January/February 2021 - Recent Winners

92Y Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery Poetry Contest
Four poets won the 2020 Discovery Poetry Contest. They are Asa Drake of Ocala, Florida, Luther Hughes of Seattle, Ana Portnoy Brimmer of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and Daniella Toosie-Watson of Middletown, New York. They each received $500, publication of their work in the Paris Review Daily, and an invitation to give a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Diana Marie Delgado and Timothy Donnelly were the preliminary judges; Jericho Brown, Paisley Rekdal, and Wendy Xu were the final judges. The annual awards are given to poets who have not published a book of poems. (See Deadlines.)
92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, Discovery Poetry Contest, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128. Ricardo Maldonado, Contact.
rickymaldonado@92y.org
www.92y.org/poetry/discovery-contest.aspx

Academy of American Poets
Wallace Stevens Award
Nikky Finney of Columbia, South Carolina, won the 2020 Wallace Stevens Award. She received $100,000. The Academy’s board of chancellors judged. The annual award is given to a poet to “recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.” There is no application process.
Academy of American Poets Fellowship
Carmen Giménez Smith of Blacksburg, Virginia, won the 2020 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. She received $25,000 and a residency at the T. S. Eliot House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Academy’s board of chancellors judged. The annual fellowship is given to an American poet for distinguished poetic achievement. There is no application process.
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Hanif Abdurraqib of Columbus, Ohio, won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for A Fortune for Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019). He received $25,000; a 10-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York; and distribution of his book to members of the Academy of American Poets. Garrett Hongo, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Tim Seibles judged. The annual award is given for a book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. The next deadline is May 15.
Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize
Geoffrey Brock of Fayetteville, Arkansas, won the 2020 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize for his translation of Last Dream by Giovanni Pascoli (World Poetry Books, 2019). He received $10,000. Maria Esposito Frank, Giorgio Mobili, and Michael Palma judged. The prize is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States during the previous year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
James Laughlin Award
Chet’la Sebree of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, won the 2020 James Laughlin Award for Field Study (FSG Originals, 2021). She received $5,000, a weeklong residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of her book to members of the Academy of American Poets. Rick Barot, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers judged. The annual award is given for a poet’s second collection, forthcoming in the next calendar year. The next deadline is May 15.
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
Rajiv Mohabir of Boston won the 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for his translation from the Bhojpuri of Lalbihari Sharma’s I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (Kaya Press, 2019). He received $1,000. Daniel Borzutzky judged. The annual award is given for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. (212) 274-0343. Nikay Paredes, Senior Programs Manager.
awards@poets.org
poets.org/academy-american-poets/american-poets-prizes

Airlie Press
Airlie Prize
David J. S. Pickering of The Dalles, Oregon, won the 2020 Airlie Prize for Jesus Comes to Me as Judy Garland. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Airlie Press in the fall. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Airlie Press, Airlie Prize, P.O. Box 68441, Portland, OR 97268. Jennifer Perrine, Editor.
editors@airliepress.org
www.airliepress.org

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
Irenosen Okojie of London won the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for “Grace Jones.” She received £10,000 (approximately $12,860). The finalists were Chikodili Emelumadu of East Sussex, England, for “What to Do When Your Child Brings Home a Mami Wata”; Jowhor Ile of Morgantown, West Virginia, for “Fisherman’s Stew”; Rémy Ngamije of Windhoek, Namibia, for “The Neighbourhood Watch”; and Erica Sugo Anyadike of Nairobi for “How to Marry an African President.” They each received £500 (approximately $643), and their stories were published in the 2020 AKO Caine Prize anthology. Audrey Brown, Gabriel Gbadamosi, James Murua, Ebissé Rouw, and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp judged. The annual award is given for a published short story by an African writer. (See Deadlines.)
AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU, England.
info@caineprize.com
www.caineprize.com

