Fellowships and Residencies Summer 2021

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications. Applications for the 2021–2022 calendar year.

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Tusen Takk (CLOSED)

Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists working primarily in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and composers. Artists receive free housing, an honorarium of $625 a week, and more.

Location: Leland, Michigan

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Residency Period: 3–8 weeks between June 2022 and December 2023 


Loghaven Artist Residency (CLOSED)

This residency is located on ninety acres of woodland in Knoxville, Tennessee. All artists are awarded stipends to support the creation of new work during the residency.

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Residency Period: Multiple Sessions


Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence (CLOSED)

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation awards this fellowship to one emerging artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense. It is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians and includes a $10,000 individual grant and a residency.

Location: Upperville, Virginia

Deadline: July 15, 2021


Digital Diasporas (CLOSED)

The remote, online residency will be facilitated by three host organizations between mid-October to mid-December 2021. Each resident or collective will primarily work with one host organization in Canada, Australia, or China and all residents as a cohort will be in dialogue with one another through convenings. Each resident or collective will be awarded an unrestricted stipend of AUD $10,000 for their participation. Each host organisation will design a program of remote/online mentoring, networking, research and development for the resident they host.

Location: Sydney, Australia; Shanghai, China; Toronto, Canada

Deadline: July 15, 2021 


Center for Cultural Innovation CALI Catalyst Grant (CLOSED)

CALI Catalyst provides unrestricted grants of up to $5,000 to California changemakers whose bold actions are shifting the arts and culture sector in ways that give underrepresented populations—Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities—more power and influence. 

Deadline: July 15, 2021


Mother’s Milk Residency (CLOSED)

Mother’s Milk is a 2-6 week interdisciplinary residency, designed to support three or four visual or sound artists, or creative writers, who are pursuing innovative work in their field. The goal of this program is to provide individuals or collaborators with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents whose different perspectives, backgrounds and interests offer inspiration and interaction. Work that is more experimental in nature without regard to commercial viability is of special interest. 

Location: Newton, Kansas

Deadline: July 25, 2021

Residency Period: 2–6 weeks between April 3, 2022 and October 30, 2022


Lab Artists program

The Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Lab Artists Program will grant up to six Chicago-based dancemakers with $20,000 along with a year of tailored support to aid in their research, development, and presentation of new dance work.

Location: Chicago, IL

Deadline: August 8, 2021


City Artist Corps Grant

City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply.

Deadline: August 10, 2021


KHN Residency

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks’ stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. 

Location: Nebraska City, NE

Deadline: September 1, 2021 

Residency Period: January 3–June 24, 2022


Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency

The Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency supports the creative practices and projects of regional, national, and international artists and writers to work in historic Corsicana, Texas, to engage the local community, and to disseminate their works and ideas through diverse programs in publication, exhibition, and conversation.

Location: Corsicana, TX

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Residency Period: January 1–May 20, 2022, or October 15–December 15, 2022


Ucross Residency

The Ucross Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. Applications for Music/Dance, Visual Arts, Fiction, Nonfiction, Playwriting/Screenwriting, and Poetry residencies are open.

Location: Ucross, WY

Deadline: September 1, 2021 

Residency Period: February–early June 2022


Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

The Ucross Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Residencies are open to Native American visual artists who meet the criteria below. They must be a practicing contemporary visual artist currently producing works of art in all visual mediums, including PAINTING, DRAWING, MIXED MEDIA, SCULPTURE, PRINTMAKING, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, ANIMATION, PERFORMANCE ART, INSTALLATION, and CERAMICS; and an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

Location: Ucross, WY

Deadline: September 1, 2021 

Residency Period: February–early June 2022


Ucross Fellowship for Native American Writers

The Ucross Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, and performance artists, as well as collaborative teams. Residencies are open to Native American writers who meet the following criteria. They must be a practicing contemporary writer who is currently producing works in one or more of the following genres — FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY, DRAMA, SCREENWRITING, PLAYWRITING, HYBRID FORMS, and more; be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

Location: Ucross, WY

Deadline: September 1, 2021 

Residency Period: February–early June 2022


Princeton Arts Fellowship

Open to early-career artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise. Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1–July 1) at Princeton University, and formal teaching is expected. Applicants should be early-career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors, and performance artists–this list is not meant to be exhaustive–who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Location: Princeton, NJ 

Deadline: September 14, 2021


Inception 2021: $500 for Prose, Poetry, or Art Opening

The best openings offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping, and that hints at more to come. For Sunspot Inception contest, send your best opening. There are no restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece or collection from which the beginning comes. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry. 

Deadline: September 30, 2021


Millay Arts

Our newly-created opportunity beginning in 2021, costs $3000 (application fee of $40) and includes a creative cohort of 6-7 other residents, private bedrooms and studios, shared living/dining/kitchen/bathrooms, laundry room, workstation, B&W darkroom and use of our Alumni and Nancy Graves Memorial libraries; in addition, we provide groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners.

