Friday, February 26, 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter March 2021








Hello Writer Friends,

Spring Break is here and everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine - and what’s better than listen to an audiobook and enjoy the story while you are walking or hiking?  Are your own titles already in audio format?  Don’t miss out on the future of books!



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The Writer's Trust Engle Findley Award

The $25,000 Award is given to a mid-career writer in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian literature. All Canadian writers are eligible. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Must have at least three books published, predominantly fiction.

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship - Creative Writing

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Deadline March 10


2021 Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship 

This annual fellowship of $3,500 is a national call open to creative writers & journalists  

Deadline: March 11


BBC National Short Story Award

Open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. Short fiction. 

Prize: £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up.  Deadline March 15


Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards 

English and French Books must have been written or translated (French to English) by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Lucrative Prize: ***$25,000*** 

Deadline: March 15


Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay Contest 

Grades 6 - 12. Essay of 500 words. Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders. 

Prize: $3,5000.  Deadline March 19, 2021


Bailey Opportunity Grants - Knoxville, TN

Applicants may apply for a maximum of $75,000 in support, although most organization grants have ranged in size from $1,000 to $15,000 and most artist grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville. 

Deadline March 21


Restless Books - Prize for New Immigrant Writing. 

Open to first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Unpublished nonfiction books. Prize: $10,000 and publication.  Deadline March 31


Tusculum Review Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication in The Tusculum Review, and creation of a limited-edition chapbook is awarded for the winning story. The entry fee includes a subscription. Each manuscript should consist of a single story between 2,000 and 6,500 words in a standard 12-point font.  
$15 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 31


Southern Studies Fellowship

This program will bring an early-career artist and an early career-writer, (literature-graduate) to Spartanburg, SC, for a 9-month residency. Housing & monthly stipend of $900 included.

Deadline April 28


Irene Adler Scholarship

The Irene Adler Prize offers a $1,000 US scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada.  Deadline April 30

Smokelong Grand Micro Competition

Fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid narratives are considered. Limit 400 words. 

Grand Prize: $1,500. Second Place: $500. Third Place: $300. 

The story will be judged on the English text.  $6 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 16


Covid Emergency Grants for Dramatists

This grant is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation due to COVID-19 related circumstances.



Review the existing content of the blog, website, or publication you are pitching.  Make sure your idea is in line with what they publish—and that the topic isn’t too similar to an angle they have already covered.  Then write a solid pitch that gets the editor’s attention.  And keep on pitching.  That’s how you move up, earn more, and make a living writing.


Seeking a freelance writer to write articles helping fiction writers. Payment is roughly $500 per post, depending on length and research. Posts range from 4,000 words to 6,000 words. This is a freelance position but could turn into a full-time position if we are a good match.


Harper's Magazine

It has a circulation of more than 220,000. They publish fiction, art, and nonfiction. Payment: between 25 cents and 1 Dollar a word. Snail mail submissions only.


One Story 

is seeking literary short stories. Single stories are sent to email subscribers every month. Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies.


The Paris Review 

In its long history as a literary magazine The Paris Review has published such luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich. The Paris Review accepts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: 10 cents/word to $100 flat fee.


The New Yorker 

It publishes one short story per issue and several poems. Payment: Professional rates. Submission guidelines:



Toronto Star Short Story Contest

1st prize - $5,000; 2nd prize - $2,000, 3rd prize - $1,000.

Writers who live in Ontario can enter the contest, which is one of the largest in North America. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, March 1


Chapter One Prize for Novelist

The Prize is awarded for an outstanding first chapter of an unpublished novel. First prize is $1,000; 2nd is $500; and 3rd is $250. The prize is open to anyone over 18 writing a novel in English in any genre for adult or YA readers. 
$20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 1


Creative Capital Awards
A project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support. The funding is disbursed to artists at key moments of their choosing throughout the lifespan of their project. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of more than $50,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $100,000.  
Deadline March 1


Waterman Fund Wilderness Essay Contest

The winning essay will be awarded $1,500. The runner-up essay will receive $500. 

Deadline March 2


Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Adventure writing novel. Separate categories for published & unpublished books. Self-published books accepted. ***Prize: £15,000***  Deadline: March 7


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

Literary non-fiction. The title must be published in Canada and written by a Canadian. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between October 1, 2020, and March 9, 2021.  

Deadline: March 10


Juneau Community Foundation Grants

The Foundation’s Individual Artist Award grant program is dedicated to the development of artists in their pursuit of the creation of original works, by fostering the creative process that produces their vision. Maximum award amount of $2,500  Deadline March 15


Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest
Finalists and the first-place winner will be announced on Fourth Genre’s Facebook, Twitter, and website. Limit 6,000 words.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 15


Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize
Your essay must be short enough to be web-friendly. Typically, web content does not exceed more than a few thousand words. All submissions will be considered for publication on the Fourth Genre website.  
$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 15


Woodcock Fund

No deadline. Emergency funding to professional Canadian writers in mid-project. Must be a professional writer (minimum of two books published), must be facing an unforeseen financial need. Pays from $2,000 to $10,000.


Nimrod Literary Awards

The $2,000 Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Poetry submissions should be 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems), and fiction submissions should be 7,500 words max.  Entry Fee: $20.  Deadline March 31


Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers' Prize

Looking for never-been-published travel writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—fiction, nonfiction, essay, or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place, people, and time. Prize $500

Entry Fee: $15.  Deadline March 31


$500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. The word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micro-poetry is limited to 140 characters. Works should be unpublished except on a personal blog or website.  $6 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 31


Killer Reads Crime Novel Competition UK
This is a competition to help push open doors to crime writers who need a way into the publishing industry. Send us the first 10,000 words of your crime, thriller or suspense novel, a short synopsis. A short synopsis (max. 500 words), and a short paragraph about yourself. Limited to UK residents.  Deadline April 1


Travel Writing Competition

We’re looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing of 2,000 words or fewer. £1000  Your entry can be in the form of an article, opinion piece, destination guide, literary non-fiction, memoir, etc.

Entry Fee: $11.  Deadline April 13


The Adventure Writers Competition

Any novels between 50,000 and 200,000 words that are in the realm of action/adventure/thriller/mystery - and chocked-full of adventure - are welcome. Prize $1,000. No sci-fi, fantasy, horror or young children's books. 

Fiction, Novel, Thriller, Mystery,  Entry Fee: $35.  Deadline April 30 


WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

The $500 contest is open globally. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. Open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond!

Entry Fee: $12.  Deadline April 30, 2021


The Bath Novel Awards

A £3,000 international prize for emerging writers of adult fiction. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis of your novel for adults or young adults. Shortlisted entries will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions.

Entry Fee: $38.  Deadline May 31


Short Story Competition

This Short Story Competition has the theme: ‘Stories with a Sense of Place’. Max. 5,000 words. Prize £1500.  Entry Fee: $17.  Deadline June 15


To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Contest

A biennial short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. The top prize is £1,200   Entry Fee: $18.  Deadline July 31


Juniper Prizes

The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication. Submissions are accepted between August 1 and September 30.

Entry Fee: $30.  Deadline September 30


We hope you found lots of ideas in this March newsletter. Enjoy St Patrick’s Day and the upcoming Daylight Savings Time next weekend. 



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