There are loads of competitions, residencies and calls for submissions flying around. We happenned on the Poets and Writers Submissions Calendar. It's very detailed. Check it here.
There's also the Pulitzer Centre and YouTube Project for Reporting. It actually looks like fun--the contest invites non-professional, aspiring reporters to share their stories with the world. More info here.
The UN-Habitat Essay Contest is also on."While the urban population in developed countries will remain unchanged in the next two decades, the urban populations in the developing world will more than double. The majority of city inhabitants in the developing world are overwhelmingly young people, and are the most affected by issues of poverty, exclusion, and unemployment, access to housing, water and sanitation."
Deadline: February 21, 2010. More information here.
There's also the World Bank Essay Competition. This time around, they are looking for a great piece on green entrepreneurship ideas. Check here.
Bucknell's Emerging Writer Fellowship program offers poets who have recently completed their graduate work the chance to contribute to a thriving poetry center while providing time for the completion of a first book of poems. The Emerging Writer serves as an instructor and staff member in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The stipend is $20,000. Check here to see if the cap fits your head.