Location: Austerlitz, NY 

Deadline: October 1, 2021  

Residency Period: One month in May, June, or July 2022


Forge Fellowship

With a 2021 FORGE Fellowship, we invite individual makers and small teams (of no more than three) at any point in their career or process to spend a year (February through January) digging in, getting curious, and defining success. Learn to articulate your work to fellow innovators, concoct creative solutions to today’s conundrums, and retrofit your process with guidance from FORGE and leaders in your field.

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: November 23, 2021

Fellowship Period: Feb. 1, 2022–Jan 31, 2023 


Yaddo

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a four-hundred-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.

Location: Saratoga Springs, NY

Deadline: January 5, 2022


MacDowell Colony

About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants, as well as need-based stipends, are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.

Location: Peterborough, NH 

Deadline: January 15, 2022


NES Artist Residency

NES Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in northwest Iceland. The first artists in residence arrived in June of that year. As one of the largest residencies in Iceland, NES currently hosts between 90–120 artists per year. NES provides artists with a workspace and living quarters within Skagaströnd, and the freedom to create as they wish.

Location: Skagastönd, Iceland 

Deadline: Rolling 


Stochastic Labs Summer Residency

Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies are of variable length and include housing, workspace, and equipment; a $1,000 monthly stipend; and a budget for materials.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Deadline: Rolling


Takt Berlin A.I.R.

Takt Berlin A.I.R. is a three-month residency program that includes: accommodation in an individual live/work studio, weekly group critiques with our resident curator, regular creative talks, life drawing classes, artist studio visits, and German-language classes. All Takt Berlin A.I.R. participants take part in a curated group exhibition at the end of their stay. Participants will also have their bio listed on the Takt website. Alongside the residency program, there is also time for participants to pursue their own work and explore ideas independently.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Deadline: Rolling

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Corsicana Artist & Writer Residency, 100 West third-floor workspace, Corsicana, TX.

Visual Art

Center for Book Arts Artist-in-Residence (CLOSED)

The Center for Book Arts offers Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grants for New York Emerging Artists. Up to five New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time, and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist’s books and related work in year-long residencies.

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: June 30, 2021


JGS Fellowship for Photography (CLOSED)

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant to be awarded to five New York State-based photography artists who are living and working outside New York City. 

Deadline: June 30, 2021


Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship (CLOSED)

Wave Farm’s fellowship is a nine-month, part-time engagement for a radio scholar and artist living and working in the US. It comes with mentorship, a $15,000 stipend, and more.

Location: Acra, New York

Deadline: June 30, 2021


Light Work Artist in Residency Program (CLOSED)

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist commission for Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility. Applications are open to all artists working in photography or image-based media.

Location: Syracuse, NY 

Deadline:  July 1, 2021


Interchange Artist Grant (CLOSED)

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the mid-America Arts Alliance region.

Deadline: July 5, 2021


Botanical Artist-in-Residence Program (CLOSED)

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation offers a residency in their formal garden and broader 700-acre landscape, open to national and international botanical artists who can create beautiful and scientifically accurate depictions of plant species. Accepted residents will receive a $1,000 grant.

Location: Upperville, Virginia

Deadline: July 15, 2021


Loghaven Artist Residency (CLOSED)

Located on ninety wooded acres in Knoxville, Tennessee, Loghaven Artist Residency provides artists the time, space, and resources necessary to cultivate new art and ideas in an extraordinary environment.

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Deadline: July 15, 2021


#BlackDesignVisionaries Aspiring Designer & Small Business Grants (CLOSED)

The inaugural #BlackDesignVisionaries grant program—presented by Instagram’s @design in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum—is an effort to empower, center, and invest in the global Black design community. We will award three $10,000 grants to aspiring Black designers between the ages of 18 and 30, as well as one $100,000 grant to a small, Black-led design business no more than 10 years into its practice.

Deadline: July 16, 2021


Passepartout Photo Prize (CLOSED)

This prize recognizes international emerging photographers with €500, and a chance to be selected for their annual collective exhibition in Rome and the annual publication.

Deadline: July 27, 2021


Black Artists and Designers Guild Creative Futures Grant (CLOSED)

Through the Creative Futures Grant, Black Artists and Designers Guild is providing opportunities to four selected Black undergraduate and graduate students in Architecture, Design and Fine Art to receive the $5000 award, a chance to join the canon of Black Art & Design and bring their art and design dreams closer to becoming reality.

Deadline: July 27, 2021


Lanesboro Arts Residency (CLOSED)

A place-based program for emerging artists where art and the artistic process instigates positive change addresses or creates an opportunity to move the community forward or is otherwise central to problem-solving. Supported by the Jerome Foundation, the Lanesboro Artist Residency program is an opportunity for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.

