May/June 2019 - Recent Winners

American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
Mark McCloughan of New York City won the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for “Devotion (Reflection).” McCloughan received $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. (See Deadlines.)
American Poetry Review, Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
www.aprweb.org

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
Kelsi Vanada of Monument, Colorado, won the 2018 Nadia Christensen Prize for her translation from the Swedish into English of an excerpt from Marie Silkeberg’s poetry collection Atlantis. She received $2,500 and publication in Scandinavian Review. Sherilyn Hellberg of Berkeley, California, won the 2018 Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize for her translation from the Danish into English of Caspar Eric’s poetry collection Nike. She received $2,000 and publication in Scandinavian Review. The American-Scandinavian Foundation prize jury selected the winners. The annual awards are given to translators whose literary translations have not previously been published. (See Deadlines.)
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Translation Prizes, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. (212) 779-3587.
info@amscan.org
www.amscan.org

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
Luke Leafgren of Boston won the 2018 Saif Ghobash
Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation from the Arabic into English of Muhsin Al-Ramli’s novel The President’s Gardens (MacLehose Press, 2018). He received £3,000 (approximately $3,860). Pete Ayrton, Georgia de Chamberet, Fadia Faqir, and Sophia Vasalou judged. The annual award is given for a book-length literary translation from Arabic into English published in the previous year. The next deadline is March 31, 2020.
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, c/o Society of Authors, 24 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TQ, England. Paula Johnson, Head of Awards and Prizes.
info@banipaltrust.org.uk
www.banipaltrust.org.uk

Barrow Street Press
Book Prize
Cara Dees of Cincinnati won the 2018 Barrow Street Press Book Prize for Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland. She received $1,500 and publication of her book by Barrow Street Press. Ada Limón judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Barrow Street Press, Book Prize, P.O. Box 1558, Kingston, RI 02881.
infobarrow@gmail.com
www.barrowstreet.org

Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Jamel Brinkley of Oakland won the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his story collection, A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press, 2018). He received $10,000 and travel expenses to attend an award ceremony and visit schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in January. Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers judged. The annual award is given to an emerging African American writer for a book of fiction published in the award year. The next deadline is August 15.
Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, 100 North Street, Suite 900, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. (225) 387-6126. Lois Smyth, Donor Services Senior Program Officer.
www.ernestjgainesaward.org

Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Jan Bottiglieri of Schaumburg, Illinois, won the 2019 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry for “Particle.” Rae Meadows of New York City won the 2019 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction for “The King of Gowanus.” Julia Michie Bruckner of Erie, Colorado, won the 2019 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction for “Harvest Moon.” They each received $1,000, and their winning works were published in the Spring 2019 issue of Bellevue Literary Review. Jennifer Bartlett judged in poetry, Maud Casey judged in fiction, and Elisabeth Rosenthal judged in creative nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a poem, a short story, and a work of creative nonfiction relating to issues of health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. (See Deadlines.)
Bellevue Literary Review, Prizes in Poetry and Prose, New York University Langone Medical Center, Department of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, OBV-A612, New York, NY 10016. (212) 263-3973. Stacy Bodziak, Managing Editor.
stacy@blreview.org
www.blreview.org

Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
Ellyn Gaydos of New York City won the 2018 Richard J. Margolis Award. She received $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The annual award is given to an essayist or journalist whose work “combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice.” (See Deadlines.)
Blue Mountain Center, Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 667 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
award@margolis.com
award.margolis.com

Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests
Kateri Kosek of Sheffield, Massachusetts, won the 23rd annual Briar Cliff Review Poetry Award for “I’d hoped to finish this poem before it came true.” Rachel E. Hicks of Baltimore won the Fiction Award for “Drink it Dry.” Beverly Tan Murray of Austin, Texas, won the Creative Nonfiction Award for “Trauma Is Our Country.” They each received $1,000, and their winning works were published in the Spring 2019 issue of Briar Cliff Review. The annual awards are given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The next deadline is November 1.
Briar Cliff Review, Writing Contests, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor.
tricia.currans-sheehan@briarcliff.edu
www.bcreview.org

Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize
John Freeman of Glamorgan, Wales, won the 2018 Bridport Prize in poetry for his poem “Exhibition.” V. Sanjay Kumar of Bangalore, India, won in fiction for his short story “The Fore Caddy.” They each received £5,000 (approximately $6,430). Tim Craig of London won in flash fiction for “The Grand Finale.” He received £1,000 (approximately $1,290). The winners of the second-place prizes were Luisa A. Igloria of Norfolk, Virginia, for her poem “what we learn from movies about surviving a nuclear blast” and Elaine Chiew of London and Singapore for her story “The Heartsick Diaspora.” They each received £1,000 (approximately $1,290). The winning works were published in the 2018 Bridport Prize anthology. Daljit Nagra judged in poetry and Monica Ali judged in fiction and flash fiction. The annual awards are given for a poem, a short story, and a short short story. (See Deadlines.)
Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Prize, P.O. Box 6910, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 9BQ, England. Kate Wilson, Prize Administrator.
kate@bridportprize.org.uk
www.bridportprize.org.uk

California State University in Fresno
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
Mark Irwin of Los Angeles won the 2018 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry for Shimmer. He received $2,000, and his book will be published by Anhinga Press. C. G. Hanzlicek judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is October 1.
California State University in Fresno, Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, English Department, 5245 North Backer Avenue PB98, Fresno, CA 93740. Corrinne Clegg Hales, Contest Coordinator.
connieh@mail.csufresno.edu
www.fresnostate.edu/levineprize

Centenary College of Louisiana
John William Corrington Award
Charles Baxter of Minneapolis won the 2018–2019 John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. Baxter, whose most recent book is the story collection There’s Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon, 2015), received $2,000 and a bronze medal. The annual award is given to recognize a career of dedication to literary excellence. There is no application process.
Centenary College of Louisiana, English Department, Shreveport, LA 71104. (318) 869-5085. David Havird, Coordinator.
www.centenary.edu/academics/departments-schools/english/corrington-award

Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize
Cuifen Chen of Singapore won the 2018 Troubadour International Poetry Prize for her poem “What My Net Dragged to the Surface.” She received £2,000 (approximately $2,570) and an invitation to read at the annual Coffee-House Poetry reading at the Troubadour in London. Doreen Gurrey of York, England, won the second-place prize for her poem “there’s rue for you; and here’s some for me.” She received £1,000 (approximately $1,290). Daljit Nagra and Jo Shapcott judged. The annual award is given for a poem. The next deadline is October 21.
Coffee-House Poetry, Troubadour International Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 16210, London, W4 1ZP, England.
info@coffeehousepoetry.org
www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

Conduit Books & Ephemera
Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize
Michelle Lewis of West Bath, Maine, won the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize for Animul/Flame. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Conduit Books. Bob Hicok judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection. The next deadline is October 15.
Minds on Fire Open Book Prize
Jeffrey Morgan of Bellingham, Washington, won the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize for The Last Note Becomes Its Listener. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Conduit Books. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Conduit Books & Ephemera, 788 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. William Waltz, Editor.
www.conduit.org

Crab Orchard
First Book Award
Matthew Austin Wimberley of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award for All the Great Territories. He received $1,000, publication of his book by Southern Illinois University Press, and an honorarium of $1,500 to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Vandana Khanna judged. The annual award is given for a first book of poetry. (See Deadlines.)
Literary Prizes
Destiny O. Birdsong of Nashville won the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize for her poem “Fable.” Luke Dani Blue of Lethbridge, Canada, won the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize for their story “Dogs of America.” Karen Bell of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, won the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize for her essay “The Body After.” They each received $1,250, and their winning works were published on the Crab Orchard Review website. Allison Joseph judged. The annual awards are given for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The prize has been discontinued.
Crab Orchard, Southern Illinois University, English Department, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble,
Series Editor.
craborchardreview.siu.edu

Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest
Michal Leibowitz of Stanford, California, won the Summer 2019 Essay Contest, whose theme was “Sex,” for her essay “Body Language.” She received $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction. The editors judged. The quarterly award is given for an essay on a theme. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Creative Nonfiction, Essay Contest, 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Chad Vogler, Senior Editor.
information@creativenonfiction.org
www.creativenonfiction.org

Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton of Oakland won the sixth annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize for her novel, A Kind of Freedom (Counterpoint Press, 2017). She received $5,000 and is entitled to a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook’s Corner Café and Bar in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Tayari Jones judged. The annual award is given for a debut novel set in the American South. (See Deadlines.)
Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation, Book Prize, 313 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (919) 942-3713. Anna Hayes, President.
info@crookscornerbookprize.com
www.crookscornerbookprize.com

Elixir Press
Fiction Award
Ann Harleman of Oakland won the 2018 Fiction Award for her novel Tell Me, Signora. She received $2,000, and her book was published by Elixir Press. Amina Gautier judged. The annual award is given for a short story collection or a novel. (See Deadlines.)
Elixir Press, Fiction Award, P.O. Box 27029, Denver, CO 80227.
info@elixirpress.com
www.elixirpress.com

Gival Press
Novel Award
William Orem of Newton, Massachusetts, won the 2018 Novel Award for Miss Lucy. He received $3,000, and his novel will be published by Gival Press. John Domini judged. The biennial award is given for a novel. The next deadline is May 30, 2020.
Short Story Award
Joan G. Gurfield of Santa Monica, California, won the 2018 Short Story Award for “The Resistance.” She received $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website. Elaine C. Ray judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is August 8.
Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
www.givalpress.com

Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters
Marian Palaia of San Francisco won the Family Matters contest for her story “Wild Things.” She received $2,500, and her story will be published in the final issue of Glimmer Train Stories. The editors judged. The award is given for a short story about families of all configurations. The next deadline is May 15.
Glimmer Train Press, Family Matters, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.
www.glimmertrain.com

Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
Christopher Harris of Bexleyheath, England, won the 2018 William Van Wert Award for his story “The Pier.” He received $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a short story or a novel excerpt. (See Deadlines.)
Hidden River Arts, William Van Wert Fiction Award, P.O. Box 63927, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
hiddenriverarts@gmail.com
hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com

Literal Latté
Poetry Award
Lea Graham of Poughkeepsie, New York, won the 2018 Literal Latté Poetry Award for her poems “Irenical” and “Widdershins.” She received $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté. The annual award is given for a poem or group of poems. (See Deadlines.)
Literal Latté, Poetry Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.
litlatte@aol.com
www.literal-latte.com

Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Eleven writers received 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowships of $3,500. They are poets Christopher Rose of Hillsboro, Jennifer Perrine of Milwaukie, and Pamela Santos of Portland; fiction writers Natalie Hirt of Lake Oswego, Ana-Maurine Lara of Eugene, and Marcus Lund and Chris Stuck, both of Portland; and nonfiction writers Chelsea Biondolillo, Karen Luper, and Justin Taylor, all of Portland, and Sterling Cunio of Salem. Tarfia Faizullah, Christine H. Lee, and Maya Sonenberg judged. The annual fellowships are given to Oregon writers to help them initiate, develop, or complete a literary project. (See Deadlines.)
Literary Arts, Oregon Literary Fellowships, 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205. (503) 227-2583. Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers.
susan@literary-arts.org
www.literary-arts.org

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Sandra Hunter of Simi Valley, California, won the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for “Meanwhile the Forests Continue to Die.” She received $1,500, and her story was published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The annual award is given for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000. (See Deadlines.)
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 2011, Key West, FL 33045.
shortstorykeywest@hushmail.com
www.shortstorycompetition.com

