This roundup offers lots to choose from, whether you focus on poetry, screenwriting, mysteries, fiction, creative nonfiction or screenplays. So check your drawers and shelves and step out your stories!
Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards: Winner receives $1,000.00 in cash and publication in Writer’s Digest magazine. Cash prizes for second and third place and prizes for anyone in the Top 25. Deadline: October 31.
William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grants: Offered annually for unpublished work in the mystery writing field. Malice Domestic provides two $1,500 grants that include access to its annual convention and two nights of lodging at the convention hotel. The genre is loosely described as mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type: “traditional mysteries.” These works usually feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex. Writers must not have published a book, short story, or dramatic work in the mystery field, either in print, electronic, or audio form. Deadline: November 15.
North Carolina Writers’ Fellowships: $10,000.00 fellowships offered by the North Carolina Arts Council. Open to North Carolina residents: poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least one year prior to the application deadline and may not be enrolled in an academic or degree-granting program during the fellowship year. Fellows must maintain their residency throughout the grant period. There is no application fee. Deadline: November 3.
2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Every year, BlueCat gives unknown screenwriters the opportunity to develop their work. BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with its longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive a written analysis with the best screenplays selected receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes. Final deadline: November 15.