Location: Lanesboro, MN

Deadline: July 30, 2021


The Silent Partners June 2021 Grant

We believe artists and community organizers are essential workers who are too often underpaid and overworked. In the face of ongoing - and heightened - social, cultural, and economic precarity we are providing two grants per month of $1,000 to support Brooklyn-based Black artists and community organizers who need it.

Deadline: July 31 or until 100 applications have come in, whichever comes first.


Art-in-Ed Workspace Residency (CLOSED)

Women’s Studio Workshop offers artists the opportunity to teach with local school students intaglio, silkscreen, or hand papermaking. Residents have access to intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography, or ceramics studios to work on personal projects.

Location: Rosendale, New York

Deadline: August 1, 2021


Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award (CLOSED)

Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of their work will be shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the spring of 2022. In addition, up to two Special Recognition Awards in the amount of $2,500 are often granted at the discretion of the Betty Bowen Committee. Due to the financial hardships many creatives continue to face due to COVID-19, this year the Committee is extending the awards for the second time to include three more opportunities at $1,250 each.

Deadline: August 1, 2021


McColl Center Artist in Residence

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including artist studios, modern equipment and tools, and exhibition spaces.

Location:  Charlotte, NC 

Deadline: August 15, 2021

Residency Period: May 16–August 9, 2022


Bemis Center Residency

Bemis Center’s core mission has always been to provide artists from around the world with dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work across conceptual, material, performative, and social practices. The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment encourage creative growth, experimentation, confrontation of challenges, and cultivation of new ideas. To date, more than 1,000 artists have participated in the residency program.

Location: Omaha, NE

Deadline: August 16, 2021

Residency Period: September 7–November 11, 2022


Bemis Center Alumni Residency

Open to any artist who has participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or has exhibited at Bemis since the organization’s founding in 1981, the Alumni Program ensures the organization’s ongoing relevance, impact, and connection to its former artists by providing financial resources and unique opportunities and expanding professional networks. Two alumni will be selected by a rotating panel of artists and arts professionals, such as curators, academics, and/or critics to participate in a 4-6 week Alumni Residency. 

Location: Omaha, NE

Deadline: August 16, 2021

Residency Period: January 19–April 15, May 18–August 12, or September 7–November 11, 2022


The Keyholder Residency Program

The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom.

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: September 1, 2021 

Residency Period: Year-long beginning April 1, 2022, and October 1, 2022


Women’s Studio Workshop –– Studio Residency Grant

The Studio Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to create new work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics. WSW invites applications from artists at any stage in their careers. This grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $500 for materials used during the residency, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.

Location:  Rosendale, NY

Deadline:  September 1, 2021

Residency Period: 6 – 8 Weeks


Jentel Arts - Visual Arts Residency

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. Solitude is balanced with the opportunity to form a community.

Location: Banner, WY

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Residency Period: January 15 –– May 13, 2022 


Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world. Due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA is offering FULL scholarships to all accepted artists.

Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL

Deadline: September 19, 2021

Residency Period:  February 13–March 5, 2022


NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, administered by NYFA in partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), provides grants to encourage and support the creation of content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. 

Deadline: November 1, 2021


Athena Standards Residency

The Athena Standards Residency is a month-long studio artist residency program in the bustling metropolis of Athens, Greece. The In-Studio Residency program provides the artist with an open format studio in an expansive, repurposed commercial building and shared housing with another residency artist in proximity to the studio. Professional development is integral to the Athena Standards Residency program, artists work closely with Art Historian and Curator Elizabeth Plessa to fully experience the Athenian Art scene and all it has to offer.

Location: Athens, Greece

Deadline: Rolling


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McColl Center for Art, Charlotte, NC

Literature

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction (CLOSED)

This is an annual national short fiction contest that features a first place $2,500 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $750; and a third place cash prize of $500. The winner stories will be published in the print issue of Fall of Philadelphia Stories. The Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction is made possible by the generous support of the McGlinn and Hansma families.

Deadline: June 15, 2021


Hedgebrook (CLOSED)

Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to four weeks, at no cost to the writer. This residency is open to women-identified writers 18 and older. Our 2022 residency cycle will be primarily dedicated to honoring the residencies that were awarded in 2020 and cancelled due to Covid-19.

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington

Deadline: June 28, 2021

Residency Period: 2 Weeks in Summer of 2022


Drue Heinz Literature Prize (CLOSED)

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.

Deadline: June 30, 2021


The Bard Fiction Prize (CLOSED)

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students, but is not expected to teach traditional courses.

Deadline: June 30, 2021


Bulington Magazine Contemporary Art Writing Prize (CLOSED)

This prize recognizes writers addressing contemporary art with £1,000. Their review will be published on the Burlington Contemporary platform and they will also have the opportunity to publish a review of a future contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine. 

