Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

INFO: KHN awards approximately 35 residencies PER SESSION. Of these, approximately 10-15 spots are awarded to writers working in a variety of genre. Residency awards include living and studio space plus a weekly stipend of $100 for the duration of the residency. Private writers studios are located in two of the apartments, though sometimes writers work in the composer's studio or one of the visual art studios. Wi-fi access is available throughout the grounds. 

For residency awards scheduled from January 6 - June 19, 2020.

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2019 


Walt Whitman Award

Academy of American Poets

INFO: The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 1 – November 1, 2019



Emotive Fruition

INFO: Emotive Fruition, a downtown performance series where poets and actors collaborate to bring poetry to life on stage, is seeking poetry submissions for its show at Caveat (wheelchair accessible) in NYC on Monday, November 18 2019. Poets JP Howard and Lynn Melnick will serve as guest curators for this exciting live poetry event. Tony Award winner, Nikki M. James will direct. 

For this themed performance, we are looking for published and unpublished poems written by women poets that explore experiences and notions of being in a woman’s body, where the voice elevates authentic narratives that broadcasts loudly and unapologetically the truth only a woman’s body can speak.  We especially encourage women of all ages, women of color, trans women, women-identified, LGBTQ+ women, and disabled women to submit their work. 

We are seeking personal poems, perhaps written in the first person (but other POVs welcome), that can function as a story, a reflection, a confession, a revelation, an elegy, a reckoning, a moment of desire, etc. We are interested in how a poem on the page can come to life on stage, honoring the voice of the poet through the voice of the actor. 

After poems are selected and poets notified, we will hold a rehearsal in Manhattan (wheelchair accessible) with both poets and actors on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Because of the nature of the collaboration, you must be a poet in the NYC area and able to travel to rehearsal on October 28 and the performance on November 18. Please follow the guidelines below and we look forward to reading your work! 

DEADLINE: September 5, 2019



Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab 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, Arab, West Asian, and North and East African communities and 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 an online magazine of arts and ideas featuring new fiction and poetry, literary and cultural criticism, and interviews with writers and artists. We are the recipient of a Whiting Literary Magazine award and 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.

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. To be considered you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at aawwmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2019


Emerge - Surface - Be Fellowship 

The Poetry Project

INFO: Emerge – Surface – Be is a natural extension of The Poetry Project’s program offerings. It formalizes the distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique opportunity to support, develop and present emerging NYC­ based poets of promise.

Poet Mentors hattie gossett, Fred Moten, and Trace Peterson will each select an emerging poet to work with. Over the course of nine months, Fellows will be given the opportunity to work one-on-one with their Mentor to develop their craft; explore publication and performance opportunities; and reflect on the professional and community-based dimensions of a writing life. Ideal Fellows will have a project they are working on or want to embark upon, and feel that they would benefit from guidance and support. Each Fellow will receive an award of $3,000. In adherence with US tax requirements, ESB Fellows will be issued an IRS 1099 Form.

In addition to working with their Mentors, Fellows will have access to all Poetry Project events (free workshops, free readings, free publications) and be included in the Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading. Fellows will also read within The Poetry Project’s Monday or Friday Night Reading Series as a culminating event with introductions made by their Mentors. Fellows will be invited to attend gatherings with Poetry Project staff and other 2019-20 Fellows and Mentors. Poetry Project staff and Mentors will also work with each Fellow to find other unique opportunities for deepening, sharing, and connecting their poetry to specific goals the Fellows might have.

The most important criteria will be the demonstration of potential, as well as unique vision and voice, in the applicant’s work sample. While applicants who have achieved some measure of local, regional, or national professional recognition will have these merits taken into account, we equally welcome — and encourage — applications from individuals who may have not yet had highly visible or public opportunities to share their work.

Our definition of “emerging” ranges from writers who are just beginning to share their work publicly; to writers who have local and perhaps regional recognition; and up to writers who are approaching national exposure, though not yet national recognition. As a top limit, an emerging writer has published no more than one full-length perfect bound book and no more than three chapbooks (not including self-published work in chapbook form).

The Poetry Project embraces diversity in the broadest sense of the word. This principle is reflected in the choice of mentor poets and will be reflected in the selection of Fellows.

DEADLINE: September 11, 2019



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 27, 2019




Cave Canem 

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

AWARD: Winner receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2020, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency in early April at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and a feature reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival.

SUBMISSION FEE: $12. Entry fees are non-refundable.  

FINAL JUDGE: Danez Smith. (Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.)  

FIRST READERS:  Brionne Janae and Nick Makoha. Cave Canem uses a blind judging system to arrive at the contest winner and honorable mention(s).

DEADLINE: September 30, 2019




Sinister Wisdom 

INFO: Sinister Wisdom invites and welcomes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and genre-bending works from all Asian Lesbians: American-born Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, East Asians, etc. We welcome work from Asians Lesbians in the States and all over the world written predominately in English.  

If you are lesbian and Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangledeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Afghan, Mongolian, Taiwanese, Korean, Hong Kongese, Macanese, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Pilipino, Indonesian, Burmese, Timorese, etc, please submit to us.  

If your Sapphic work deals with Asian desire, fetishism, straightness camouflaging, homophobia, genocide, fasting, seclusion, negation, invisibility, confusion, arranged marriages, bisexuality, Daoism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, agnosticism, atheism, negative stereotypes such as apathetic, outsourcing, “Geisha Girl,” or “perpetual foreigners”, please submit to us.

If your work is Asian, Sapphic, healthy and happy, please submit to us.

If your work is Asian, Sapphic, erotic, scholarly, secular, graphic, phantastical, haiku-ic, asexual, sassy, nuptial, eye-opening, monochromatic, please submit to us.

If your work deals with Asian Sapphic suicide, public flogging for having lesbian sex in a car, mung bean cakes, compassion, defecation and rape, nail salons, criminalized Asian lesbianism, avocado sushi rolls, dry-cleaning, cancer, impotence, astrology, lentil, naan, and chickpeas, and everything else please submit your work to us. 

If you (mis) identify yourself as bamboo ceiling lesbians, not-a-model-minority due to your excessive or non-excessive lesbianism, facial whitening, please submit to us. 

If you think you are not submissive or obedient, but you are Sapphic and Asian, please submit your work to us. If you think you are blissfully complacent and shy, please submit your work to us anyway.

 If you work addresses Asian culture, music, food, travel, and Sapphic mail-in brides, please submit to us.  

If you know someone who is Asian & lesbian, please encourage them to submit their work to us. 

If you are Asian & lesbian, and your work does not deal with any of the above topics, desires, foie gras, martial arts, please submit to us regardless. 

If you are Asian & lesbian, please submit poetry, visual art, comics, photographs, anime and films (screenshots only), interviews, academic anecdotes or notes, fiction, non-fiction, and genre-bending works to Sinister Wisdomthrough Submittable.

Images should .jpg or .tif files only, and be of print resolution, sized at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch).  

Guest Editor: Vi Khi Nao. Born in Long Khanh, Vietnam, Vi is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014 and is a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award.  Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOONPloughsharesBlack Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2019



9th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

The Missouri Review

INFO: Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Entries must be previously unpublished.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25 – $30.  

AWARDS: $5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction | $5,000 Poetry  

Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019




Millay Colony for the Arts 

INFO: Each year Millay Colony for the Arts invites up to 62 individuals (including writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and visual artists) for residencies through the colony's application process.  

Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, usually lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with 2 twelve-day sessions also available in June & September. In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics.  

Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do not include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors.  Your application will instead be assigned a number by the administration.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 (Midnight, EST). This deadline is for the following year of April, May, June & July residency sessions.