Electric Literature

INFO: Recommended Reading is the weekly fiction magazine of Electric Literature, with over 92,000 subscribers in just five years. Every week, the magazine publishes one story, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors.

The best way to get a sense of the kind of stories we’re looking for is to read the Recommended Reading archives, especially the stories recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction.

We can only consider one story by an author at any given time. We look for stories in the range of 1,500 to 10,000 words; if selected, we can offer a payment of $300. (For fiction shorter than 1,500 words, submit to the Recommended Reading Commuter!) We have a 5- to 8-month response time for stories submitted during the general open periods, and a 3-month response time guarantee for members who may submit year-round.

Recommended Reading launched in May 2012 and has since published over 300 issues, including original work by Sheila Heti, A. Igoni Barrett, A.M. Homes, Helen DeWitt, Jim Shepard, Ben Marcus, Etgar Keret, Cesear Aria, Ottessa Moshfegh, Kelly Link, and Mary Gaitskill. We also pride ourselves in championing new voices, and have been early supporters of writers such as Helen Phillips, Sharma Shields, Rebecca Schiff, Diane Cook, and Matt Sumell.

Recommended Reading is digital-only, available for free online for at least a month, and for $0.99 per issue on Kindle.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 1 – 7, 2019


Lee & Low Books

INFO: The New Voices Award is given annually by children's book publisher Lee & Low Books for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color and Native nations to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions we have published include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor. 


  1. The contest is open to writers of color and Native nations who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.   

  2. Writers who have published work in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.   

  3. Work that has been published in any format, including online and self-published, is not eligible.   

  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS will not be considered. 

PRIZE: The Award winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first-time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.


·         Submission Period: April 1 – August 31, 2019

·         The Award and/or Honor Award winners will be notified no later than December 31, 2019. 

·         We will announce the winners on January 21, 2020.


INFO: Submittable is delighted to announce its third annual Eliza So Fellowship. In 2019, Submittable will offer two month-long residencies in Missoula, Montana, affording time and solitude to writers finishing a book-length project.

The 2019 fellowships will include lodging in Missoula, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. Fellows will stay in a private house on the Clark Fork river trail, just blocks from downtown, grocery shopping, the farmers market, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and more. 

Submittable will accept applications between January 15 and April 5, 2019, and results will be announced June 3. We’re pleased to offer two residencies (one in August and one in September), awarded in the following categories:

  • The Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant Writers

  • The Eliza So Fellowship for Native American Writers 

The final judge for the Fellowship for Immigrant Writers will be Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

The final judge for the Fellowship for Native American Writers will be Joan Naviyuk Kane.


1) You have a novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid) in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum)  

2) You are either:

  • a US immigrant writer (documented or undocumented)

  • a Native American writer

3) You are available during one or both of the following periods:

  • August 3 – August 31, 2019

  • September 1 – September 29, 2019.


Fellows will be asked to give a public reading in Missoula and write a blog post of at least 1,000 words for Submittable during their residency. 

If fellows are interested in doing a Brown Bag lunchtime presentation for staff at Submittable's Missoula headquarters during their stay—on their book project, craft, or any literary topic that interests them—we would be delighted. However, a Brown Bag presentation is not required.


This fellowship was named in honor of Eliza So, the mother of Submittable’s Head of People Asta So. Eliza immigrated to the US from Hong Kong in 1982, with her husband and two daughters. She worked in administrative and housekeeping jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. At age 58, she began showing signs of dementia, and she was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s in 2012. She is one of the kindest, warmest, and most hard-working people you could meet, and we pay tribute to her life and legacy with this opportunity.

DEADLINE: April 5, 2019


The GroundTruth Project

INFO: As part of its commitment to reporting on rising global authoritarianism, GroundTruth is offering seven, 2-month reporting fellowships for emerging journalists to report these issues in-depth. Two of those fellowships will focus on reporting in countries where authoritarianism and religion converge.

