January/February 2022 - Recent Winners

92Y Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery Poetry Contest
Four poets won the 2021 Discovery Poetry Contest. They are Kenzie Allen of Toronto, Ina Cariño of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mag Gabbert of Dallas, and Alexandra Zukerman of Tel Aviv. They each received $500, publication of their work in Paris Review Daily, and an invitation to give a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Timothy Donnelly and Julia Guez were the preliminary judges; Rick Barot, Mónica de la Torre, and Patricia Spears Jones 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
92y.org/poetry/discovery-contest.aspx

Academy of American Poets
Wallace Stevens Award
Toi Derricotte of Pittsburgh won the 2021 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
Camille T. Dungy of Fort Collins, Colorado, won the 2021 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
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers of Norman, Oklahoma, won the 2021 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan University Press, 2020). She received $25,000; a 10-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York; and distribution of her book to members of the Academy of American Poets. Cornelius Eady, Vievee Francis, and Elise Paschen 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 Fellowship
Paula Bohince
of Pittsburgh won the 2021 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship. She received $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome. Moira Egan, Rebecca Falkoff, and Graziella Sidoli judged. The fellowship is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry translated into English. The next deadline is February 15, 2023.
James Laughlin Award
James Cagney of Oakland won the 2021 James Laughlin Award for Martian (Nomadic Press, 2022). He received $5,000, a weeklong residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of his book to members of the Academy of American Poets. Mark Bibbins, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Ladan Osman 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
Maria Dahvana Headley of New York City won the 2021 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for her translation from the old English of Beowulf (FSG Originals, 2020). She received $1,000. Indran Amirthanayagam 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. Nikay Paredes, Senior Programs Manager.
awards@poets.org
poets.org/academy-american-poets/american-poets-prizes

Airlie Press
Airlie Prize
Jaya Stenquist of Minneapolis won the 2021 Airlie Prize for Animal Afterlife. She received $1,000, and her 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 13325, Portland, OR 97213.
airliepress@gmail.com
airliepress.org

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
Meron Hadero of San Francisco won the 2021 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for “The Street Sweep.” She received £10,000 (approximately $13,794). The finalists were Doreen Baingana of Entebbe, Uganda, for “Lucky”; Rémy Ngamije of Windhoek, Namibia, for “The Giver of Nicknames”; Troy Onyango of Kisumu, Kenya, for “This Little Light of Mine”; and Iryn Tushabe of Regina, Canada, for “A Separation.” They each received £500 (approximately $690), and their stories will be published in the 2021 AKO Caine Prize anthology. Victor Ehikhamenor, Georgina Godwin, Razia Iqbal, Goretti Kyomuhendo, and Nicholas Makoha judged. The annual award is given for a published short story by a writer of African descent. (See Deadlines.)
AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, CAN Mezzanine Building, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR, England.
info@caineprize.com
caineprize.com

Arrowsmith Press
Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry

Canisia Lubrin of Whitby, Ontario, and Serhiy Zhadan of Kharkiv, Ukraine, both won the second annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. Lubrin won for her collection The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020), and Zhadan won for A New Orthography (Lost Horse Press, 2020), translated by John Hennessy of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Ostap Kin of New York City. They each received $1,000 and will participate in a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in May. Major Jackson judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection published in the previous year that is written in, or translated into, English by an author who is not a citizen of the United States. (See Deadlines.)
Arrowsmith Press, Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, 11 Chestnut Street, Medford, MA 02155.
arrowsmithpress@gmail.com
arrowsmithpress.com/walcott

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series
Four writers won the 2021 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series prizes. Paul Hlava Ceballos of Seattle won the $5,500 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. His collection, banana [ ], selected by Ilya Kaminsky, will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Daphne Kalotay of Somerville, Massachusetts, won the $5,500 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her collection Vertigo and Other Stories, selected by Rebecca Makkai, will be published by a press to be determined. Elizabeth Shick of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, won the $2,500 AWP Prize for the Novel. Her novel, The Golden Land, selected by Sabina Murray, will be published by New Issues Press. Anne-Marie Oomen of Empire, Michigan, won the $2,500 Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Her essay collection As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 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.
awpwriter.org/contests

Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize in Poetry
Laura Bylenok of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the 2021 Backwaters Prize in Poetry for Living Room. She received $2,000, and her book will be published by Backwaters Press in the fall. Sophie Klahr of Carrboro, North Carolina, received an honorable mention for Two Open Doors in a Field. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Backwaters Press in spring 2023. Huascar Medina judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is May 1.
Backwaters Press, Backwaters Prize in Poetry, University of Nebraska Press, 1225 L Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68588.
nebraskapress.unl.edu/the-backwaters-press

Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize
Richard Smith of Washington, D.C., won the 2021 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize for Not a Soul but Us. He will receive $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing in the spring, and 50 author copies. Meg Kearney judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is June 30.
Monadnock Essay Collection Prize
Phillip Hurst of Portland, Oregon, won the 2021 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize for Whiskey Boys and Other Meditations From the Abyss at the End of Youth. He received $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing in fall 2021, and 50 author copies. Steven Harvey 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.
bauhanpublishing.com/contests

Beloit Poetry Journal
Chad Walsh Chapbook Series
Katie Farris of Atlanta won the 2021 Chad Walsh Chapbook Series for A Net to Catch My Body in Its Weaving. She received $2,500, 50 author copies, and publication of her chapbook by Beloit Poetry Journal. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Beloit Poetry Journal, Chad Walsh Chapbook Series, P.O. Box 1450, Windham, ME 04062. Aumaine Rose Smith, Operations Manager.
bpj@bpj.org
bpj.org/submit/chad-walsh-chapbook-series-guidelines

Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Award
Andrea Moorhead of Greenfield, Massachusetts, won the 2021 Library of Poetry Award for Tracing the Distance. She received $1,500, 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.
bitteroleander.com/contest.html

Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize
Jill Stukenberg of Wausau, Wisconsin, won the 2021 Big Moose Prize for News of the Air. 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
blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize

Booker Prize for Fiction
Damon Galgut
of Cape Town won the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction for The Promise (Chatto & Windus). He received £50,000 (approximately $68,971). The finalists were Anuk Arudpragasam of India and Colombo for A Passage North (Granta Books), Patricia Lockwood of Savannah for No One Is Talking About This (Bloomsbury Circus), Nadifa Mohamed of London for The Fortune Men (Viking), Richard Powers of Townsend, Tennessee, for Bewilderment (Hutchinson Heinemann), and Maggie Shipstead of Los Angeles for Great Circle (Transworld). The finalists, including the winner, each received £2,500 (approximately $3,449). Horatia Harrod, Maya Jasanoff, Natascha McElhone, Chigozie Obioma, and Rowan Williams 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 and Ireland. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Booker Prize Foundation, Booker Prize for Fiction, First Floor 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE, England.
thebookerprizes.com

Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Seth Bockley of Saint Paul and Chicago won the 2020 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers for “Repertorio.” He received $1,500, and his story was published in the Fall 2021 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. The next deadline is December 31, 2022.
Boulevard, Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers, 3829 Hartford Street, Saint Louis, MO 63116. Jessica Rogen, Editor.
boulevardmagazine.org

Cave Canem Foundation
Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Courtney Faye Taylor of Kansas City, Missouri, won the 2021 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Concentrate. She will receive $1,000, and her book will be published by Graywolf Press in the fall. Rachel Eliza Griffiths 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 Foundation, Cave Canem Poetry Prize, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 858-0000.
cavecanempoets.org

Conduit Books & Ephemera
Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize
Rachel Abramowitz of Santa Monica, California, won the 2021 Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize for The Birthday of the Dead. She received $1,500, 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 July 4.
Conduit Books & Ephemera, Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize, 788 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. William Waltz, Editor. 
conduit.org

