Early-August Fiction Writing Contests

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-month mentorship in Los Angeles with a professional writer, as well as classes at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, public readings, and other programming. Housing is not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold a graduate writing degree are eligible. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, a federal tax return summary, and at least two letters of recommendation. The application can be downloaded here.

Deadline: August 10, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.

We encourage you to apply if you are a woman or trans artist who:

  • Has an art for social change project or opportunity that impacts a larger group, audience, or community.
  • Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.
  • Has a project supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner (a person, organization, or business that is a part of the project in some way).
  • Lives in the Delaware Valley area: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County

 You can apply here.

Deadline: August 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $0 More

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships

The Delaware Division of the Arts offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations chartered and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities. Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program are eligible.

Applications from organizations and schools are reviewed annually by grant review panels, consisting of individuals who live and/or work in Delaware, selected because of their knowledge and experience in the arts, business and nonprofit management, and involvement in their community. Panelist nominations are accepted year-round.

 Download the Grant Review Panelist Fact Sheet to learn more about what’s involved in being a grant review panelist, the Grant Panelist Nominee Information Form to nominate yourself, and the Panelist Nomination Form to nominate others. 

Deadline: August 3, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Gival Press Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words.  

Please note that the story should be a "stand alone story" —-not a chapter from a novel. Please be sure that your envelope is properly sealed.

Author Identification:

Submit name, address, telephone number, email address on a separate page, along with the title of the short story submitted. A short bio should also be included.
If the short story wins, the author must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible CD or USB in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer disk.

You can submit to it here and view the past winners here.

Deadline: August 8, 2015
Entry Fee: $25