We are looking for talented, emerging journalists from around the world to be part of this project, and we invite applications from any medium. But please note this special coverage will be the basis for the 2019 season of the GroundTruth Podcast, so all candidates (even those for whom audio is not their primary medium) should include clear and detailed ideas for how they will convey the reporting using evocative and compelling audio.  Past podcasting experience is not required. If you have never worked in audio, we will have producers and editors who will help you execute in the field. 

AWARD: With new support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation, in close collaboration with major publishing outlets, GroundTruth will be able to offer $10,000 to each fellow to cover a project budget for travel/lodging expenses, risk assessment, insurance and training as well as compensation for stories and podcast episodes produced.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2019



Writing By Writers

INFO: Writing By Writers is pleased to offer fellowships to Esalen Writer's Camp for emerging writers of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to amplify all voices that need to be heard. Fellowships cover the full cost of tuition, a shared room and all meals, but do not cover transportation.

An "Emerging Voice" is someone who currently DOES NOT meet any of the below criteria*:

·         Has an B.A., M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. or minors in Creative Writing.

·         Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

·         Writers who have published one or more books through major publishing houses, university presses, or established presses.

·         Current professional magazine/newspaper feature writers or editors.

·         Writers who are widely published in top tier literary journals and/or magazines.

Selection will be based on a writing sample and short statement about why you are interested in attending Esalen Writer's Camp. All submissions will be reviewed by Samantha Dunn and the finalists will be selected by Samantha Dunn and the WxW Board of Directors.


·         Deadline: April 15, 2019

·         Notification: May 1, 2019 




INFO: We are seeking submissions from Vietnamese writers for a special issue! Wherever you are in the world, whether your voice comes from Vietnam’s land or its people, we would love to hear you all. Some specific guidelines are as follows:

1. We accept submissions in English, Vietnamese or both languages.  

2. Any genre of creative writing is welcome (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, hybrid writing, etc). One submission can have pieces from multiple genres.

3. Please limit your submission to five pieces combined into one file, and also attach a short bio. Send us your best craft! 

4. If you want to submit a translation, please include the original work in your submission. 

5. If you submit any pieces that have been previously published, please declare so along with where and when they were published. 

Questions can be directed to ATTN Vietnamese folio. 


Chúng tôi đang nhận đọc bản thảo từ tất cả những nhà văn, nhà thơ Việt Nam cho một số báo đặc biệt sắp tới đây. Dù bạn đang sống ở đâu trên thế giới, dù giọng nói của bạn đến từ trong lòng đất nước Việt Nam hay từ những người mang dòng máu Việt, chúng tôi đều mong được lắng nghe bạn. Sau đây là một số hướng dẫn về việc nộp bài:

1. Bản thảo có thể được viết bằng tiếng Anh, tiếng Việt hoặc cả hai ngôn ngữ. 

2. Chúng tôi xuất bản mọi thể loại văn học (truyện hư cấu và phi hư cấu, thơ, văn thử nghiệm, vv). Một bản thảo có thể bao gồm tác phẩm từ nhiều thể loại.

3. Bạn có thể nộp nhiều nhất là 5 tác phẩm, và xin hãy gửi chung vào cùng một file kèm với tiểu sử ngắn về tác giả. Chúng tôi trông đợi những tác phẩm hay nhất của bạn.

4. Nếu muốn gửi bản dịch, xin hãy gửi kèm với văn bản gốc. 

5. Nếu bất kì tác phẩm nào trong bản thảo của bạn đã được đăng ở ấn phẩm nào trước đây, xin hãy ghi rõ tên ấn phẩm và ngày tháng năm đã đăng. 

Nếu bạn có câu hỏi, xin gửi thư tới và ghi trên tiêu đề email là [Câu hỏi về Vietnamese folio].

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019


2019-2020 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents

INFO: One talented writer who is the parent of at least one child under 10 years old will receive $1000 to further their writing career, a year of mentorship, and will be offered the opportunity to read their winning story at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in New York City on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Their winning story will also be published in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine (both online and in print) as well as included in the annual Dreamers Writing Anthology. 

