As writers, there are many chances this March to apply for fellowships or send your work to magazines. Take these chances and start the new month by trying them out. Remember to read the rules for each one, and keep this page saved to check for updates throughout the month.

 

The Victorian Writer 

The Victorian Writer magazine welcomes contributions from both members and non-members for their winter edition (June-August), themed ‘Golden’. The magazine is particularly interested in pieces that explore the craft of writing and the writer’s life. Submissions can be either completed works or pitches. Fiction and poetry submissions are also accepted. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: AUD100 (for 600 words) | AUD200 (for 1200 words)

Deadline: March 4, 2024.

 

Book IX Literary Journal

They’re seeking previously unpublished, philosophically informed creative works on the theme of ‘Love’. Submissions can include personal essays, memoirs, fiction, science fiction, humor, and poetry. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $200 (for prose) | $50 (for poetry)

Deadline: March 8, 2024, or until filled.

 

Bennington Review 

They accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $120 (for prose) | $250 (for longer prose pieces) | $25 (per poem) | copies of the issue.

Deadline: March 8, 2024. 

 

The Papatango New Writing Prize

This competition is exclusively for residents of the UK and Ireland. Writers are invited to submit original play scripts with a minimum running time of 60 minutes, or a word count of at least 9,000, or a minimum of 40 pages. The winning play will receive a cash prize, production, and publication. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<< 

Prize: £7,500 cash prize, 8% box office royalties, production, and publication.

Deadline: March 11, 2024.

 

National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts offers Creative Writing Fellowships for US-based writers, with a focus on poetry this year. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: Up to $25,000.  

Deadline: March 13, 2024.

 

Jane Martin Poetry Prize

The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is open to writers in the UK aged between 18 and 30 years old. Entrants can submit up to two poems, totaling no more than two sides of A4 paper. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: £700 (Winner) | £300 (Runner-up).  

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

So To Speak Journal

They are seeking submissions from writers and artists whose work aligns with their preferences across various genres in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and in visual art submissions, they are interested in pieces that are unconventional, strange, politically and intersectionally charged. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: A modest monetary prize.

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

Fahmidan Journal

Fahmidan Journal welcomes submissions of poetry, prose, and flash fiction. They publish quarterly and accept submissions year-round. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

The Sewanee Writers’ Conference will take place from July 16 to 28, 2024. Writers interested in attending may apply by submitting applications in one or more of the listed categories. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Benefits: Writers are permitted to attend the Conference once on a scholarship and once on a fellowship in any specific genre.

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

Iron Horse Literary Review

Iron Horse Literary Review is now open for submissions for their Prose Chapbook Contest! They are seeking collections that are 40-56 pages long, double-spaced. The selected winner will receive a prize of $1,000 along with publication of their chapbook. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $1,000 and publication.  

Deadline: March 15, 2024. 

 

Barely South Review 

They are currently accepting submissions across various genres including flash fiction, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. Additionally, they have introduced a new category for Lit Comix starting from the upcoming issue. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

Unbroken 

They are seeking prose poems that push boundaries and defy conventional storytelling. They prefer single-block text with innovative content, ranging from dark and disquieting to fanciful and surreal. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 15, 2024.

 

The Penn Review 

They accept free submissions for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art during their Spring Reading Period. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 17, 2024. 

 

Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & Lewitt Studios Essay Prize 

This is open to unpublished writers residing in the UK. The prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay, with a minimum of 25,000 words. The winning writer will also have the opportunity to spend up to two months in residency, to work on their book. Additionally, the winning book will be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: £3,000, residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, publication.

Deadline: March 17, 2024.

 

Writers Victoria 

They are also currently accepting applications for Round 11 of the Nielma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, aimed at Australian writers. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Grant Amount: Up to AUD10,000.  

Deadline: March 17, 2024.

 

BBC National Short Story Award

The BBC National Short Story Award, in collaboration with Cambridge University, is a prestigious competition open to UK writers. Entrants are invited to submit short stories of up to 8,000 words. Eligible writers must have a prior record of publication in the UK. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: £15,000 (Grand Prize) | £600 (Four Additional Awards)  

Deadline: March 18, 2024.  

 

20.35 Africa 

They are dedicated to fostering contemporary African poetry and welcomes annual submissions for its Anthology series. Additionally, nominations for its New Poets series are accepted on an ongoing basis. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 22, 2024.

 

The Red Hen Press Ann Petry Award 

This award is open to Black writers and seeks previously unpublished prose works, including novels or collections of short stories or novellas, with a minimum length of 150 pages. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $3,000 and publication  

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Silvers Grants for Work in Progress

Anglophone writers of any nationality are eligible to apply for grants to support long-form essays, including essay-length or book-length works, in the fields of literary criticism, arts writing, political analysis, and/or social reportage. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: Up to $10,000.  

