Call for Submissions & Grants


The Ron Offen Poetry Prize

Deadline: January 24, 2020

The Ron Offen Poetry Prize deadline is January 24, 2020, 9:00 am. Any current graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Chicago is eligible. Please submit 3-5 pages of poetry. Submissions should be in the form of an anonymous pdf and sent to Presented by the Ron Offen Poetry Prize Series and the Program in Poetry and Poetics.


Disquiet Prize

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The 2020 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2020 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid. The complete guidelines for the 2020 contest are listed here.


Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is accepting submissions for the annual Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers, the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States. Submissions for the award open October 1, 2019 and close January 31, 2020. Submissions will be judged by distinguished published authors in fiction and poetry. Writers will be notified in March whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards, which include a cash prize, will be announced in May. Award winners will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC. More information here.


The Graduate School at WKU

Deadline: February 1, 2020

The program is fully funded, offering generous assistantships, which will allow our MFA students to gain valuable experience tutoring and teaching. Our MFA faculty publishes widely, and they’re dedicated to their teaching. And all of this takes place on a beautiful campus in a town that is frequently cited as one of the most livable in the country. All application materials should be submitted electronically to The Graduate School at WKU byFebruary 1, 2019. After completing The Graduate School’s online application, applicants will be directed to submit letters of application/statements of purpose and writing samples via email. For more information about the program, contact Dr. David Bell at


2020 College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The College Summer Institute (CSI) in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences provides selected undergraduates the opportunity to undertake intensive intellectual training and research with accomplished scholars and peers at UChicago. Summer Institute Scholars will collaborate closely with a small cohort of faculty across humanistic disciplines to develop original research projects centered on the interdisciplinary theme of the Institute. The 2020 CSI theme is The Place of Water: histories, presence, and futures. The CSI is open to rising 3rd- and 4th-year College students from all disciplines interested in pursuing humanistic inquiry into the Institute's theme. All participating Scholars will receive a $3000 grant. Read more about the 2020 CSI, including the Faculty Mentors, the program dates, and the application process here:


The Alchemist Review

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The Alchemist Review is the literary journal at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Historically, we have allowed submissions from students and alumni only. This year we are very excited to announce the expansion of our journal to also include submissions from all undergraduate students in Illinois. We are a print journal that launches in April. The Alchemist Review publishes creative writing including but not limited to fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, art, and photography by new and experienced writers. We are committed to providing an inclusive, safe and diverse space for students to test their voices. The Alchemist Review is committed to publishing diverse voices and aims to focus on those that have, throughout history, been marginalized and excluded from the literary canon. We especially encourage submissions from women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers with intersectional identities. Our submission deadline is February 15, 2020, and we have attached our submission flyer to this email. Submission details are on the flyer, and can also be found on our website,


Call for Papers and Participants: Chicagoland Poetics Initiative 2020

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The second annual Chicagoland Poetics Initiative invites proposals for an intensive one-day workshop, to take place at The University of Chicago on Saturday, May 2, 2020. We warmly encourage participation from those pursuing research in poetry and poetics in any language and on any topic. The workshop brings together graduate students and faculty, with a strong emphasis on graduate student work. Building on the robust conversation begun during last year’s inaugural Chicagoland Poetics Initiative held at Northwestern University, this year we will meet again to discuss works-in-progress, providing extensive feedback while engaging in a lively discussion of the field. We will provide (delicious!) breakfast, lunch, dinner, and ample caffeine and hydration, to support a friendly and focused discussion of poetics. We invite graduate students who have advanced to candidacy to apply to present a paper (generally a selection from a dissertation chapter) or to serve as participants in the discussion sessions. We encourage graduate students who are still pre-candidacy to join us as participants only. Last year’s participants who have reached candidacy are strongly encouraged to propose works-in-progress. Faculty are welcome in either capacity. To apply to present a paper, send a CV and an abstract of no more than 300-words by February 15 to To apply to be a participant, please send a brief paragraph introducing yourself and your research interests. Notifications of acceptance will be made by the end of February. Selected presenters will be asked to circulate a work-in-progress of no more than 20-25 pages by April 18, 2020. Sessions will consist of 45-minute discussions of individual works. Presenters and participants are expected to read all submissions closely in advance of the seminar, to facilitate lively discussion. One session may also be devoted to a common reading and/or keynote lecture.


Omnidawn: 2020 First/Second Poetry Book Contest     

Deadline: Feb 18, 2020         

Judge: Jericho Brown. This contest is open to writers worldwide who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet's first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.) We recommend submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-70 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Jericho Brown, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between Nov 1, 2019 and Feb 18, 2020 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Reading fee is $27. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any current Omnidawn book. A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at (Established in 2008, this contest was Omnidawn's first book contest.) The 2020 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in August 2020, and we expect to publish the winning book in October 2021. To view details below about previous winners of the First/Second Book Contest click here. Winner gets $3,000 & Publication.



Deadline: March 21, 2020

Asterism is an international journal accepting English-written submissions and our team of editors would like to reach out to find engaging and promising works from a wide variety of undergraduate students. Asterism is currently accepting submissions for two different categories: poetry and short fiction stories. Students may submit their work at and view our current issue at  Questions? Contact Doug Sutton-Ramspeck at