SPECIAL ISSUE: Poetry in the age of mass incarceration

Poetry Magazine

INFO: Poetry magazine seeks submissions for special issue on poetry in the age of mass incarceration, to feature work by incarcerated writers.

Please submit your own work or the work of incarcerated poets you work with, with their permission. Written submissions that are not selected for publication will be returned. Poets and artists selected for publication will be paid directly. Please feel free to distribute this sheet to your colleagues, especially teaching artists working with incarcerated writers. 

The best poetry written by incarcerated poets, as well as work by family, friends, and others affected by mass incarceration.

DEADLINE: September 3, 2018



The Margins Fellowship 2019

Asian American Writers’ Workshop 

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2019 Margins Fellowship. 

Four emerging Asian American writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins. We see this as a chance to support writers from Asian diasporic, West Asian, Arab, and North and East African communities as well as Muslim writers of color more broadly. If you are a writer of color who identifies with these communities, please discuss this in your application.

The Margins is the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s online magazine of arts and ideas featuring new fiction and poetry, literary and cultural criticism, and interviews with writers and artists. Our stories have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, The New Inquiry, Literary Hub, and the New York Times. Our contributors include Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Iyer, Bhanu Kapil, Katie Kitamura, Hua Hsu, Amitava Kumar, and Yoko Ogawa.

All applicants should read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. The Margins fellowship is open to emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab creative writers who are age 30 or under and reside in New York City. Fellowship applicants may not be enrolled in any academic, conservatory, college, or degree granting training program during the fellowship term. 
Deadline: September 12, 2018 




Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018



2019-2020 Cullman Center Fellowship

INFO: The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. 

The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

DEADLINE: September 28, 2018



2018 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Cave Canem

INFO: Launched in 2015, the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by Black poets.

Final Judge: Dawn Lundy Martin. Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.
First Readers: Camonghne Felix and Alan King. Cave Canem uses a blind judging system to arrive at the contest winner and honorable mention(s).

AWARD: $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2019, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency in April 2019 at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and a feature reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST



2019 WT Fellowship

Winter Tangerine’

INFO:  We aim to create a program for emerging writers & editors to actively engage in a literary atmosphere as they navigate their daily lives outside of their craft. The program is structured to offer a well-rounded literary experience -- WT fellows will grow their administrative & editorial skills, create & develop new creative work, & add to our collaborative ecosystem. The fellowship hopes to address the intellectual & curatorial labor process in a way that is mutually sustainable.

Alongside their creative writing work, the 2018 Fellows have conducted interviews, pitched and crafted WT columns and features, advised for our online workshops, and curated WT submissions.

The Program

The 12-month long fellowship includes:

  • Writing and editing a chapbook to be published through Honeysuckle Press
  • Editorial internship in one or more WT or Honeysuckle Press departments
  • Writing mentorship & private Guest Seminars (past WT seminars have included Danez Smith, Fatimah Asghar, Kaveh Akbar, Safia Elhillo, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, and Richard Siken)
  • A monetary honorarium

The Application Process

The application includes questions about personal identity, writing experience, editorial interests & a creative writing prompt. After review the first round of applications, the Fellowship Advisors will conduct interviews with the finalists. After the interview 5-7 Fellows will be chosen and notified through email. 

The Boring, but Necessary Stuff

  • The fellowship will begin in January of 2019.
  • There is no application or tuition fee.
  • Writers 18+ may apply.
  • Applicants must not be an alumni of or currently enrolled in any MFA Writing program or PHD program. Writers in non-literary Masters programs may apply. The fellowship is open to both poets and prose writers.
  • The fellowship is open to writers who have not published a full-length manuscript in any genre. Self-publications are exempt.
  • The fellowship is open internationally.
  • There will be opportunities for in-person dialogue and collaboration but the vast majority of the fellowship will be online.
  • Fellows must commit to the 12 month responsibility.

DEADLINE: October 3, 2018





INFO: An iPoem is a short poem that will fit within no more than two screens on the iPhone. An iPoem may be up to 150 words long. However, they favor iPoems that can be read in a single screen, which would be a poem of about forty words, allowing space for title and byline.

Just as the advent of the typewriter both limited and enhanced the form of poetry, the new media are making an impact on the form and how readers experience it. So, without establishing specific formal criteria for the iPoem, other than length, they are nonetheless interested in seeing works that indicate the poet’s awareness of how the new media affect, for instance, the line in poetry. They favor works that demonstrate an awareness of and interest in prosody.

AWARD: $50 for each iPoem accepted for publication.

SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $20 fee for each submission. A submission may include up to four iPoems. With your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.