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards
Alexander Starritt
of London won the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction for his novel We Germans (Little, Brown). Ariana Neumann of London won in nonfiction for her book, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains (Simon & Schuster). They each received $10,000. Nguyên Phan Quê Mai of Bishkek won the runner-up prize in fiction for her novel The Mountains Sing (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), and Jordan Ritter Conn of Nashville won the runner-up prize in nonfiction for his book, The Road From Raqqa: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders and Belonging (Ballantine Books). They each received $5,000. Richard Bausch and Diane Roberts judged in fiction; Garnette Cadogan and Anne Fadiman judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given to honor books published in the previous year that “foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 461, Wright Brothers Branch, Dayton, OH 45409. (937) 298-5072. Sharon Rab, Founder and President.
sharon.rab@daytonliterarypeaceprize.org
daytonliterarypeaceprize.org

French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes
Chris Andrews of Sydney, Australia, won the 34th annual Translation Prize in fiction for his translation of Kaouther Adimi’s novel Our Riches (New Directions). He received $10,000. Hoyt Rogers of Greer, South Carolina, won the prize in nonfiction for his translation of Yves Bonnefoy’s book Rome, 1630: The Horizon of the Early Baroque, Followed by Five Essays on Seventeenth-Century Art (Seagull Books). He received $10,000. The annual awards are given for books of fiction and nonfiction translated from French into English and published during the previous year. The next deadline is January 23, 2023.
French-American Foundation, Translation Prizes, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 812, New York, NY 10036. (201) 317-7114. Katie DeMallie, Programs and Operations Director.
kdemallie@frenchamerican.org
frenchamerican.org/initiatives/translation-prize

Gemini Magazine
Poetry Open
James Henry Zukin of Los Angeles won the 2021 Poetry Open for “Gimp Boy and I.” He received $1,000, and his poem was published in the August 2021 issue of Gemini Magazine. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is January 3, 2023.
Gemini Magazine, Poetry Open, P.O. Box 1485, Onset, MA 02558. (339) 309-9757. David Bright, Editor. 
editor@gemini-magazine.com
gemini-magazine.com

Ghost Story
Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition
Mona Susan Power
of Saint Paul won the 2021 Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition for her story “Straw Dogs.” She received $1,000, and her story was published on the Ghost Story website and in the print anthology 21st Century Ghost Stories—Volume II. The editors judged. The award is given twice yearly for a flash fiction piece with a supernatural or magic realism theme. (See Deadlines.) 
Ghost Story, Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition, P.O. Box 601, Union, ME 04862. Paul Guernsey, Editor.
theghoststory.com/flash-fiction-competition

Hippocrates Prize  
Prizes for Poetry and Medicine  
Fran Castan of Greenport, New York, won the 2021 Hippocrates Open Award for “Voice Mail,” and Sophia Wilson of Dunedin, New Zealand, won the 2021 Hippocrates Health Professional Award for “The Body Library.” They both received £1,000 (approximately $1,379) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and as a video recording on the website. Anne Barnard, Keki Daruwalla, Anna Jackson, and Neena Modi judged. The annual awards are given for a single poem on a medical theme and for a single poem on a medical theme written by a health professional. (See Deadlines.)
Hippocrates Prize, Prizes for Poetry and Medicine, 37 Newbold Terrace East, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4EY, England.
hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com
hippocrates-poetry.org

Indiana Review
Blue Lights Book Prize
Rochelle Hurt of Orlando, Florida, won the 2021 Blue Light Books Prize for her poetry collection The J Girls: A Reality Show. She received $2,000, and her book will be published by Indiana University Press in 2022. Nandi Comer judged. The annual award is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The contest will be on hiatus indefinitely.
Poetry Prize
Sarah Burke of Pittsburgh won the 2021 Poetry Prize for “What Happens Next.” She received $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2021 issue of Indiana Review. Zeina Hashem Beck judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is March 31.
Fiction Prize
Creative Nonfiction Prize
Caitlin McGill of Lynn, Massachusetts, won the 2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize for “On Desire.” She received $1,000 and publication in the Summer 2021 issue of Indiana Review. Bassey Ikpi judged. The annual award is given for an essay. The next deadline is October 31.
Indiana Review, Indiana University, English Department, Ballantine Hall 554, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405.
inreview@indiana.edu
indianareview.org/prizes