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

The Goose Lane Claire Harris Poetry Prize

This prize is dedicated to recognizing emerging poets from Black, Indigenous, or other racialized communities in Canada. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $1,000.  

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Parsec Ink 

They are currently hosting a short story competition on the theme of “AI Mythology” for non-professional writers who haven’t met the eligibility requirements for SFWA Full Membership. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $200, $100, and $50 for adults | $50 for the best youth story.

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Caine Prize

Submissions are currently open for the 2024 Caine Prize for African Writing, a prestigious literary award for African writers. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: £10,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Palimpset Press

The press highly encourages submissions from women, Black authors, writers of color, Indigenous writers, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and Deaf/Disabled writers. Submissions from authors who do not identify as BIPOC, Deaf, or Disabled will only be accepted and reviewed before the deadline. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

This is an international grant aimed at supporting emerging writers of color in crime fiction writing and career development activities. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $2,000; Winner can choose from a range of activities including workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses, and research necessary for the completion of their work.   

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

The Toyin F. Sanni Essay Competition 

This prize aims to alleviate the financial burden of university fees for deserving Nigerian students. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: ₦1,500,000 (1st) | ₦1,000,000 (2nd) | ₦500,000 (3rd)

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

The Foley Poetry Contest

This contest is open for submissions of unpublished poems with a maximum of 45 lines. Additionally, their Catholic magazine is open for general submissions. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $1,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Ninth Letter 

They are currently accepting submissions on the theme of ‘Caretaking’ for their web edition. Submissions for the themed web issue are free, while submissions for the print issue incur a charge. They welcome fiction, poems, and essays that explore and navigate practices of care in diverse settings and circumstances. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $75 (prose) | $25 (poetry). 

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Sprinng Magazine 

They are currently accepting submissions for the year 2024 from African writers. Writers are invited to submit poetry, fiction (including flash fiction and short stories), or creative nonfiction (such as essays and book reviews) on any theme of their choice. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<< 

Deadline: March 31, 2024.

 

Taproot Magazine 

They are seeking submissions for their upcoming issue themed ‘Thread’. They are interested in pieces that explore topics related to food, farm, family, and craft. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: Varies.

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

 

The Maya Angelou Book Award 

This award for US writers recognizes works that exhibit a strong dedication to social justice. For the current cycle, the award is open to fiction books, including novels and short story collections, published in 2023 or scheduled for publication until November 2024. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $10,000.  

Deadline: April 1, 2024.  

 

The PEN America US Writers Aid Initiative 

This aims to support fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists who are facing emergency situations. Eligible applicants must be based in the United States, professional writers, and demonstrate that the one-time grant will be significant in addressing their emergency need. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: April 1, 2024.  

 

The Belfast Review 

They are currently accepting submissions for a wide range of creative works, including fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, scripts (for theatre and film), visual art, comics, photography, song lyrics, hybrid works, and poetry. There are no restrictions on genre. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

 

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest 

They are seeking submissions of humor poetry. Writers can submit a poem of up to 250 lines. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $2,000 and a two-year subscription to Duotrope (for the winner) | $500 (for second place) | $250 (for third place) | 10 additional prizes of $100 each. 

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

 

The Mike Resnick Memorial Award

They are seeking science fiction stories from new writers. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $250 (for first place) | $100 (for second place) | $50 (for third place). 

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

 

The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship 

This offers three-month fellowships to provide writers with uninterrupted time to concentrate on their work at an apartment located in Carson McCullers’ childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $5,000. 

Deadline: April 1, 2024.

 

Rolling Submissions

These are open calls with recurring deadlines or without specified deadlines; be sure to check if they haven’t reached their submission caps or closed, before submitting.

 

Palimpset Press

As part of their commitment to breaking down barriers for BIPOC, Deaf, and Disabled authors, they are now accepting submissions year-round from authors who identify as above. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

 

 

The University of Wisconsin Press

They have introduced a new series called Women and Gender in Africa, inviting manuscripts from African-born authors. The series, edited by UW–Madison professors Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué and Aili Mari Tripp, focuses on publishing original research in history, politics, and cultural studies. It seeks innovative works addressing topics such as women and religion, LGBTQI+ concerns, human rights, migration, and more. Manuscripts should engage in broad theoretical debates, demonstrate comparative insights, and incorporate discussions on literature and popular culture. Submissions will be evaluated based on significance, quality of scholarship, clarity, and marketability. Authors can inquire about their projects by contacting the series editors or submitting a brief email query. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

 

 

Naija Theatre

They are currently open for reviews, aiming to publish 1-2 reviews monthly. To submit, individuals are required to watch a Nigerian stage play, write a review, and share their name, email address, and the review itself. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: NGN50,000 for each accepted and published review.