Deadline: July 12, 2021


Ann Petry Award (CLOSED)

Founded in 2020 in partnership with Red Hen Press and the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, the Ann Petry Award seeks to publish prose literature by Black authors. The Ann Petry Award is for a work of previously unpublished prose, either a novel or a collection of short stories or novellas, with a minimum of 150 pages, by a Black writer.

Deadline: July 30, 2021


Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Our annual summer nonfiction contest opens May 15 to all types of creative nonfiction essays up to 5,000 words. The  entry fee is $20 and includes a copy of the Spring 2022 issue of Prairie Schooner, in which the winning essay will appear. The winner will receive $500 and publication in our Spring 2022 issue.

Deadline: August 2, 2021


Granum Foundation Fellowship Prize

The Granum Foundation Fellowship Prize will be awarded annually to help U.S.-based writers complete substantive literary works—such as poetry books, short story collections, novels, and translations—or to help launch these works. 

Deadline: August 3, 2021


Future Folklore Contest

Future Folklore is a call to practice an emergent genre called Climate Fiction, which uses a speculative format to respond to the climate crisis. Whether your tale is set ten years from now, or two hundred, show us how you envision innovating the values, practices and technologies of the past and today.

Deadline: August 9, 2021


Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. Authors may submit a work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2021. Galleys for a 2021 publication are also accepted. The cash prize is to support and enable the writer to focus on writing.

Deadline: August 15, 2021


Lee and Low Books New Voices Award

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 Indigenous/Native writer. Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. 

Deadline: August 15, 2021


The Palette Poetry Prize

We are thrilled to offer the Palette Poetry Prize for 2021: $4000 and publication! We are seeking one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page. The winner will be selected by our guest judge, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jericho Brown.

Deadline: August 15, 2021


Short Story Award for New Writers

Welcome to our Short Story Award for New Writers, an bi-annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers. Judging this year’s contest is author of ‘With Teeth and Mostly Dead Things’ Kristen Arnett! Entries must be under 6,000 words.

Deadline: August 30, 2021


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique. Since its establishment 15 years ago, the Creative Writing Award has provided a platform for poets and authors across the globe to showcase their work through publication, prize money and exposure.

Deadline: August 31, 2021


The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans

We are looking for the best unpublished novel or short story collection. The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans seeks to bring innovative publicity and broad distribution to authors. We collect submissions from March 1 to August 31, deciding on 15-20 finalists. The finalists are read by students from The Publishing Laboratory in the fall, and one is chosen for publication.

Deadline: August 31, 2021


Baltic Writing Residency

Baltic is the host of five residencies that take place around the world: Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; the village of Brora on the eastern coast of the Scottish Highlands; Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead in Kentucky; and a residency devoted to underrepresented writers takes places in either the Old Louisville neighborhood of Louisville, KY or in the woods of Asheville, NC. Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: September 15, 2021


Jentel Arts - Writers Residency

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. Solitude is balanced with opportunity to form a community.

Location: Banner, WY

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Residency Period: January 15–May 13


Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Competition

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by a number of literary agencies. Guest Judge: Daniel Mason, finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 

Deadline: October 1, 2021


Quill (Queer) Prose Award

Founded in 2015 by Tobi Harper of Red Hen Press, Quill seeks to publish quality literature by queer writers. The Quill Prose Award is for a work of previously unpublished prose with a minimum of 150 pages by a queer (LGBTQIA+) writer.

Deadline: October 31, 2021


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

The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes 12 emerging writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website, and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers. Each of the 12 winning writers receives a cash prize of $2,000, and the independent book publisher Catapult will publish the 12 winning stories in an annual anthology entitled Best Debut Short Stories: The PEN America Dau Prize, which will acknowledge the literary magazines and websites where the stories were originally published.

Deadline: November 15, 2021


Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927–1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. The awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. 

Deadline: November 1, 2021


The Mesa Refuge Residencies

The Mesa Refuge has supported more than 800 writers and other creatives mostly focused on “ideas at the edge” of nature, human economy, and social equity. A Mesa Refuge residency is an opportunity to develop ideas and present them to the public. We give priority to writers focusing on nature, the human economy, and social equity. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Location: Point Reyes Station, CA 

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Residency Duration: 2 Weeks in Spring of 2022


The Reedsy Prompts Contest

Respond to one of Reedsy’s weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy Blog!

Deadline: December 31, 2021


Steinbeck Fellow Program at San José State University

The Steinbeck Fellow Program, endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox, offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success but have not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the center and the university’s creative writing program.

Location: San José, CA

Deadline: January 2, 2022


Rockvale Writers’ Colony

Rockvale Writers’ Colony exists to support, promote, and educate writers of all backgrounds who write in any genre.

Location: College Grove, TN 

Deadline: Rolling 

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