James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
Rose Whitmore of San Leandro, California, won the 30th annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship for her manuscript “Feats of Strength in the Time of Hoxha.” She received $10,000. The two runners-up were Alice Kim Hawari of Culver City, California, for “History of Paradise” and Michael Hawley of New York City for “Galla Placidia.” They each received $1,000. Laurie Loewenstein, Nancy McKinley, and Morowa Yejide 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
wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-programs/creative-writing-ma-mfa/james-jones-fellowship-contest.aspx

Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award
Dennis Vanderspek of Millbrook, Ontario, won the 2021 Kenneth Patchen Award for his novel, A Is for Everyone. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Journal of Experimental Fiction. Derek Pell judged. The annual award is given for an innovative novel. The next deadline is August 31.
Journal of Experimental Fiction, Kenneth Patchen Award, P.O. Box 6281, Aurora, IL 60598. Eckhard Gerdes, Contact.
egerdes@experimentalfiction.com
experimentalfiction.com

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Prizes
Brian Broome of Pittsburgh and Joy Williams of Tucson and Laramie, Wyoming, won the 2021 Kirkus Prizes. Williams won in fiction for her novel Harrow (Knopf), and Broome won in nonfiction for his memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods (Mariner Books). They each received $50,000. Rumaan Alam, Elsbeth Lindner, and Ikwo Ntekim judged in fiction, and Karen Maeda Allman, Masha Gessen, and Margaret Quamme 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, Kirkus Prizes, 65 West 36th Street, Suite 700, New York, NY 10018.
kirkusreviews.com/prize

Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest
Jacob Laux of Los Angeles won the 2021 Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest for “If You Can See the Watchtower.” He received $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website. Susie Ling, Gwen Muranaka, and Tim Toyama 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
littletokyohs.org

Los Angeles Times
Christopher Isherwood Prize
Andrew O’Hagan of London won the 2020 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose for Mayflies (Faber & Faber). He received $10,000. Isabel Fonseca, Domingo Martinez, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, and Diana Wagman, judged. The annual award is given for a book of autobiographical prose published in the previous year. There is no application process.
Robert Kirsch Award
Leslie Marmon Silko of Tucson, Arizona, won the 2020 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Marmon Silko, whose most recent book is the novella Oceanstory (Odyssey Editions, 2011), received $1,000. The annual award is given to recognize an author “whose work focuses on the West and whose contributions to American letters deserve special recognition.” There is no application process.
Book Prizes
Victoria Chang
of Los Angeles won the 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for her collection Obit (Copper Canyon Press). David Diop of Pau, France, won the prize in fiction for his novel At Night All Blood Is Black (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis of New York City. Deesha Philyaw of Pittsburgh won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction for her story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press). Stephen Graham Jones of Boulder, Colorado, won the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction for his novel The Only Good Indians (Saga Press). Isabel Wilkerson of Washington, D.C., won the prize in current interest for her nonfiction book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House). Chang, Diop, Philyaw, and Wilkerson each received $500, and Jones received $2,500. Cyrus Cassells, Tyehimba Jess, and Adriana E. Ramírez judged in poetry; Melissa Chadburn, Jenny McPhee, and Rick Whitaker judged in both fiction and the Art Seidenbaum Award; Tananarive Due, Kelly Link, and Tim Pratt judged the Ray Bradbury Prize; and Bill Boyarsky, Celeste Fremon, and Sandy Banks judged in current interest. The annual awards are given for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. There is no application process. 
Los Angeles Times, 2300 East Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245. (800) 528-4637, ext. 75775. Ann Binney, Prize Administrator.
ann.binney@latimes.com
events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/bookprizes-2020

Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
Lisa Allen Ortiz of Bonny Doon, California, won the 2021 Idaho Prize for Poetry for STEM. She received $1,000, and her collection will be published by Lost Horse Press in the spring. Ilya Kaminsky 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.
losthorsepress.org

MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Fellowships
Poets Reginald Dwayne Betts of New Haven, Connecticut, and Don Mee Choi of Seattle; poet and nonfiction writer Hanif Abdurraqib of Columbus, Ohio; fiction and nonfiction writer Daniel Alarcón of New York City; and nonfiction writer Ibram X. Kendi of Boston won 2021 MacArthur Fellowships. Betts, whose most recent book is the poetry collection Felon (Norton, 2019); Choi, whose most recent book is the poetry collection DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020); Abdurraqib, whose most recent book is the nonfiction book A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House, 2021); Alarcón, whose most recent book is the story collection The King Is Always Above the People (Riverhead Books, 2017); and Kendi, whose most recent book for adults is the nonfiction book How to Be an Antiracist (One World, 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
macfound.org

Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships
Nonfiction writers Corey Ginsberg of Petal and William Browning of Ellisville each received a $5,000 Literary Arts 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 poets and fiction 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

Munster Literature Center
Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship
Tina Pisco
of West Cork, Ireland, received the 2021 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship. She received a four-month residency in Cork, which includes a €2,000 (approximately $2,328) monthly stipend. Pisco will also teach a workshop and deliver four monthly seminars at Cork City Library. 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, in light of the pandemic, the award was given to a writer living within commuting distance of Cork City. 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
munsterlit.ie

Narrative
Narrative Prize
Morgan Talty of Levant, Maine, and Tryphena L. Yeboah of Lincoln, Nebraska, both won the 2021 Narrative Prize. Talty won for his stories “Food for the Common Cold” and “The Gambler.” Yeboah won for her story “If the Body Makes a Sound” and her essay “The Ravages of an Unloved Life.” They both 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
Madeleine Cravens of New York City won the 13th annual Poetry Contest for “Saint Markella’s Cathedral” and other poems. She 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.
narrativemagazine.com

National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Martín Espada
of Amherst, Massachusetts, won the 2021 National Book Award in poetry for Floaters (Norton). The finalists in poetry were Desiree C. Bailey of Trinidad and Tobago and New York City for What Noise Against the Cane (Yale University Press), Douglas Kearney of Saint Paul for Sho (Wave Books), Hoa Nguyen of Toronto for A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure (Wave Books), and Jackie Wang of Los Angeles for The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us From the Void (Nightboat Books). Jason Mott of Bolton, North Carolina, won the 2021 National Book Award in fiction for Hell of a Book (Dutton). The finalists in fiction were Anthony Doerr of Boise, Idaho, for Cloud Cuckoo Land (Scribner), Lauren Groff of Gainesville, Florida, for Matrix (Riverhead Books), Laird Hunt of Providence for Zorrie (Bloomsbury Publishing), and Robert Jones Jr. of New York City for The Prophets (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). Tiya Miles of Cambridge, Massachusetts, won the 2021 National Book Award in nonfiction for All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Random House). The finalists in nonfiction were Hanif Abdurraqib of Columbus, Ohio, for A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House), Lucas Bessire of Norman, Oklahoma, for Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains (Princeton University Press), Grace M. Cho of New York City for Tastes Like Water (Feminist Press), and Nicole Eustace of Mamaroneck, New York, for Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Liveright). Malinda Lo of Arlington, Massachusetts, won the 2021 National Book Award in young people’s literature for Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Dutton Books for Young Readers). The finalists in young people’s literature were Shing Yin Khor of Los Angeles for The Legend of Auntie Po (Kokila), Kyle Lukoff of New York City for Too Bright to See (Dial Books for Young Readers), Kekla Magoon of Montpelier, Vermont, for Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People (Candlewick Press), and Amber McBride of Charlottesville, Virginia, for Me (Moth) (Feiwel and Friends). Elisa Shua Dusapin of Porrentruy, Switzerland, won the 2021 National Book Award in translated literature for Winter in Sokcho (Open Letter), translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins of London. The finalists in translated literature were Ge Fei of Beijing for Peach Blossom Paradise (New York Review Books), translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse of Cambridge; Nona Fernández of Santiago for The Twilight Zone (Graywolf Press), translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer of New York City; Benjamín Labatut of Santiago for When We Cease to Understand the World (New York Review Books), translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West of Barcelona; and Samar Yazbek of Paris for Planet of Clay (World Editions), translated from the Arabic by Leri Price of Chester, England. Espada, Mott, Miles, and Lo each won $10,000; Dusapin and Higgins each won $5,000. The finalists each received $1,000. The poetry judges were Don Mee Choi, Natalie Diaz, Matthea Harvey, A. Van Jordan, and Ilya Kaminsky; the fiction judges were Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Charles Yu; the nonfiction judges were Eula Biss, Aaron John Curtis, Nell Painter, Kate Tuttle, and Jerald Walker; the young people’s literature judges were Pablo Cartaya, Traci Chee, Leslie Connor, Cathryn Mercier, and Ibi Aanu Zoboi; and the translated literature judges were Jessie Chaffee, Sergio de la Pava, Madhu H. Kaza, Achy Obejas, and Stephen Snyder. The annual awards honor books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, young people’s literature, and translated literature published in the U.S. 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 2021 5 Under 35 honorees. They are Caleb Azumah Nelson of London for his novel, Open Water (Black Cat, 2021), selected by Brit Bennett; Nathan Harris of Austin, Texas, for his novel, The Sweetness of Water (Little, Brown, 2021), selected by Charmaine Craig; Lee Lai of Tio’tia:ke for her graphic novel, Stone Fruit (Fantagraphics, 2021), selected by Bryan Washington; Claire Luchette of Madison, Wisconsin, for their novel, Agatha of Little Neon (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021), selected by Elizabeth McCracken; and Dantiel W. Moniz of Madison, Wisconsin, for her story collection, Milk Blood Heat (Grove, 2021), selected by Rumaan Alam. 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.
nationalbook.org