Los Angeles Review
Literary Awards
kwabena foli of Chicago won the 2018 Los Angeles Review Poetry Award for “In Defense of Genius;” Laura Jean Moore of Los Angeles won the Short Fiction Award for “Husbandry;” John Mattson of Encino, California, won the Flash Fiction Award for “Eric Clapton’s Girlfriend;” and Anna Leahy of Orange, California, won the Creative Nonfiction Award for “A Brief Encyclopedia of My Mother’s Cancer.” They each received $1,000, and their works will be published in Los Angeles Review. Douglas Manuel judged in poetry, Doug Lawson judged in short fiction, Ron Koertge judged in flash fiction, and Sarah Cannon judged in creative nonfiction. The annual awards are given for works of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. (See Deadlines.)
Los Angeles Review, Literary Awards, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. Deirdre Collins, Managing Editor.
editor@losangelesreview.org
www.losangelesreview.org

Milkweed Editions
Max Ritvo Poetry Prize
John James of Berkeley, California, won the second annual Max Ritvo Poetry Prize for The Milk Hours. He received $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. Henri Cole judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Milkweed Editions, Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. (612) 332-3192.
milkweed.org/max-ritvo-poetry-prize

Narrative
30 Below Contest
Madison Dettlinger of New York City won the 2018 30 Below Contest for her story “All the Girls Are Fat in Heaven.” She received $1,500, and her story will be published in Narrative. The annual award is given for a poem or group of poems, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer between the ages of 18 and 30. The next deadline is November 19.
Narrative, 30 Below Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street, #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.
narrativemagazine.com

National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Thirty-five poets each received a $25,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. They are Brandon Amico of Asheville, North Carolina; Reginald Dwayne Betts of New Haven, Connecticut; Malachi Black of San Diego; Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán of Naperville, Illinois; Chen Chen of Newton, Massachusetts; Jennifer S. Cheng and Charif Shanahan of San Francisco; Tiana Clark of Edwardsville, Illinois; Charlie Clark of Austin, Texas; Ama Codjoe, Sarah Gambito, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, and Maya Pindyck, all of New York City; Rachel Custer of Albion, Indiana; Geffrey Davis of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Kendra DeColo of Nashville; Roy G. Guzmán of Minneapolis; Jenny Johnson of Pittsburgh; Ilya Kaminsky of Atlanta; Hugh Martin of Athens, Ohio; Adrian Matejka of Bloomington, Indiana; Jenny Molberg of Kansas City, Missouri; Amy Munson of Columbia Heights, Minnesota; Kiki Petrosino of Louisville, Kentucky; Catherine Pierce of Starkville, Mississippi; Sasha Pimentel of El Paso, Texas; Alison C. Rollins of Chicago; Erika L. Sánchez of Plainsboro, New Jersey; Danniel Schoonebeek of Hudson, New York; Emily Skaja of Memphis; Renee Eleanor Stanford of Merion Station, Pennsylvania; Jacob Sunderlin of Athens, Georgia; Michael Torres of Mankato, Minnesota; Keith S. Wilson of Villa Hills, Kentucky; and Amy Woolard of Charlottesville, Virginia. The annual creative writing fellowships are given in alternating years to poets and prose writers to allow for research, travel, time to write, and career development. The 2019 fellowships will be given in prose; the deadline has passed. The next deadline, for 2020 fellowships in poetry, has not been set.
National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Writing Fellowships, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20506.
www.arts.gov

New Criterion
Poetry Prize
Ned Balbo of Baltimore won the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize for The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots. He received $3,000, and his book will be published by Criterion Books. Morri Creech, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. The next deadline is September 30.
New Criterion, Poetry Prize, 900 Broadway, Suite 602, New York, NY 10003. (212) 247-6980. Rebecca Hecht, Managing Editor.
hecht@newcriterion.com
www.newcriterion.com/poetryprize

New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
Sarah Gridley of Chesterland, Ohio, won the 2019 Green Rose Prize for Insofar. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by New Issues Poetry & Prose in Spring 2020. Forrest Gander judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least one full-length book of poetry. The next deadline is September 30.
New Issues Poetry & Prose, Green Rose Prize, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Nancy Eimers, Editor.
new-issues@wmich.edu
newissuespress.com