Submissions call for a new, never-published fiction story—any genre, on any subject—of up to 750 words, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point or similar font, with one inch margins. 

Please note: we change word count each year because one of the goals of this project is to keep parents working -- motivating all writers to continue to create new high-quality creative writing at the very busiest time of the parenting journey. 

Write something new! You can do it! 

Put only the title of the story and its word count on the manuscript. Please number your pages! 

One dependent child MUST still be under ten on November 12, 2019 for a writer to be eligible to win this Fellowship.

Please do NOT add any additional information in your cover note, even if you have published a thousand novels and won the Pulitzer. We judge blind and prefer to be surprised by your extensive credentials.

The contest seeks submissions starting March 1 and ends the submission period April 17, 2019 (midnight - or postmark deadline). 


DEADLINE: April 17, 2019

Creative Nonfiction Grant

Whiting Foundation

INFO: The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant of $40,000 will be awarded to as many as eight writers in the process of completing a book-length work of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction for a general readership. It is intended for multiyear book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused research, thinking, and writing at a crucial point mid-process, after significant work has been accomplished but when an extra infusion of support can make a difference in the ultimate shape and quality of the work.

Whiting welcomes applications for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories. Again, the work should be intended for a general, not academic, reader. Self-help titles and textbooks are not eligible. Examples of the wide range of previous grantees can be found here

Projects must be under contract with a US publisher to be eligible. Contracts with self-publishing companies are not eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or residents. (In previous cycles, projects had to be under contract for two years at time of application; recognizing that many projects do not secure publishing contracts until they are nearly complete, we have removed that restriction.)

Writers must submit the following materials through the online application form by Monday, April 22nd, 2019:

  • The original proposal that led to the contract with a publisher

  • Three sample chapters in their most current form, or up to 25,000 words

  • A statement of progress and the requirements for completion of the book (including a projected budget)

  • A signed and dated contract

  • A current resume

  • A list of grants, fellowships, or other funding received for the book

  • A letter of support from the book’s publisher or editor

  • Two additional letters of support (not to come from your agent)

Each project under submission will have two first-round readers who will evaluate for substance and execution. Finalists will be considered by a panel of four judges who will evaluate for content and need and who will choose the grantees. Readers and judges will consist of experts in the field, and will serve anonymously to shield them from any external pressures. The grantees will be announced in the fall.

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your project or the application process, please contact the Whiting Foundation at

DEADLINE: April 22, 2019


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

INFO: The Summer Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

 What does the program offer?

This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you. The program provides opportunities for consultations with guest mentors, and optional group sessions led by guest mentors that allow writers to explore literary tools, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice. You may also sign up for additional walks and day trips within Banff National Park as well as campus-wide activities organized by our Participant Resources team. 

This flexible program allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional. Participants can request to extend their stay. Mentorship will not be offered during extended stays. These requests will be approved based on availability of accommodation (additional fees will apply).

Who should apply?

Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre. We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.


·         Program Fee (Single Room): $2 218.22

·         Application fee: $65

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of external national and international opportunities here. Funding from Banff Centre is not available for this program.


·         Application Deadline: April 24, 2019

·         Retreat Dates: July 29 - August 10, 2019

·         Arrival Date: July 28, 2019

·         Depart Date: August 11, 2019



INFO: Bethany Arts Community offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works in progress. Bethany welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. Enjoy an environment where artists from different disciplines can work near each other, creating opportunities for cross-pollination.

Artists may apply for residencies of 1-4 weeks during the Fall session: September 15 - October 26

ELIGIBILITY: Successful applicants are typically mid-career or established artists. However, emerging artists who believe their work is of exceptional merit are eligible as well. We accept applications from individual artists and small groups of up to 4 members.