National Poetry Series  
Open Competition

Five poets won the 2021 National Poetry Series Open Competition. They are Su Cho of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for Symmetry of Fish, selected by Paige Lewis and to be published by Penguin Books; Kien Lam of Los Angeles for Extinction Theory, selected by Kyle Dargan and to be published by University of Georgia Press; Shelley Puhak of Baltimore for Harbinger, selected by Nicole Sealey and to be published by Ecco; Alexandra Lytton Regalado of Miami for Relinquenda, selected by Reginald Dwayne Betts and to be published by Beacon Press; and No’u Revilla of Waikıkı, Hawai’i, for Ask the Brindled_Indigiqueer Poetry From Hawai’i, selected by Rick Barot and to be published by Milkweed Editions. They each received $10,000. The annual awards are given for poetry collections by U.S. poets. (See Deadlines.)
National Poetry Series, Open Competition, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.
nationalpoetryseries.org

New Letters
Literary Awards
R.J. Lambert of Charleston, South Carolina, won the 2021 Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry for “Habits of Creature.” Richard Hermes of Dallas won the 2021 Robert Day Award for Fiction for “Here, Where We Can Be Honest.” Rachel Coonce of Hyattsville, Maryland, won the 2021 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction for “Will I Bounce?” They each received $2,500 and will be published in the Winter/Spring 2022 issue of New Letters. Kaveh Akbar judged in poetry, Emily Nemens judged in fiction, and Paul Lisicky 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 22.
New Letters, Literary Awards, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. (816) 235-1169. Ashley Wann, Managing Editor.
newletters@umkc.edu
newletters.org

North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize
Kirsten Abel of Seattle won the 2021 James Hearst Poetry Prize for “Geneva Avenue.” She received $1,000, and her poem was published in the Spring 2021 issue of North American Review. Maggie Smith judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is November 1.
North American Review, James Hearst Poetry Prize, University of Northern Iowa, 1222 West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614. (319) 273-6455.
nar@uni.edu
northamericanreview.org