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series
Four writers won the 2020 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series prizes. Tracy Fuad of Berlin won the $5,500 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Her collection, about:blank, selected by Claudia Rankine, will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press. John Weir of New York City won the $5,500 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. His collection, Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me, selected by Amina Gautier, will be published by Red Hen Press. Christie Hodgen of Kansas City, Missouri, won the $2,500 AWP Prize for the Novel. Her novel, Boy Meets Girl, selected by Salvatore Scibona, will be published by New Issues Poetry & Prose. Caroline Crew of Atlanta won the $2,500 AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Her essay collection, Other Girls to Burn, selected by Alexander Chee, will be published by University of Georgia Press. The annual awards are given for books of poetry, fiction, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. (See Deadlines.)
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, 5700 Rivertech Court, Suite 225, Riverdale Park, MD 20737.
www.awpwriter.org/contests

Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize in Poetry
Nathaniel Perry of Farmville, Virginia, won the 2020 Backwaters Prize in Poetry for Long Rules: An Essay in Verse. He received $2,000, and his book will be published by Backwaters Press in the fall. Amy Haddad of Omaha received an honorable mention for An Otherwise Healthy Woman. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Backwaters Press in spring 2022. Matt Mason judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is May 31.
Backwaters Press, Backwaters Prize in Poetry, University of Nebraska Press, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588.
nebraskapress.unl.edu

Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize
Alexa Doran of Tallahassee won the 2020 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize for DM Me, Mother Darling. She will receive $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing in the spring, and 100 author copies. Nils Michals judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Monadnock Essay Collection Prize
Patrick Mondaca of Clinton, Connecticut, won the 2020 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for Adjustment Disorder: A Collection of Maladjusted Essays. He will receive $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing in spring 2021, and 100 author copies. Áine Greaney judged. The annual award is given for an essay collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Bauhan Publishing, P.O. Box 117, Peterborough, NH 03458.
www.bauhanpublishing.com/contests

Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Award
Stephanie Dickinson of New York City won the 2020 Library of Poetry Award for Blue Swan, Black Swan: The Trakl Diaries. She received $1,000, and her collection will be published by Bitter Oleander Press in the spring. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is June 15.
Bitter Oleander Press, Library of Poetry Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066.
www.bitteroleander.com/contest.html

Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize
Caroline Patterson of Missoula, Montana, won the 2020 Big Moose Prize for The Stone Sister. She received $1,000, and her novel will be published by Black Lawrence Press in September. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a novel. (See Deadlines.)
Black Lawrence Press, Big Moose Prize, 279 Claremont Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10552. (412) 559-6649. Diane Goettel, Executive Editor.
diane@blacklawrencepress.com
www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize

Booker Prize Foundation
Booker Prize for Fiction
Douglas Stuart of New York City won the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction for Shuggie Bain (Picador). He received £50,000 (approximately $32,150). The finalists were Diane Cook of New York City for The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications), Tsitsi Dangarembga of Harare for This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber), Avni Doshi of Dubai for Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton), Maaza Mengiste of New York City for The Shadow King (Canongate Books), and Brandon Taylor of Iowa City for Real Life (Daunt Books Publishing). The finalists, including the winner, each received £2,500 (approximately $3,215). Margaret Busby, Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, Lemn Sissay, and Emily Wilson judged. The annual award is given for a novel published in the previous year that is written in English and published in the United Kingdom. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Booker Prize Foundation, Booker Prize for Fiction, 28 St. James’s Walk, London EC1R 0AP, England.
thebookerprizes.com

Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Sena Moon of Detroit won the 2019 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers for “Homing Spoons.” She received $1,500, and her story was published in the fall 2020 issue of Boulevard. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a short story by a writer who has not published a book with a nationally distributed press. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Boulevard, Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers, 4125 Juniata Street B, St. Louis, MO 63116. Jessica Rogen, Editor.
www.boulevardmagazine.org

Cave Canem
Poetry Prize
Aurielle Marie of Atlanta won the 2020 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Gumbo Ya Ya. She will receive $1,000, and her book will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2021. Douglas Kearney judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection by a Black poet. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Cave Canem, Poetry Prize, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 858-0000.
www.cavecanempoets.org

Center for Literary Publishing
Colorado Prize for Poetry
Kate Bolton Bonnici of Los Angeles won the 26th annual Colorado Prize for Poetry for Night Burial. She received $2,000, and her book will be published in November by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. Kiki Petrosino judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is January 14.
Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado Prize for Poetry, Colorado State University, 9105 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G’Schwind, Director.
coloradoprize.colostate.edu

