Luminary’s Fellowship Applications Are Live!

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation is committed to the region’s most talented emerging artists during the pivotal time between their education and career. 

2021 applications are NOW OPEN to all eligible artists in the Chicago community working in Classical Music, Visual Arts, Jazz, and Creative Writing.

The application is free and winners can win up to $15,000 in unrestricted grant money. 

Find out more here

Arcturus Writing Contest


The Chicago Review of Books and its sister publication, Arcturus, are holding a writing contest now through April 1 for original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. There is a five-dollar reading fee for each category entered. Winners receive $100, publication in Arcturus, and a featured interview at the Chicago Review of Books.

Furrow Magazine Call for Submissions


Furrow, an undergraduate literary journal produced by students at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, is currently accepting submissions for their 2017 issue.

Students may submit their poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and artwork. The priority submission deadline of March 1st is approaching quickly, but submitting is easy!

The submission instructions can be found below, or at

To be eligible for publication, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate at any college or university at the time of your submission.

We only accept work that has not been published elsewhere, in print or online.

Please send all submissions as .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .jpeg attachments to In your email, please note the name of the college or university where you’re enrolled.Please leave your name off all pages/images, because we judge submissions anonymously.

Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems
Fiction: Submit 1 story, up to 5000 words, double spaced
Nonfiction: Submit 1 essay, up to 5000 words, double spaced
Art: Submit up to 5 images, preferably .jpg files under 5MB
Comics: Submit up to 10 pages

We will notify you of acceptance or rejection by early May. Feel free to email with any questions you may have.

Summer Workshop Opportunity


Tent: Creative Writing is a free week of workshops, literary seminars, and conversations for twenty writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in their twenties and early thirties who are curious about connections between Jewishness and contemporary culture.

Sam Lipsyte (fiction), Lisa Olstein (poetry), and Eileen Pollack (nonfiction) will lead the writing workshops. The program runs July 16 to 23 in Amherst, Massachusetts. More information and the application are available here.

Application deadline: March 13.

Call for participation, submissions from The Writer’s Block

11246021_10203597397054368_2519301881990653554_nCall for Participation and Submissions from The Writer’s Block:

The Writer’s Block is a creative writing club at DePaul that meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm in Levan 506 (during winter quarter). The Writer’s Block prides itself on providing a safe space for writers to respond to prompts, create and edit pieces, and share their written work through workshops and various writing sessions.

During Spring Quarter, The Writer’s Block will be creating an anthological “zine” of pieces either created at the club or submitted to To be eligible to submit, you must attend at least two of our meetings! Email us with any questions, and join our Facebook group, “The Writer’s Block”!

We can’t wait to meet you and read your writing!

The 2017 Luminarts Fellowship


Apply today for the 2017 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Classical Music, or Jazz. You could win up to $15,000, become a Luminarts Fellow, and as a Fellow be eligible to receive future funding for your artistic and career development projects.

For more information, visit, email, or call (312) 435-5961.

Apply today!

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition

Accepting submissions through January 15, 2017
Submissions are now open for the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Submission fee is $10 for three poems. Winners will receive an award of $100 and will be invited to read their poems at the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival (NHPF), which will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. Winners and honorable mentions will be included in the annual anthology as well as published on the Festival website.

Submit your work: Santa Ana River Review, Saints & Sinners

The Santa Ana River Review

The Santa Ana River Review, the graduate-student-run literary journal of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, is now open for submissions through the 15th of November! We are currently accepting submissions in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Visual Arts.

This year, we are also hosting a Dramatic Works Contest, with NO SUBMISSION FEE and a TOP PRIZE of $100! With this contest, we are looking for truly unique 10-minute works unhindered by the confines of a production budget or performance restrictions.
We hope you’ll take a look at our site,, and submit your best new work– we look forward to reading it!


Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest

We are happy to announce that the 2017 Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest is now accepting submissions.

Entry fee is $20.

Please see below for further information, and please consider submitting to this contest!

Grand Prize: $500
Complementary registration to 2017 Saints and Sinners ($150 Value)
Publication in anthology New Fiction from the Festival (Bold Strokes Books)
Invitation to read at Book Launch Party on March 25, 2017.
Two runners-up will each receive $100
Top Finalists’ stories will also be included in New Fiction from the Festival
Submissions should be between 4,000-7,000 words.
Story should include LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”
The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.

Deadline: October 8, 2016

This year’s contest judge is Michael Thomas Ford, the Lambda award-winning author of many books including Lily, Suicide Notes, and Jane Bites Back.

Apply to the Luminarts Creative Writing Contest by Friday, May 6th


The Creative Writing Fellowship Competition awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories or prose and poetry. Entries are submitted to the competition and reviewed by an initial panel of jurors. Once tallied, all top entries go to the final juror panel and the winners are selected. Jurors are comprised of professional authors, novelists, and American poets, literary contributors, publishers, editors, journalists and media contributors, and Pulitzer and PEN Hemingway Award Winners.  The deadline to apply to the 2016 Creative Writing Fellowship Competition is Friday, May 6, 2016.