Passager Books
Poetry Prize
Gail DiMaggio of Concord, New Hampshire, won the 2021 Passager Poetry Prize for a group of poems. She received $1,000 and her poems were published in Issue 71 of Passager. The annual award is given for five poems by a writer over 50. The next deadline is April 15.
Passager Books, Poetry Prize, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208. (410) 205-9883. Rosanne Singer, Editorial Assistant.
editors@passagerbooks.com
passagerbooks.com

Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents
Kelle Schillaci Clarke
of Seattle won the 2021–2022 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents for “Dear Barbie Arm on the Corner of Fifth and Market.” She received $1,000, publication of her story in Dreamers Creative Writing, and a year of mentorship. She was also invited to give a reading at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in New York City. The annual award is given for a short story by a writer with at least one child under the age of 10. The next deadline is April 17.
Pen Parentis, Writing Fellowship for New Parents, 176 Broadway, 14F, New York, NY 10038. (212) 501-2031.
info@penparentis.org
penparentis.org

Poetry Northwest
James Welch Prize
Kenzie Allen
of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Brendan Basham of the Navajo Nation won the inaugural James Welch Prize. Allen won for “Oskʌnu·tú” and Basham won for “Do Not Drink From the Tailing Pond.” They each received $1,000 and publication in Poetry Northwest. Allen also received an invitation to read at Hugo House in Seattle, and Basham received an invitation to read at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula. Board members from the Indigenous Nations Poets organization screened the entries, and Sherwin Bitsui served as the final judge. The annual award is given for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. (See Deadlines.)
Poetry Northwest, James Welch Prize, Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201. Keetje Kuipers, Editor.
editors@poetrynw.org
poetrynw.org/james-welch-prize

Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships
Lauren Green of Tenafly, New Jersey, and Yvette Siegert of Oxford, England, won the 2021 Chapbook Fellowships. Green won for A Great Dark House, chosen by Joshua Bennett; Siegert won for Atmospheric Ghost Lights, chosen by Monica Youn. The winners each received $1,000, and their winning chapbooks will be published by the Poetry Society of America in 2022. The annual awards are given for poetry chapbooks. The next submission period is October 1 to December 31, 2022.
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
Fiction and nonfiction writer Emmanuel Carrère of Paris won the 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. Carrère, whose most recent book is Yoga (Éditions P.O.L., 2020), received €50,000 (approximately $58,188). 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.
fpa.es/en/princess-of-asturias-awards

Rattle
Poetry Prize
Ann Giard-Chase of Peru, New York, won the 2021 Rattle Poetry Prize for “Encephalon.” She received $15,000 and publication of her poem in Issue 74 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
rattle.com

Regal House Publishing
Terry J. Cox Poetry Award
Sunu P. Chandy of Washington, D.C., won the 2021 Terry J. Cox Poetry Award for My Dear Comrades. She received $1,000, and her poetry collection will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2023. 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

River Styx
Microfiction Contest
Anna Svercl Hetzer of Saint Paul won the 2021 River Styx Microfiction Contest for “Consumption.” They received $1,000, and their flash fiction piece will be published in River Styx. The annual award is given for a flash fiction piece. The next deadline is December 31, 2022.
River Styx, Microfiction Contest, 3301 Washington Avenue, Suite 2C, St. Louis, MO 63103. Jason Lee Brown, Editor in Chief.
riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest

Ruminate
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize
Arah Ko of Hilo, Hawai’i, and Columbus, Ohio, won the 2021 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize for “Fish Eye.” She received $1,500 and publication of her poem in Issue 61 of Ruminate. Matthew Olzmann judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is May 1.
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize
Alex Cothren of Adelaide, Australia, won the 2021 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize for “The Florist.” He received $1,500 and publication of his story in Issue 60 of Ruminate. Kelli Jo Ford judged. The annual award is given for a work of short fiction. (See Deadlines.)
Vandermey Nonfiction Prize
Caroline Tracey of Mexico City won the 2021 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize for “The Ephemeral Forever.” She received $1,500. Jasmine V. Bailey judged. The annual award is given for a work of creative nonfiction. The next deadline is October 15.
Ruminate, P.O. Box 680, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Jess Jelsma Masterton, Editor.
ruminatemagazine.org