Conduit Books & Ephemera
Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize
Suphil Lee Park of North Bergen, New Jersey, won the 2020 Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize for Present Tense Complex. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Conduit Books & Ephemera. Bob Hicok judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection. The next deadline is June 30.
Conduit Books & Ephemera, Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize, 788 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. William Waltz, Editor. 
www.conduit.org

Dayton Literary Peace Foundation
Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
Poet and fiction and nonfiction writer Margaret Atwood of Toronto won the 2020 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. She will receive $10,000. The annual award honors an author whose complete body of work reflects the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s mission to “foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” There is no application process.
Dayton Literary Peace Foundation, P.O. Box 461, Wright Brothers Branch, Dayton, OH 45409. (937) 298-5072. Sharon Rab, Chair.
sharon.rab@daytonliterarypeaceprize.org
www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org

DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest
Lytton Smith of Rochester, New York, won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest for The Square. He received $1,000, and his chapbook was published by New Michigan Press in January. Ander Monson judged. The annual award is given for a chapbook. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
DIAGRAM, Chapbook Contest, University of Arizona, English Department, P.O. Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721. Ander Monson, Editor.
editor@thediagram.com
www.thediagram.com/contest.html

French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes
Alyson Waters of New York City won the 33rd annual Translation Prize in fiction for her translation of Jean Giono’s novel A King Alone (New York Review Books). She received $10,000. Jacob Levi of New York City and Michael Loriaux of Evanston, Illinois, won the prize in nonfiction for their translation of Marc Crépon’s book Murderous Consent: On the Accommodation of Violent Death (Fordham University Press). They each received $5,000. The annual awards are given for books of fiction and nonfiction translated from French into English and published during the previous year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
French-American Foundation, Translation Prizes, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 902, New York, NY 10036. (646) 588-6782. Katie DeMallie, Programs and Operations Director.
kdemallie@frenchamerican.org
frenchamerican.org/initiatives/translation-prize

Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes
Don Colburn of Portland, Oregon, won the 2020 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize for “The Thing About Perfection,” Barbara Cameron of Los Angeles won the 2020 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize for “White Box,” and Wendy Fontaine of Valencia, California, won the 2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize for “An Embarrassment of Riches.” They each received $1,000, and their winning pieces were published on Hunger Mountain’s website. Vievee Francis judged in poetry, Claire Vaye Watkins judged in fiction, and Robin Black judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a poem or group of poems, a story, and an essay. (See Deadlines.)
Hunger Mountain, Literary Prizes, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
hungermtn@vcfa.edu
www.hungermtn.org

James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
Morgan M. X. Schultz of Wilmington, North Carolina, won the 29th annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship for his manuscript “Good Morning, Dr. Du Bois.” He received $10,000. The runner-up was Jessie Roy of Chicago for her manuscript “Brides.” She received $1,000. Laurie Loewenstein, Nancy McKinley, and Barbara Taylor judged. The annual award is given for a novel-in-progress that honors “the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into cultural and social issues exemplified by the late James Jones.” (See Deadlines.)
James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Wilkes University, Creative Writing Program, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766.
jamesjonesfirstnovel@wilkes.edu
www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Prizes
Raven Leilani and Mychal Denzel Smith, both of New York City, won the 2020 Kirkus Prizes. Leilani won in fiction for her novel, Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Smith won in nonfiction for his nonfiction book Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream (Bold Type Books). They each received $50,000. Chang-rae Lee, Veronica Santiago Liu, and Amy Reiter judged in fiction, and Nick Buzanski, Kiese Laymon, and Erika Rohrbach judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction that were published in the previous year and received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews. There is no application process.
Kirkus Reviews, 65 West 36th Street, Suite 700, New York, NY 10018.
kirkusreviews.com/prize

Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest
James Fujita of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, won the 2020 Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest for “She’s Still Here.” He received $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website. Carol Itatani, Brian Niiya, and Amy Uyematsu judged. The annual award is given for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. (See Deadlines.)
Little Tokyo Historical Society, Short Story Contest, 319 East Second Street #203, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
imaginelittletokyo@gmail.com
www.littletokyohs.org

Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
Mark Neely of Muncie, Indiana, won the 2020 Idaho Prize for Poetry for Ticker. He received $1,000, and his collection will be published by Lost Horse Press in the spring. Jackson Holbert judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is May 15.
Lost Horse Press, Idaho Prize for Poetry, 105 Lost Horse Lane, Sandpoint, ID 83864.
www.losthorsepress.org

MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Fellowships
Poet and nonfiction writer Fred Moten of New York City, fiction writers N. K. Jemisin and Jacqueline Woodson, both of New York City, fiction and nonfiction writer Cristina Rivera Garza of Houston, and nonfiction writer Tressie McMillan Cottom of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, won 2020 MacArthur Fellowships. Moten, whose most recent book is the essay collection All That Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019); Jemisin, whose most recent book is the novel The City We Became (Orbit, 2020); Woodson, whose most recent book for adults is the novel Red at the Bone (Riverhead Books, 2019); Rivera Garza, whose most recent book is the nonfiction book Autobiografía del algodón (Literatura Random House, 2020); and McMillan Cottom, whose most recent book is the collection Thick: And Other Essays (New Press, 2019) will each receive $625,000 over five years. The annual fellowships are given in a variety of fields to “enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.” There is no application process.
MacArthur Foundation, Office of Grants Management, 140 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603. (312) 726-8000.
4answers@macfound.org
www.macfound.org

Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award
Bill Glose of Yorktown, Virginia, won the 2020 Poetry Book Award for Postscript to War. He received $1,200, publication of his book by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Main Street Rag, Poetry Book Award, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227. (704) 573-2516. M. Scott Douglass, Publisher.
editor@mainstreetrag.com
www.mainstreetrag.com

Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Poets Richard Boada and James Dickson, both of Jackson, and Catherine Pierce of Starkville; fiction writers Beth Ann Fennelly and Mary Miller, both of Oxford; and Richelle Putnam of Meridian each received a $3,700 Literary Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. The fellowships are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The next round of fellowships will be awarded to creative nonfiction writers. (See Deadlines.)
Mississippi Arts Commission, Literary Artist Fellowships, 501 North West Street, Woolfolk Building, Suite 1101A, Jackson, MS 39201. (601) 359-6075 Kristen Brandt, Contact.
kbrandt@arts.ms.gov
arts.ms.gov/grants/grants-for-individuals/artist-fellowships

Mudfish
Mudfish Poetry Prize
Mark Schimmoeller of Frankfort, Kentucky, won the 2020 Mudfish Poetry Prize for “Benediction.” He received $1,200, and his poem will be published in Mudfish. Erica Jong judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Mudfish, Mudfish Poetry Prize, 184 Franklin Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10013. Jill Hoffman, Editor.
www.mudfish.org

Munster Literature Center
Frank OConnor International Short Story Fellowship
Alannah Hopkin of Cork, Ireland, received the 2020 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. She received a three-month residency in Cork which includes a €3,000 (approximately $3,775) monthly stipend. Hopkin will also teach workshops and give readings at the Cork International Short Story Festival and the University College in Cork, and will mentor two emerging Cork writers. The annual fellowship is typically given to a short story writer from outside Ireland who has published at least two full-length books of fiction; this year the award was given to a writer living within commuting distance of Cork City in light of the pandemic. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Munster Literature Center, Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship, Frank O’Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland T12 X802.
info@munsterlit.ie
www.munsterlit.ie

Narrative
Narrative Prize
Gbenga Adesina of New York City won the 2020 Narrative Prize for his poem “Across the Sea: A Sequence.” He received $4,000. The annual award is given for a poem or group of poems, a short story, a novel excerpt, or a work of creative nonfiction published in Narrative during the previous year. The next deadline is June 15.
Poetry Contest
Keith S. Wilson of Chicago won the 12th annual Poetry Contest for “Muse” and other poems. He received $1,500 and publication in Narrative. The annual award is given for a poem or group of poems. The next deadline is July 20.
Narrative, 2443 Fillmore Street, #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.
www.narrativemagazine.com

