Here are some news #OwnVoices contests for the month of February:
1. Restless Books Immigration Writing Prize.
No entry fee. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Eligibility: 1st generation immigrant writer. Writing that addresses U.S. identity in the global age. Submit a non-fiction manuscript of at least 25,000 words. Prize: $10,000 advance, and publication by Restless Books. For more information, visit http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
2. Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
From MPLRA website: The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. In 2017 for the first time we will also name a runner-up, who will receive $2,500. Deadline: February 21, 2017.
3. HBO Writing Fellowship
“The HBOAccess® Writing Fellowship provides mentorship for up to 8 diverse, emerging storytellers. Following a one-week intensive of master classes, participants are immersed in 8 months of mentoring by HBO creative executives, as each participant develops a script suitable for HBO® or Cinemax®.” Applications are accepted from March 1 to March 4, 2017.
A few #OwnVoices Literary Agent wish lists
1. Sarah Davies, of Greenhouse Literary, is looking for “a dynamic Syrian writer who writes fiction (or non-fiction) for children and teens.”
2. Lorin Oberweger, of Adams Literary, is looking for awesome stories of resistance, not fantasy or dystopian.
3. From Jennifer Azantian, of Azantian Literary Agency: “As a side-note, just for #WriteYourResistance and #Ownvoices, I am open to contemporary stories not just ones with a speculative twist.”
4. Justin Wells, of Corvisiero Literary Agency, is looking for Muslim own voices middle grade and young adult manuscripts.
5. Lauren Spieller of Triada US Literary Agency, is looking for Muslim own voices picture book manuscripts.
Learn more about literary agents’ wish lists, year round, on Manuscript Wish List‘s website.