Salamander
Fiction Prize
Nicole Simonsen of Davis, California, won the 2021 Salamander Fiction Prize for “Lucky, Lucky, Lucky.” She received $1,000, and her story will be published in Salamander. Yiyun Lee 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
Elizabeth Aoki of Seattle won the 2021 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize for “Slouching like a velvet rope.” She received $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review. She also read with contest judge Jericho Brown in a 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 June 1.
Southern Humanities Review, Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, Auburn University, 9088 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849. (334) 844-9088.
shr@auburn.edu
southernhumanitiesreview.com

Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize
Bethany Schultz Hurst of Pocatello, Idaho, won the 2021 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for Blueprint and Ruin. She received $3,000, and her collection will be published in fall 2022 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
usi.edu/sir/awards-contests

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts  
Philip Roth Residencies
Fiction writer Andres Vaamonde of New York City won the Spring 2022 Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing. Vaamonde 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
bucknell.edu/academics/beyond-classroom/academic-centers-institutes/stadler-center-poetry-literary-arts-3

Syracuse University Press
Veterans Writing Award
Brian O’Hare of Los Angeles won the 2021 Veterans Writing Award for his short story collection, Something Hidden. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Syracuse University Press in fall 2022. Phil Klay judged. The biennial award alternates between fiction and nonfiction. The 2023 award will be given for a memoir, essay collection, or creative nonfiction piece in manuscript form; U.S. veterans, active duty personnel in any branch of the U.S. military, or the immediate family members of a veteran or active duty personnel are eligible. The next submission period is December 15, 2022 to February 15, 2023.
Syracuse University Press, Veterans Writing Award, 621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244. Lisa Kuerbis, Contact.
lkuerbis@syr.edu
press.syr.edu/veterans-writing-award

Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize
Teresa Dzieglewicz of Cumberland, Maryland, won the 2021 Dorset Prize for Something Small of How to See a River. She received $3,000, publication of her book by Tupelo Press, and a weeklong residency at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts. Tyehimba Jess judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is December 31.
Snowbound Chapbook Award
Matthew Gellman
of New York City won the 2021 Snowbound Chapbook Award for Night Logic. He received $1,000 and publication of his chapbook by Tupelo Press. Denise Duhamel judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. (See Deadlines.)  
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
Elizabeth Metzger of Los Angeles won the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for Bed. She received $1,000 and publication of her chapbook by Tupelo Press. Mark Bibbins judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. The next deadline is October 31.
Tupelo Press, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247. (413) 664-9611. Jeffrey Levine, Publisher.
tupelopress.org

University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships
Six writers received the 2021–2022 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry and Fiction. Adrienne Chung and Itiola Jones, both of Madison, Wisconsin, received Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellowships in poetry; K. Iver of Denton, Texas, received the Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellowship; Shaina Phenix of New York City received the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship; Claire Luchette of Cleveland received the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship; and Alberto Reyes Morgan of Mexicali, Mexico, received the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship. Each fellow receives a stipend of at least $39,000 plus benefits, teaches one creative writing workshop at the University of Wisconsin each semester, and gives one public reading. The nine-month fellowships provide time, space, and an intellectual community for poets and fiction writers working on a first or second book. Applicants must hold an MFA or PhD in creative writing and must have published no more than one book. (See Deadlines.)
University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships, English Department, 600 North Park Street, H.C. White Room 6195, Madison, WI 53706. Ron Kuka, Coordinator.
institutemail@english.wisc.edu
creativewriting.wisc.edu/fellowships.html

Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
Leila Chatti of Madison, Wisconsin, won the 24th annual Levis Reading Prize for Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). She 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. Brandon Young, Contact.
levis@vcu.edu
english.vcu.edu/mfa/levis-reading-prize