National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Don Mee Choi of Seattle won the 2020 National Book Award in poetry for DMZ Colony (Wave Books). The finalists in poetry were Mei-mei Berssenbrugge of northern New Mexico and New York City for A Treatise on Stars (New Directions), Tommye Blount of Novi, Michigan, for Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books), Anthony Cody of Fresno, California, for Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn Publishing), and Natalie Diaz of Mohave Valley, Arizona, for Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press). Charles Yu of Irvine, California, won the 2020 National Book Award in fiction for Interior Chinatown (Pantheon Books). The finalists in fiction were Rumaan Alam of New York City for Leave the World Behind (Ecco), Lydia Millet of Tucson for A Children’s Bible (Norton), Deesha Philyaw of Pittsburgh for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press), and Douglas Stuart of New York City for Shuggie Bain (Grove Press). Tamara Payne of New York City and the late Les Payne won the 2020 National Book Award in nonfiction for The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (Liveright). The finalists in nonfiction were Karla Cornejo Villavicencio of New Haven, Connecticut, for The Undocumented Americans (One World), Claudio Saunt of Athens, Georgia, for Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (Norton), Jenn Shapland of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House), and Jerald Walker of Boston for How to Make a Slave and Other Essays (Mad Creek Books). Kacen Callender of Philadelphia won the 2020 National Book Award in young people’s literature for King and the Dragonflies (Scholastic Press). The finalists in young people’s literature were Traci Chee of San Francisco for We Are Not Free (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Candice Iloh of Philadelphia for Every Body Looking (Dutton Books for Young Readers); Victoria Jamieson of Easton, Pennsylvania, and Omar Mohamed of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for When Stars Are Scattered (Dial Books for Young Readers); and Gavriel Savit of Springfield, Illinois, for The Way Back (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Yu Miri of Minamisoma, Japan, won the 2020 National Book Award in translated literature for Tokyo Ueno Station (Riverhead Books), translated from the Japanese by Morgan Giles of London. The finalists in translated literature were Anja Kampmann of Leipzig, Germany, for High as the Waters Rise (Catapult), translated from the German by Anne Posten of Berlin; Jonas Hassen Khemiri of Stockholm for The Family Clause (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies of London; Pilar Quintana of Bogotá for The Bitch (World Editions), translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman of Decatur, Georgia; and Adania Shibli of Berlin and Jerusalem for Minor Detail (New Directions), translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette of Philadelphia. Choi, Yu, Payne, and Callender each won $10,000; Miri and Giles each won $5,000. The finalists each received $1,000. The poetry judges were Rigoberto González, John Hennessy, Layli Long Soldier, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Elizabeth Willis; the fiction judges were Roxane Gay, Cristina Henríquez, Laird Hunt, Rebecca Makkai, and Keaton Patterson; the nonfiction judges were James Goodman, Yunte Huang, Hannah Oliver Depp, David Treuer, and Terry Tempest Williams; the young people’s literature judges were Randy Ribay, Neal Shusterman, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Joan Trygg, and Colleen AF Venable; and the translated literature judges were Heather Cleary, John Darnielle, Anne Ishii, Brad Johnson, and Dinaw Mengestu. The annual awards honor books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translated literature by U.S. writers published during the award year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
5 Under 35
Five fiction writers were selected as the National Book Foundation’s 2020 5 Under 35 honorees. They are K-Ming Chang of New York City for her novel, Bestiary (One World, 2020), selected by Justin Torres; Naima Coster of New York City for her novel, Halsey Street (Little A, 2018), selected by Tayari Jones; Raven Leilani of New York City for her novel, Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020), selected by Susan Choi; Fatima Farheen Mirza of New York City for her novel, A Place for Us (SJP for Hogarth, 2018), selected by Tommy Orange; and C Pam Zhang of San Francisco for her novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold (Riverhead Books, 2020), selected by Marlon James. They each received $1,000. The annual awards are given to writers under the age of 35 who have published their first book of fiction in the previous five years. There is no application process.
National Book Foundation, 90 Broad Street, Suite 604, New York, NY 10004. (212) 685-0261.
www.nationalbook.org