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
Carla S. Schick of Hayward, California, won the 2018 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award for her poem “When Birds Migrate, They Follow Nature.” She received $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website. The annual award is given for a poem that explores “positive visions of peace and the human spirit.” (See Deadlines.)
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.
www.peacecontests.org

Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Poetry Book Prize
Logan Fry of Austin won the 2019 First/Second Poetry Book Prize for Harpo Before the Opus. He received $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies. Srikanth Reddy judged. The annual award is given for a first or second poetry collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize
C. S. Carrier of Clarksville, Arkansas, won the 2019 Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize for “The Natural State.” He received $1,000, and his poem was published in OmniVerse and as a letterpress broadside. Dean Rader judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Omnidawn Publishing, 1632 Elm Avenue, Richmond, CA 94805. (510) 237-5472. Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, Coeditors.
submissions@omnidawn.com
www.omnidawn.com

San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild
Steve Kowit Poetry Prize
Amanda Leigh Mattimoe of Carlsbad, California, won the 2018 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize for “Ode to My Cautionary Self.” She received $1,000, and her poem was published in San Diego Poetry Annual. Jeff Walt judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is October 15.
San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild, Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, 1953 Huffstatler Street, Suite A, Rainbow, CA 92028.
www.sdeag.org

Sixfold
Poetry and Short Story Awards
Bryce Emley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the Sixfold Winter Poetry Award for a group of poems. Lorraine L. Babb of Forestville, California, won the Winter Short Story Award for “Admit One.” They each received $1,000, and their winning works will be published in Sixfold. The contest entrants judged. The awards are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. The next deadline is July 24.
Sixfold, Poetry and Short Story Awards, 10 Concord Ridge Road, Newtown, CT 06470. (203) 491-0242. Garrett Doherty, Publisher.
sixfold@sixfold.org
www.sixfold.org

Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors’ Prize
Mark Svenvold of New York City won the 2018 Editors’ Prize for “Immigration Algorithm (Application Form D (3) b (1) a).” He received $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review. Li-Young Lee judged. The annual award is given for a poem. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Spoon River Poetry Review, Editors’ Prize, Illinois State University, English Department, 4241 Publications Unit, Normal, IL 61790. (309) 438-3025. Kirstin Hotelling Zona, Editor.
kirstinhotellingzona@gmail.com
www.srpr.org/contest.php

Towson University
Prize for Literature
Eric Puchner of Baltimore won the 2018 Towson University Prize for Literature for his story collection Last Day on Earth (Scribner, 2017). He received $1,000. The annual award is given for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is a resident at the time of the award. (See Deadlines.)
Towson University, Prize for Literature, English Department, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. Chris Cain, Department Chair.
www.towson.edu/english

T. S. Eliot Foundation
T. S. Eliot Prize
Hannah Sullivan of London won the 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize for her poetry collection, Three Poems (Faber & Faber). She received £25,000 (approximately $32,100). The finalists were Ailbhe Darcy of Cardiff, Wales, for Insistence (Bloodaxe Books); Terrance Hayes of New York City for American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books); Zaffar Kunial of Hebden Bridge, England, for Us (Faber & Faber); Nick Laird of New York City for Feel Free (Faber & Faber); Fiona Moore of London for The Distal Point (HappenStance Press); Sean O’Brien of Newcastle, England, for Europa (Picador); Phoebe Power of York, England, for Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet Press); Richard Scott of London for Soho (Faber & Faber); and Tracy K. Smith of Princeton, New Jersey, for Wade in the Water (Penguin Books). The winner and finalists each received £1,500 (approximately $1,930). Sinéad Morrissey, Daljit Nagra, and Clare Pollard judged. The annual award is given to honor a poetry collection published in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the award year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
T. S. Eliot Foundation, T. S. Eliot Prize, 50 Penn Road, London N7 9RE, England.
tseliot.com/prize

