INFO: Blue Mountain Center accepts applications from writers, artists of all media types, activists, and composers who create original work. They value racial, economic and environmental justice and gender equality and encourage applications from people of color, women and LGBTQ artists and activists.

APPLICATION OPENS: November 1, 2018


2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

INFO: The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers each year recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published during a given calendar year in a literary magazine or cultural website and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers. 

Each of the twelve winning writers will receive a cash purse of $2,000 and will be honored at the annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City. The independent book publisher Catapult will publish the twelve winning stories in an annual anthology entitled The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories.

 DEADLINE: November 10, 2018



Harper Collins 

INFO: We believe in sharing powerful, thought-provoking, and entertaining stories that offer inclusive perspectives of the world. That’s why we’ve launched the Diverse Voices Open Inbox contest, an opportunity for writers from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on #ownvoices, to submit their work!

 We are looking for literature for middle grade audiences (ages 8-12) in any genre or format* 

PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

  • Editorial feedback from a panel of HarperCollins editors in writing, including an edit letter and a thirty-minute phone consultation.

  • Consideration for publication by the HarperCollins Children’s Books’ acquisitions group. 


  • Deadline: November 16, 2018

  • Winner Announced: April 16, 2019



Google Podcasts / PRI 

INFO: Google Podcasts creator program is an accelerator program developed to lower barriers to podcasting and increase the diversity of voices in the industry globally. Selected teams will receive seed funding and participate in an intensive 20-week training program.

There will be two training cohorts, each consisting of six teams (of two to three members per team). Applications for the second cohort will open in April 2019. 

PRX is accepting applications only through this website. Please read all of the application material carefully. We strongly recommend reading the FAQ thoroughly before you start the application.  

This is an open application process. PRX representatives and members of the Google Podcasts creator program Advisory Committee will select the teams once the application period is closed. 


  • Deadline: November 18, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

  • Teams Announced: December 11, 2018


30 Below Contest—2018

 INFO: Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send us their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today.

Works of prose and of poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. All submissions should be double-spaced, with 12-point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page. Submit your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work. All entries will be considered for publication.


  • First Prize is $1,500

  • Second Prize is $750

  • Third Prize is $300

  • Ten finalists will receive $100 each. 

ENTRY FEE: $25 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

DEADLINE:  November 18, 2018, at midnight PT


Fall 2018 Story Contest

 INFO: OUR FALL CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.


  • First Prize is $2,500

  • Second Prize is $1,000

  • Third Prize is $500

  • Up to ten finalists will receive $100 each

 SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $26 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

DEADLINE:  November 30, 2018, at midnight PT


Tofte Lake Center

INFO: TLC is sponsoring its 10th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a group of artists to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes one 2-week residency for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and one week-long residency for a group project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply. 

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from many disciplines can apply. Disciplines may include: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide. The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary and performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired. 

Individual/Creative Residency: Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,600, and each artist from NYC will receive $2,000. 

Group Residency: Each artist will receive and honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,000.


  • Deadline: November 30, 2018

  • Individual Artist/Creative Team Residency: July 15-28, 2019.

  • Group Project Week: August 12-18, 2019.



The Bare Life Review

INFO: The Bare Life Review is pleased to accept unsolicited manuscripts in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Your cover letter should list the type of submission, a rough word count (or line count, in the case of poetry), and include a short bio.

The Bare Life Review does not consider proposals or queries. Please submit completed work only.

Please note that our rates have changed: We now offer $750 for accepted full-length prose pieces, and $300 for accepted poems or shorter prose. This small reduction will allow us to publish more authors, and to expand our online presence.


We are committed to publishing work exclusively by immigrant and refugee authors, and to showcasing the immense—indeed, infinite—value and diversity of this literature. To this end, we accept work only from:

  • Foreign-born writers living in the United States

  • Writers living abroad who currently hold refugee and/or asylum-seeker status

While we enjoy and value the work of native-born writers—including the children of immigrants—we do not publish it, and ask that you respect the journal's guidelines in this respect. We cannot, and do not wish to subject our writers to an interrogation as to their origins; we depend upon the good faith of those submitting work to maintain and further the journal's mission.

The Bare Life Review welcomes work in translation. Any writers not working in English, who have not yet secured translation of their work, may contact TBLR via email. In some cases we may be able to help find a translator.

American-born translators may submit work by eligible writers, but in such cases payment must be issued to the author.

Submissions will be judged solely on artistic grounds. Your work may, but need not, deal explicitly with issues of immigration, exile, or refuge. 

DEADLINE: November 31, 2018 


Nimrod International Journal

INFO: For our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Nimrod International Journal invites poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage. 

With this issue, we seek to celebrate writers and writing from this region, to highlight the diverse cultures and people within it, and to enrich and add complexity to the representation and understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. It is often spoken of as if it were one homogeneous swath of the globe, and indeed, less than 1% of Arabic and Persian literature is translated into English, further adding to this perceived sameness. But it is in fact a collection of countries straddling three continents, all with diverse cultures and histories, with similarities and distinct differences—and it is this richness and diversity of thought and culture that we wish to call attention to in this issue. We hope to include work by writers in as many of the groups within the region as possible: work by writers who identify as Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and more; work translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Berber, and more; and work from writers of the many faiths practiced in the region, as well as those who follow no particular faith. 

We invite poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and translations from writers from the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes known as MENA or WANA for short), including writers currently living in this region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage (Middle Eastern-Americans, North African-Canadians, etc.).

Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about, for example, the idea of the Middle East and/or North Africa as a region; the individual countries and groups within the region; what it means to say “the Middle East”; issues of colonialism in the region; writers’ personal heritage; the work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, and we welcome writers of marginalized orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

 We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups, students, and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.

PAYMENT: $10 per page with a $200 maximum

DEADLINE: December 5th, 2018