National Poetry Series
Open Competition
Five poets won the 2020 National Poetry Series Open Competition. They are W. J. Herbert of Portland, Maine, and Kingston, New York, for Dear Specimen, selected by Kwame Dawes and to be published by Beacon Press; Trevor Ketner of New York City for [WHITE], selected by Forrest Gander and to be published by University of Georgia Press; Teresa K. Miller of Portland, Oregon, for Borderline Fortune, selected by Carol Muske-Dukes and to be published by Penguin Books; Amanda Moore of San Francisco for Requeening, selected by Ocean Vuong and to be published by Ecco; and Devon Walker-Figueroa of New York City for Philomath, selected by Sally Keith and to be published by Milkweed Editions. They each received $10,000. The annual awards are given for poetry collections by U.S. poets, whose winning books are published by participating trade, university, and small press publishers. (See Deadlines.)
National Poetry Series, Open Competition, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.
www.nationalpoetryseries.org

New American Press
Poetry Prize
Janine Certo of East Lansing, Michigan, won both the 2020 New American Poetry Prize from New American Press and the 2020 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize from Bordighera Press for Elixir. She received $1,200, and her book will be copublished by New American Press and Bordighera Press in the fall. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
New American Press, Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 1094, Grafton, WI 53024. David Bowen, Editorial Director.
david@newamericanpress.com
www.newamericanpress.com/contests

New Letters
Literary Awards
Mark Wagenaar of Valparaiso, Indiana, won the 2020 Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry for “Late Song.” Jacob R. Weber of Laurel, Maryland, won the 2020 Robert Day Award for Fiction for “Lobu Hoteru.” Rebecca Young of Leadville, Colorado, won the 2020 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction for “Joan.” They each received $2,500 and will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of New Letters. Brian Teare judged in poetry, Alexia Arthurs judged in fiction, and Heather Sellers judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a poem or group of poems, a story, and an essay. The next deadline is May 18.
New Letters, Literary Awards, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. (816) 235-1169. Ashley Wann, Managing Editor.
newletters@umkc.edu
www.newletters.org

Ploughshares
Emerging Writer’s Contest
Mariya Zilberman of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won the 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest in poetry for “Against Temporality.” Sofia Puente-Lay of Washington, D.C., won the 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest in fiction for “Vigil.” Jeremiah Barker of Chicago won the 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest in nonfiction for “Bearing.” They each received $2,000, publication of their work in the Winter 2020–2021 issue of Ploughshares, and a consultation with literary agency Aevitas Creative Management. Ilya Kaminsky judged in poetry, Kirstin Valdez Quade judged in fiction, and Esmé Weijun Wang judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The next deadline is May 15.
Ploughshares, Emerging Writer’s Contest, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. (617) 824-3757. Ellen Duffer, Managing Editor.
pshares@pshares.org
www.pshares.org

Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships
Margaret Ray of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Ethan Stebbins of Woolwich, Michigan, won the 2020 Chapbook Fellowships. Ray won for Superstitions of the Mid-Atlantic, chosen by Jericho Brown; Stebbins won for Dear God, chosen by Kim Addonizio. Emily Lee Luan of New York City and Nathan Xavier Osorio of Marina, California, won the 2020 Chapbook Fellowships 30 and Under. Luan won for I Watch the Boughs, chosen by Gabrielle Calvocoressi; Osorio won for the Last Town Before the Mojave, chosen by Oliver de la Paz. The winners each received $1,000, and their winning chapbooks will be published by the Poetry Society of America in 2021. The annual awards are given for poetry chapbooks. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Poetry Society of America, Chapbook Fellowships, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. (212) 254-9628.
poetrysociety.org

Princess of Asturias Foundation
Award for Literature
Poet and translator Anne Carson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. Carson, whose most recent book is Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (New Directions, 2020), received €50,000 (approximately $58,500). A jury appointed by the Princess of Asturias Foundation judged. The annual award is given to a writer who is “fostering and advancing literary creation in all its genres.” There is no application process.
Princess of Asturias Foundation, General Yagüe, 2, 33004 Oviedo, Principality of Asturias, Spain.
www.fpa.es/en/princess-of-asturias-awards

Rattle
Poetry Prize
Alison Townsend of Stoughton, Wisconsin, won the 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize for “Pantoum From the Window of the Room Where I Write.” She received $15,000 and publication of her poem in Issue 70 of Rattle. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is July 15.
Rattle, Poetry Prize, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.
(818) 505-6777. Timothy Green, Editor.
tim@rattle.com
www.rattle.com