University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews of Chestertown, Maryland, won the 24th annual Akron Poetry Prize for A Brief History of Fruit. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by University of Akron Press. Diane Seuss judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Prize, 120 East Mill Street, Suite 415, Akron, OH 44308. Mary Biddinger, Series Editor.
www.uakron.edu/uapress/akron-poetry-prize

University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
Michael Lavers of Provo, Utah, won the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize for his poem “The angel in charge of creating the Earth addresses his cohort.” He received AUD $15,000 (approximately $10,600). Sarah Holland-Batt of Brisbane and New York City won the runner-up prize for her poem “The grip.” She received AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,550). Both poems were published in Signs, the University of Canberra’s 2018 prize anthology. Wendy Cope judged. The annual award is given for a poem. (See Deadlines.)
University of Canberra, Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Faculty of Arts & Design, Building 20, Canberra, ACT 2610, Australia.
vcpoetryprize@canberra.edu.au
www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize

University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards
Ashley Wurzbacher of Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2019 John Simmons Short Fiction Award for her story collection, Happy Like This. Emily Wortman-Wunder of Denver won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her story collection, Not a Thing to Comfort You. Both books will be published by University of Iowa Press in October. Carmen Maria Machado judged. The annual awards are given for debut story collections. The next deadline is September 30.
University of Iowa Press, Short Fiction Awards, c/o Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-2000.
uipress@uiowa.edu
uipress.uiowa.edu

University of Louisville
Italo Calvino Prize
Amy Parker of Iowa City won the 2018 Italo Calvino Prize for her story “Pica Ceremony (for feeding the hungry ghosts).” She received $2,000; publication in Miracle Monocle, the University of Louisville literary journal; and an all-expenses-paid trip to read at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Kelly Link judged. The annual award is given for a published or unpublished work of fabulist fiction written in the vein of Italo Calvino. The next deadline is October 14.
University of Louisville, Italo Calvino Prize, English Department, Room 315, Bingham Humanities Building, Louisville, KY 40292. Ian Stansel, Contact.
ian.stansel@louisville.edu
louisville.edu/english/creative-writing/creative-writing-contests

University of Nebraska Press
Backwaters Prize
John Sibley Williams of Portland, Oregon, won the 2018 Backwaters Press Prize for his collection Skin Memory. He received $2,500, and his book will be published by University of Nebraska Press. Kwame Dawes judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
University of Nebraska Press, Backwaters Prize, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 400, Lincoln, NE 68508.
nebraskapress.unl.edu/the-backwaters-press

University of North Texas
Rilke Prize
David Keplinger of Washington, D.C., won the 2019 Rilke Prize for Another City (Milkweed Editions, 2018). He received $10,000 and travel expenses to give a reading at the University of North Texas in April. The annual award is given for a poetry collection by a mid-career poet published in the previous year. The next deadline is November 30.
University of North Texas, Rilke Prize, English Department, 1155 Union Circle #311307, Denton, TX 76203. Lisa Vining, Contact.
lisa.vining@unt.edu
english.unt.edu/creative-writing/unt-rilke-prize

University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
Jenn Hollmeyer of Downers Grove, Illinois, won the 18th annual Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for Orders of Protection. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by University of North Texas Press in November. Colin Winnette judged. The annual award is given for a collection of short fiction. (See Deadlines.)
University of North Texas Press, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, 1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203. J. Andrew Briseño, General Editor.
untpress.unt.edu/contest

University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes of New York City won the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize for The Inheritance of Haunting. She received $1,000, and her book was published by University of Notre Dame Press in March. Ada Limón judged. The biennial award is given for a debut poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. The next deadline is January 15, 2020.
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize
Joe Jiménez of San Antonio won the 2018 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize for Rattlesnake Allegory. He received $1,000, and his book was published by Red Hen Press in May. Rigoberto González judged. The biennial award is given for a second or third poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. The next deadline is January 15, 2020.
University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies, 230 McKenna Hall, Notre Dame, IN 45665. Francisco Aragón, Director.
latinostudies.nd.edu/institute-centers/letras-latinas

