A Room of Her Own Foundation seeks to empower women by honoring their artistic achievements and educating the community about the importance of female artists and writers. The foundation’s mission is inspired by Virginia Woolf, who believed that with economic support and space of their own, female writers could truly commit to their art.
The foundation’s largest contest, the Gift of Freedom award, is exactly what it sounds like. It offers female writers the freedom to focus on their writing by granting them a $50,000 award.
Right now, the window is closed for the Gift of Freedom award, but on July 31 the foundation’s Orlando Prize literary contest deadline will be here. The contest awards $1000 in four separate categories, poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Applicants are encouraged to submit pieces in each category, and winners will also receive publication in Los Angeles Review. A few details to keep in mind:
- Submissions must be unpublished.
- Poetry must be no more than 36 lines.
- Short fiction/creative nonfiction must be no more than 1500 words.
- Flash fiction must be no more than 500 words.
To read more about the contest and to apply online, click here.
– Melanie Figueroa