Red Hen Press
Women’s Prose Prize
Coco Picard of Santa Fe, New Mexico, won the 2020 Women’s Prose Prize for The Healing Circle. She received $1,000, and her story collection will be published by Red Hen Press in fall 2022. Martha Cooley judged. The annual award is given for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. (See Deadlines.)
Red Hen Press, Women’s Prose Prize, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. (626) 406-1203. Rebeccah Sanhueza, Editorial Assistant.
editorial@redhen.org
www.redhen.org

Regal House Publishing
Terry J. Cox Poetry Award
Rebecca Baggett of Athens, Georgia, won the Terry J. Cox Poetry Award for The Woman Who Lives Without Money. She received $1,000, and her poetry collection will be published by Regal House Publishing in spring 2022. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Regal House Publishing, Terry J. Cox Poetry Award, 806 Oberlin Road, #12094, Raleigh, NC 27605. Jaynie Royal, Editor in Chief.
regalhousepublishing.com

Ruminate
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize
Laura Budofsky Wisniewski of Hinesburg, Vermont, won the 2020 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize for “The Difference Between a Year and a Lifetime.” She received $1,500 and publication of her poem in Issue 57 of Ruminate. Katie Peterson judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is May 1.
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize
Leigh Claire Schmidli of Lexington, Kentucky, won the 2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize for “Little to Do With Rain.” She received $1,500 and publication of in Issue 56 of Ruminate. Wendy J. Fox judged. The annual award is given for a work of short fiction. (See Deadlines.)
Vandermey Nonfiction Prize
Jasmine V. Bailey of Gloucester, Massachusetts, won the 2020 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize for “Destiny of Cumin.” She received $1,500 and publication of her essay in Issue 54 of Ruminate. Brianna Van Dyke judged. The annual award is given for a work of creative nonfiction. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Ruminate, P.O. Box 680, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Rachel King, Editor.
www.ruminatemagazine.org

Salamander
Fiction Prize
Jinwoo Chong of New York City won the 2020 Salamander Fiction Prize for “The Lesser Light of Dying Stars.” He received $1,000, and his story will be published in Salamander. Elliot Ackerman judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is June 1.
Salamander, Fiction Prize, Suffolk University, English Department, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108. Katie Sticca, Managing Editor.
salamandermag.org/contests

Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize
Matt Donovan of Amherst, Massachusetts, won the 2020 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize for “The Etymology of Gazebo.” He received $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review. He also read with contest judge Paisley Rekdal in a virtual reading hosted by Auburn University. The annual award is given for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The next deadline is May 1.
Southern Humanities Review, Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, Auburn University, 9088 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849. (334) 844-9088.
shr@auburn.edu
www.southernhumanitiesreview.com

Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize
Erin Rodoni of San Rafael, California, won the 2020 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for And If the Woods Carry You. She received $4,000, and her collection will be published in fall 2021 by Southern Indiana Review Press. Michael Waters judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Southern Indiana Review, Michael Waters Poetry Prize, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. (812) 228-5145. Ron Mitchell, Editor.
sir.contest@usi.edu
www.usi.edu/sir/awards-contests

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts
Philip Roth Residencies
Fiction writers Bonnie Chau of Irvine, California, and David Joseph of Tempe, Arizona, won the 2020–2021 Philip Roth Residencies in Creative Writing. They each received $5,000 and a residency of up to four months at the Poet’s Cottage of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University. The annual residencies are given to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. (See Deadlines.)
Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts, Philip Roth Residencies, Bucknell University, Bucknell Hall, 1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Andrew Ciotola, Program Manager.
ciotola@bucknell.edu
www.bucknell.edu/academics/beyond-classroom/academic-centers-institutes/stadler-center-poetry-literary-arts-3

Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
Ilya Kaminsky of Atlanta won the 23rd annual Levis Reading Prize for Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press, 2019). He received $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The annual award is given to honor a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Virginia Commonwealth University, Levis Reading Prize, English Department, 900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Colin Bailes, Contact.
levis@vcu.edu
english.vcu.edu/mfa/levis-reading-prize