University of Wisconsin Press
Brittingham/Pollak Prizes
Molly Spencer of Tucson, Arizona, won the 2019 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for If the House. Sarah Kortemeier of Plymouth, Michigan, won the 2019 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry for Ganbatte. They each received $1,000, and their books will be published by University of Wisconsin Press in the Wisconsin Poetry Series. Carl Phillips judged. The annual awards are given for poetry collections. The next deadline is September 15.
University of Wisconsin Press, Brittingham/Pollak Prizes, University of Wisconsin, English Department, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. Ronald Wallace, Poetry Series Editor.
rwallace@wisc.edu
www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/poetryguide.html

WaterWood Press
Carolyn Forché Prize for Humanitarian Poetry
Anne-Marie Brumm of New York City won the inaugural Carolyn Forché Prize for Humanitarian Poetry for “Letter From Oslo.” She received $1,000, and her poem will be published in the WaterWood Press anthology Elusions: Refugee Poems. James Adams and Peter Anderson judged. The biennial award is given for a poem with a humanitarian theme of  “improving people’s lives or reducing suffering.” The next deadline is August 15, 2020.
WaterWood Press, Carolyn Forché Prize for Humanitarian Poetry, 47 Waterwood, Huntsville, TX 77320.
waterwoodpress.com

Western Connecticut State University
Housatonic Book Awards
Victoria Chang of Los Angeles; Shanthi Sekaran of Berkeley, California; and Beth Ann Fennelly of Oxford, Mississippi, won the 2018 Housatonic Book Awards. Chang won in poetry for her collection Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017); Sekaran won in fiction for her novel Lucky Boy (Penguin, 2017); and Fennelly won in nonfiction for her essay collection Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-memoirs (Norton, 2017). They each received $1,000, plus $500 in travel expenses to give a reading and teach a master class at Western Connecticut State University’s low-residency MFA Program. The annual awards are given for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Western Connecticut State University, Housatonic Book Awards, Writing Department, White Hall 314, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810.
housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com

Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize
Emily Bracale of Bar Harbor, Maine, won the grand prize in the fourth annual North Street Book Prize for her graphic memoir, Our Last Six Months. She received $3,000. William Rodriguez of Madison, Wisconsin, won the prize in poetry for From the Banks of Brook Avenue; Angela Carole Brown of Valencia, California, won in fiction for Trading Fours; Carol DeMent of Tumwater, Washington, won in genre fiction for Saving Nary; Francesco Granieri of Northfield, New Jersey, won in creative nonfiction for Pavarotti and Pancakes; and Jeannine Bernardi of Castle Pines, Colorado, won in children’s literature for A Friendship Forever. They each received $1,000. The winners all received publication of an excerpt of their winning works on the Winning Writers website; a marketing consultation with author and publishing consultant Carolyn Howard-Johnson; $300 in credit at BookBaby, a distributor for self-published authors; and free advertising in the Winning Writers e-mail newsletter. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter judged. The annual awards are given for self-published books. (See Deadlines.)
Winning Writers, North Street Book Prize, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. (866) 946-9748. Adam Cohen, President.
adam@winningwriters.com
www.winningwriters.com

Yale University
Bollingen Prize for Poetry
Charles Bernstein of Philadelphia won the 2019 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Bernstein, whose most recent collection is Near/Miss (University of Chicago Press, 2018), received $165,000. Ange Mlinko, Claudia Rankine, and Evie Shockley judged. The biennial award is given to an American poet for a book published in the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. There is no application process.
Yale University, Bollingen Prize for Poetry, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, P.O. Box 208330, New Haven, CT 06520. (203) 432-2977.
beinecke.library@yale.edu
bollingen.yale.edu

Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Competition
Miles Greaves of New York City won the 2018 Short Fiction Contest for “The Teeth.” He received $1,000, and his story was published as an online supplement to the Winter 2018/2019 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. His story was also submitted for consideration to several participating literary agencies. Colum McCann judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is October 1.
Zoetrope: All-Story, Short Fiction Competition, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. 

www.all-story.com/contests.cgi