Bethany residencies come with two important requirements: 
(1) All residents must attend shared evening meals with their fellow artists. 
(2) All residencies must include a public component accessible to the outside community. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching a class/workshop, works-in-progress showing, exhibition, or other outreach or community engagement project. Bethany will work with you to schedule and craft your public component.
You must be at least 21 years old to apply. You may only apply to one subsidized residency program at BAC per year.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of staff and working artists.
All of BAC’s programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Bethany Arts Community consists of a 44,000 sq ft building situated on 25 verdant acres with both sprawling lawns, orchard, and wooded trails. The wooded trail includes numerous outdoor spaces suitable for developing works, presentation, or installations. The building includes dance studios, galleries, a former-chapel performance venue, and numerous nooks and crannies waiting to be activated by you!

Artists receive:
- comfortable housing in single dorms on BAC’s top floor (groups may be housed in dorms or shared apartments)
- 3 meals/day;
- assigned studio spaces, if desired; 
- access to BAC’s varied facilities;
- stipend of $150 per week per artist.

Residents will be responsible for the cost of travel, materials, and any additional labor needs.

Artists are also encouraged to consider ways to work in and with BAC’s expansive grounds and our diverse local community. Bethany is proud to be in a Town where over half the population are people of color and recent immigrants. 


·         Deadline: April 30, 2019

·         Notifications: May15, 2019



Raising Mothers

INFO: Raising Mothers is honored to host the inaugural Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award in creative nonfiction. This contest is open to writer mothers of color and NBPOC parent writers only.  

Every Spring an author of a work of creative nonfiction will be selected for the Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award. The winning submissions will be published in Raising Mothers.

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 1,200 words on the subject of their choice in the Love/Relationships department under the theme, “After Birth Battle” to be considered for the Lucille Clifton Creative Parent Writing Award. 

Please note that previously published work will not be accepted. Authors may submit multiple essays if they are each accompanied by a separate reading fee.

Do not put your name on your essay. For Word documents please leave your name off the submitted work. Your name will be attached to the submission when you submit, but the document shouldn’t have your name.

All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Raising Mothers. Finalists will receive an honorable mention accompanying their published essay and six months of Mother Mail.

Results are announced in April on our website and published in writer’s magazines online.

AWARD: Winners will receive $100 and their work will be featured on Raising Mothers. They will also have a short interview with a Senior Editor. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, and a current photo.


DEADLINE: April 30, 2019



INFO: The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

To most effectively integrate the important voice of the arts throughout residency cohorts at the Bellagio Center, we are now holding one annual open call for residencies. The program will continue to welcome the same volume of high caliber artists to Bellagio, reinforcing the Foundation’s commitment to the arts and demonstrating its perspective that the arts are integral to the discourse around complex global challenges and critical to the well-being of humanity.

To further strengthen the reach of the program and ensure high geographic and disciplinary diversity among residents, we are also working with a range of new arts organizations to surface promising candidates. We have established outreach collaborations with four organizations: Khoj International Artists’ Association in Delhi, Fundacion Jumex in Mexico City, Africa Centre in Cape Town, and United States Artists in Chicago. These collaborations will extend our networks to attract a greater number of geographically diverse, highly distinguished artists working in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the United States. 

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019



INFO: The inaugural Tin House Summer Residency is intended to support an author working on their second or third book after having already published a full-length debut. With our summer and winter workshops continuing to support emerging writers, this residency aims to give authors the time, space, and financial flexibility to continue cultivating their voice while taking new artistic risks on their next manuscript.

The Summer Writer-in-Resident will be provided a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment in Portland, Oregon for the month of August and will be provided with a $1000 living stipend towards air travel and food. The resident will also have the option to teach a one-day Craft Intensive during their stay. Our Craft Intensives, which feature no more than twelve students and last for three hours, combine close readings, discussions, and in-class writing. For this, we pay the resident an additional $600.

Tin House will also offer the resident an opportunity to read publicly with local authors.

Other than these optional activities, the principal responsibility of the resident will be to spend time further developing their manuscript.



  • Deadline: May 1, 2019

  • Winner Awarded: May 17, 2019