Written by NmaHassan Muhammad June 9th, 2022

Fellowships, Residencies, and Other Writing Opportunities for June 2022

This month’s listing includes one opportunity with a deadline today, several with fast approaching deadlines, and a number with deadlines much further out. As always, some of these opportunities have limited demographics and some do not.

Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship 2022

The Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship 2022 is now accepting applications. These fellowships are merit-based awards that honor Wyoming’s literary artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional writing. They are based on a writer’s body of work. Three fellowships will be awarded, one in each category of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Noted authors, literary agents, and other writing professionals from outside the state judge the applications. The jury may give honorable mentions. The Creative Writing Fellowship recipients will receive $3,000 and the opportunity to present their work at a literary conference in Wyoming. Applications must be submitted online through Submittable.

Deadline is June 9, 2022.

For details, go here. For other fellowships from Wyoming Arts Council, go here.

The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest

The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest, with the theme The Funny Thing About Climate Change, challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. They are seeking for innovative pieces that challenge their expectations for what climate change messaging should look like. Their guidelines say, how can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message? What are innovative ways to creatively communicate about climate change? Consider: Humor, Positivity, Satire, Parody, Kitsch, Irony, Avant-Garde and more! The world is your oyster! Submissions are accepted in: Visual Art, Poetry & Spoken Word, Creative Writing, Film, Performing Arts (Music & Dance) and Interactive & Multimedia.

Deadline is June 13, 2022.

For details, go here.

Writer-in-Residence Program 2022

The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program is intended to provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial support, editorial assistance, and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults. It is also aims to promote the awareness of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between Library and the community. The fellowship recipient will receive $23,000 stipend, up to $2,000 of additional funding for coaching/editorial assistance, private office space at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, and opportunity to publicly present their manuscript at a fall reading. The completed manuscript will also be added to the BPL’s collection. All genres are welcome. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a graphic novel, script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. Applicants should not have already published any books and must be able to legally work in the US. The recipient must work for a minimum of 19 hours per week during the year-long residency, which runs from October through September.

Deadline is June 24, 2022.

For details, go here.

Walter Myers Grant 2022

The Walter Dean Myers Grants are open for submissions by unpublished but promising diverse writers and Illustrators. They are offering community-specific grants of $2,000 including two Walter Grants to Muslim creators, and two Walter Grants to Native/Indigenous/First Nations writers or illustrators, and two Walter Grants to trans writers or illustrators. To apply for these grants, you must select that you wish to be considered in your application. Applicants must be diverse, at least 18 years, and unpublished as illustrators and/or authors (this includes both trade publishing and self-publishing) and be U.S. residents or refugees living in the States.

Deadline is June 30, 2022.

For details, go here.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States, who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement. Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers. Winners will receive a cash prize of $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book.

Deadline is June 30, 2022.

For details, go here.


Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award 2022

The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The award winner will receive $2,500 and opportunity to be presented with the Sir Peter Ustinov Award in New York City.

They will also be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 50th International Emmy Awards.

Deadline is June 29, 2022.

For details, go here.



Artists and creative professionals from Germany and abroad are invited to apply for a two-month residency at SCHIESSLHAUS AiR in Kollnburg. The residency program is open for visual artists of all disciplines, as well as for other creative fields such as film, theater, literature, architecture, sound, design, and music. Applications that seek to pursue interdisciplinary approaches at the interfaces of art, science/theory, media and technology are highly encouraged.

Applications are open to individual artists and/or artists’ collectives from Germany and abroad. There is no age restriction. It is compulsory to stay at the residence during the two-month residency. Short-term absences are possible. By participating in the residency program, the guest artists agree to participate in three events of the SCHIESSLHAUS AiR public program: the Jour-Fixe (lecture series and networking event with workshop), the “Kollnburger-Kunstsonntag” (informal project presentations) or the Open Studios, and the SCHIESSLHAUS AiR Annual Exhibition (November 2022). The dates will be communicated upon positive decision. In addition, the participation in the residency program requires a short report on the residency experience (either in written form, in the form of a photo album, a video/audio documentation or similar). Benefits include living spaces, studio and exhibition spaces, high-profile presentation platforms and networks, monthly grant/artists’ fee of 1.200 EUR (incl. costs of materials), reimbursement of travel expenses within Germany up to max. 120 EUR, within the EU up to max. 300 EUR, outside the EU up to max. 600 EUR, reimbursement of exhibition-related travel expenses (annual exhibition), and if applicable, additional funds for costs of materials and transport (annual exhibition). Current open call is for the residency period: September 13 – November 5, 2022.

Deadline is July 2, 2022.

For details, go here.

TED Fellowship 2022

The TED Fellows program is currently accepting applications for the TED2023 Fellowship. Every year the TED Fellows program selects a new group of extraordinary, multidisciplinary individuals by open application. They look for innovators on the rise in their respective fields who are doing bold, original work and working on-the-ground on world-changing ideas such as the doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and human rights activists. You’re eligible to apply if you’re at work on a future-shaping idea and over the age of 18. The TED Fellows program is not an academic fellowship and non-traditional educations are welcome. In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are also important traits they look for in TED Fellows. TED Fellows are part of a diverse, collaborative and global community of more than 500 emerging and established experts. If selected, you’ll have the opportunity to give a TED Talk and gain valuable feedback from TED’s expert coaches on how to hone, express and communicate your work and ideas. You’ll receive career coaching and mentorship from our team of professional coaches and get public relations guidance and media training. You’ll participate in virtual programming for TED Fellows and be invited to attend a TED conference. They only accept applications written in English.

Deadline is June 30, 2022.

For details, go here.

AFIRE Linda Ikeji Prize For Literature 2022 

The African Indie Writers Review (AFIRE) e-journal is happy to announce the 2022 Linda Ikeji Prize for Literature worth ₦1,000,000 (Almost $2,800). The Literature Prize is for African students and applicants from any African country. There are six categories, namely:

Fiction, Prose – full-length novels (published, self-published or unpublished); Fiction, Prose – short stories (published, self-published or unpublished); Non-Fiction (published, self-published or unpublished); Poetry collections (published, self-published or unpublished); Drama (published, self-published or unpublished); and Social media essay collections (published, self-published or unpublished).

Deadline is July 31, 2022.

For details, go here.

SCBWI’s Russell Freedman Award For Nonfiction For A Better World

In honor of the late Russell Freedman, Newbery Award winner and one of the modern masters of narrative nonfiction, SCBWI are happy to announce the The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World as part of their Impact and Legacy Fund. To apply, fill out the application form and submit it to the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund. Requirements include a summary of your book (250 words max), your book’s topic, your intention in writing the book, and what you hope will be its effect on the world. Any nonfiction book published for children or young adults, released between January 1 and December 31, 2022, is eligible. Also, you do not have to be a member of SCBWI to submit. However, your book must be published by a publisher on the SCBWI PAL list (check SCBWI website for the Book Publisher). Twenty finalists will be selected. If your book is a finalist, you will be notified, and full copies of your book will be provided to the judging committee. The winner will receive a prize of $2500, recognition in all SCBWI publications, and a virtual forum to give a speech before the entire children’s book community.

Deadline is September 15, 2022.

For details, go here.

Bio: NmaHassan Muhammad is a children’s author and poet. He is currently on a residency at Ebedi International Writers Residency in Iseyin, Nigeria, where he will be completing the revision of three picture books workshopped recently at GrubStreet’s Picture Book Revision with Holly Thompson and teaching creative writing to students.


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