award.
  • Must be an original work.

DEADLINE: December 29, 2017



The Center for Fiction

INFO: The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.

ELIGIBILITY: Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. Self-publication does not meet this guideline.

Only unpublished manuscripts written in English are eligible. Manuscripts should be at least 30,000 words. Both adult and YA manuscripts are eligible for the prize. If submitting a story collection, all pieces must relate in some way to the topic of serious illness. Works in progress and proposals are not eligible for consideration, nor are books currently under contract with a publisher.

In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, The Center for Fiction and Audible will decide whether a book is eligible, and their decision will be binding.

SELECTION PROCESS: A panel of three distinguished writers and two representatives of Audible, Inc. will judge the submissions.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF THE AWARDS: The author of the winning submission must agree to participate in related publicity, including posting audio and/or video or selections from the winning manuscript on the websites of The Center for Fiction and/or Audible, Inc.

DEADLINE: January 2, 2017


Winter 2018 Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar

The Center for Book Arts

INFO: The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers. The next session of this workshop is scheduled for winter 2018, January 17-21 (Wednesday - Sunday). The seminar is tuition free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.

Participants will hear lectures from various professionals in the field – printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of letterpress printing and small press publishing. They will learn the basics of letterpress printing, both traditional typesetting and options with new technology, by collaboratively printing a small edition of broadsides. This workshop is most suitable for those with little to no previous letterpress experience. Each seminar will be offered to a maximum of eight students. Writers from culturally diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. 

Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (September 2017-May 2018.)


DEADLINE: January 3, 2018



INFO: The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Awards is now accepting submissions! 

PRIZE: Winners will receive $4000 in cash prizes ($2000 for first place, $1000 for second place, $500 for third place, $250 for Best New Artist and $250 for Sarahs' Sarah Award) and be celebrated at an award ceremony on April 23, 2018 at New York City's Players' Club


  • Entries must have been produced between February 2017 and February 2018.
  • Entries must be between 3 minutes and 60 minutes in length. 
  • Each entry will be judged individually.
  • Serialized works are allowed to enter, but the entry for each series can be no more than 60 minutes. Those choosing to enter series can use that time however they want. You can upload an episode that you believe is representative of the series, provide excerpts from multiple episodes, etc. The entry can not be more than 60 minutes. Each entry will be judged individually.
  • Entries of all languages are admissible. However, if your works are not in English, you must provide a transcript in English. 
  • They cannot offer individual critiques of declined audio or reasons for declining audio from the nominations. 
  • All works must be fiction–no documentaries will be accepted. (However, mockumentaries will be happily accepted.)
  • Questions? Email us at
  • You may submit as many entries as you like.


  • Each entry should consist of one audio file. (MP3)
  • Entries are only accepted through Submittable. There you will find clear instructions for uploading your story. If you need help or have any questions, please email us:


  • Free for student entries.
  • $40 for all entries uploaded between Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST
  • Entries uploaded after Friday, January 31, 2018 by 5 p.m. EST will not be judged.
  • All entries may be considered for the The Sarahs’ Serendipity podcast.