Deadline: 25th of each month.

 

 

Shenandoah Literary

Fiction submissions for short stories and novel excerpts are now open on Shenandoah Literary. Only the first 250 submissions will be accepted.

Check the details and guidelines for submissions >>here<<

 

 

Illino Magazine

They’re looking for African fiction; afrofuturism, extended folklore, fantasy, mystic fiction, and young adult fiction by African writers who currently live in an African country.

Prizes: From $20.

Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

 

 

The War Cry

The Salvation Army magazine welcomes writings from freelance writers. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: If you create something new, they pay $0.35 for each word, and for articles they’ve published before, it’s $0.15 per word

 

 

Contingent Magazine 

A history magazine currently accepting pitches. They’re interested in various formats. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes:

$250 for shorts, field trips, and reviews.

$100 for mailbags and mini-essays.

$50 for postcards.

 

 

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)

This nonprofit magazine is on the lookout for pitches. They are specifically seeking pieces for their new column called “We Stood Up,” which features the voices of individuals working towards economic justice in their workplace. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $300.

 

 

Post-Mortem

They are currently open for pitches. They feature retrospectives of life experiences in the style of a Big Tech post-mortem, written by funny and witty people. If you have a humorous take on life experiences, they want to hear from you. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $100. 

 

 

Meridian

This magazine focused on untold stories in tech, is open to pitches at all times. Prize: The pay ranges between $0.80 and $1 per word. If you have an interesting pitch, you can send it to meridian@mercury.com. Before pitching, it’s a good idea to check their website to get a sense of the kind of work they publish. Check it out >>here<< 

 

 

Type Investigations 

This is a nonprofit investigative newsroom with a focus on pressing issues such as racial and economic justice, climate and environmental health, and civil and human rights. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: They typically offer compensation ranging from $3,000 to $6,000, which includes coverage for travel and reporting expenses. 

 


The Progress Network 

This is a movement striving for a brighter future amidst a world often filled with pessimistic voices. They are eager to receive substantive good news, solutions journalism stories, constructive opinions on current affairs, and progress-oriented perspectives on various themes including history, psychology, philosophy, and culture. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: The compensation for contributions ranges between $250 and $650.

 

 

The Drift

Positioning itself as a “magazine of culture and politics,” they’re seeking socially engaged cultural criticism, class-sensitive analysis, pieces addressing overlooked or evaded aspects in politics, media, arts, or academia, along with upbeat cynicism, un-self-serious screeds, generous takedowns, entries from the margins, fiction, poetry, and concise book, movie, TV, or art reviews. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $2,000 for essays, $500 to $1,000 for short stories, $150 for poems, and $25 for Mentions. 

 

 

The New Yorker

They accept fiction, poetry, shouts & murmurs and daily shouts, cartoons, and other type of writings. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Benefit: Publication.

 

Flora Fiction 

They welcome submissions of artwork and offer a platform for artists to share insights related to creativity, including processes, inspiration, critical thinking, and more. The submission categories include Flash Fiction, Poetry & Prose, Photography, and Drawings & Illustration. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Benefit: Publication.

 

 

Apex Magazine 

Their submission portal for short fiction is currently open. If you have a speculative fiction piece ready, this is your chance to submit. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $0.08 per word

 

 

The House of Gamut 

Fiction and poetry submissions are currently open. If you have stories fitting the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, neo-noir, new-weird, transgressive fiction, magical realism, or literary fiction leaning into the genre, this is your chance to submit. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $0.10 per word (fiction). $50 per poem for new work and $25 per poem for reprints. (Poetry) 

 

 

The Cosmic Background

If you enjoy crafting flash fiction stories that don’t necessarily follow a conventional narrative and love the bizarre and unusual, this is your chance to submit. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $0.08 per word

 

 

The O’Shaughnessy Fellowship 

This fellowship presents a unique opportunity for innovative creators worldwide. It is a one-year remote program open to individuals above eighteen years old. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: up to $100,000 in funding, along with access to founders, investors, and experts who will provide support in bringing your projects to life.

 

 

The RCDIJ Africa Fund 

They are actively providing support for small to mid-scale data and/or investigative journalism projects across various crucial topics, including education, health, security, environment, democracy, corruption, economy, migration, technology, culture, and development. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: Successful projects can be awarded funding ranging from $1,000 to $10,000

 

 

Eco Punk Literary Magazine 

They offer a continuous submission window for writers and artists interested in contributing Eco Poetry and Artwork. If you have environmentally-themed poetry or artwork, this could be an excellent platform for your creative expression. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $10.

 

 

Menagerie 

They accept submissions in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prize: $50.

 

 

Palette Poetry 

They exclusively accept submissions in the Poetry genre. Read the details and guidelines for submission >>here<<

Prizes: $50 per poem, up to $150.

 


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