Booker Prize Foundation
International Booker Prize
Fiction writer David Diop of Pau, France, and translator Anna Moschovakis of New York City and Delaware County, New York, won the 2021 International Booker Prize for Moschovakis’s translation from the French of Diop’s novel, At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin Press). They each received £25,000 (approximately $34,662). The finalists were Mariana Enríquez of Buenos Aires and Megan McDowell of Santiago for McDowell’s translation from the Spanish of Enríquez’s story collection The Dangers of Smoking in Bed (Granta Books); Benjamín Labatut of Santiago and Adrian Nathan West of Spain for West’s translation from the Spanish of Labatut’s novel When We Cease to Understand the World (Pushkin Press); Olga Ravn of Copenhagen, and Martin Aitken of Denmark for Aitken’s translation from the Danish of Ravn’s novel The Employees: A Workplace Novel of the 22nd Century (Lolli Editions); Maria Stepanova of Moscow and Sasha Dugdale of Cambridge, England, for Dugdale’s translation from the Russian of Stepanova’s novel In Memory of Memory (Fitzcarraldo Editions); and Éric Vuillard of Rennes, France, and Mark Polizzotti of New York City for Polizzotti’s translation from the French of Vuillard’s novel The War of the Poor (Pan Macmillan, Picador). They each received £1,000 (approximately $1,378). Merve Emre, Petina Gappah, Mel Giedroyc, Jeremy Tiang, and Frank Wynne judged. The annual award is given for a story collection or novel translated into English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland between May 1 of the previous year and April 30 of the award year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Booker Prize Foundation, International Booker Prize, 28 St. James's Walk, London, England EC1R 0AP.
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics/Autumn House Press
Jacqui Germain of Saint Louis won the 2021 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Book Prize for her poetry collection, Bittering the Wound. She received $3,000, and her book will be published by Autumn House Press in 2022. Douglas Kearney judged. The annual award is given for a first or second poetry collection or work that intersects with poetry, including hybrid work and translation, by a writer of African descent. The next deadline is February 15, 2022.
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics/Autumn House Press, Book Prize, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English, 526 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards
Nathalie Khankan of San Francisco won the 90th annual California Book Awards gold medal in poetry for her collection, Quiet Orient Riot (Omnidawn). Daniel Mason of Palo Alto won the gold medal in fiction for his story collection, A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth (Little, Brown). C Pam Zhang of San Francisco won the gold medal in first fiction for her novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold (Riverhead Books). Alice L. Baumgartner of Los Angeles won the gold medal in nonfiction for her book, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War (Basic Books). Richard White of Stanford and Jesse Amble White of Los Angeles won the gold medal in Californiana for his book California Exposures: Envisioning Myth and History (Norton). Charles Yu of Irvine won the silver medal in fiction for his novel Interior Chinatown (Pantheon). Conor Dougherty of Oakland won the silver medal in nonfiction for Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream (Penguin Press). The gold medal winners each received $5,000 and the silver medal winners each received $2,500. The annual awards are given to honor California writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. email@example.com
Susanna Lang of Chicago won the 2021 Crosswinds Poetry Contest for “Inspection.” She received $1,000, and her poem was published in Crosswinds. Margaret Gibson judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. (See Deadlines.)
Crosswinds, Poetry Contest, 10 Algonquin Drive, Middletown, RI 02842.
DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press
Anney Bolgiano of Washington, D.C., won the 2021 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest for her collection Flat-Pack. She received $1,000, and her chapbook will be published by New Michigan Press in 2022. Ander Monson judged. The annual award is given for a chapbook of poetry or prose. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, Chapbook Contest, University of Arizona, English Department, P.O. Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721. Ander Monson, Editor.
James Dickey Prize
Benjamin Gucciardi of Oakland won the 2020–2021 James Dickey Prize for a group of poems. He received $1,000, and his poems will be published in Volume 21, No. 2 of Five Points. The annual award is given for a group of poems. (See Deadlines.)
Five Points, James Dickey Prize, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 3999, Atlanta, GA 30302. Megan Sexton, Editor.
Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
Coyote Shook of Austin, Texas, won the 2020 Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for their graphic memoir, Coyote the Beautiful. They received $1,000, and their chapbook was published by Florida Review. Lynne Nugent judged. The annual award is given for a chapbook of fiction, nonfiction, or graphic narrative. (See Deadlines.)
Florida Review, Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, University of Central Florida, English Department, P.O. Box 161346, Orlando, FL 32816. Jake Wolff, Editor.
Iowa Review Awards
Derek Denckla of Angeleno Heights, California, won the 2021 Iowa Review Award in poetry for his poems “La Almohada” and two other poems. Tracie Morris judged. Pallavi Wakharkar of Phoenix, Arizona, won the award in fiction for her story “Simple Animal.” Jamel Brinkley judged. Xujun Eberlein of Wayland, Massachusetts, won the award in creative nonfiction for her essay “Ms. Daylily.” Melissa Febos judged. The winners each receive $1,500 and publication in the Winter 2021 issue of Iowa Review. The annual awards are given for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The next deadline is January 31, 2022.
Iowa Review, Iowa Review Awards, University of Iowa, 308 English-Philosophy Building, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-0462. Lynne Nugent, Editor in Chief.
Leon Levy Center for Biography
Leon Levy Biography Fellowships
Glenn Frankel of Arlington, Virginia, and Helen Koh, Dan Nadel, Adam Shatz, and Rachel L. Swarns, all of New York City, received the 2021–2022 Leon Levy Biography Fellowships. Patchen Barss of Toronto received the 2021 Sloan Fellowship. They each received $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student. The four annual fellowships are given to writers working on a biography. The annual Sloan Fellowship is given to a writer working on a biography of a figure in the field of science or technology. (See Deadlines.)
Leon Levy Center for Biography, Leon Levy Biography Fellowships, Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6200, New York, NY 10016. Thad Ziolkowski, Associate Director.
Tartt Fiction Award
Schuyler Dickson of Houlka, Mississippi, and Judy Juanita of Oakland won the 2021 Tartt Fiction Award. Dickson won for Yazoo Clay and Juanita won for The High Price of Freeways. They each received $1,000, and their books will be published by Livingston Press in summer 2022. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a first collection of short stories. (See Deadlines.)
Livingston Press, Tartt Fiction Award, University of West Alabama, One College Drive, Station 22, Livingston, AL 35470. Joe Taylor, Director.
Winter Short Story Award for New Writers
Dean Jamieson of New York City won the 2020–2021 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers for “Straight to My Heart.” He received $3,000, agency review, and publication in Masters Review. Helen Oyeyemi judged. The annual award is given for a story. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Masters Review, Winter Short Story Award for New Writers, 70 SW Century Drive, Suite 100442, Bend, OR 97702.
Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry
Jennifer Huang of Ypsilanti, Michigan, won the 2021 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry for Return Flight. They received $10,000, and their collection will be published by Milkweed Editions in January 2022. Jos Charles judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection by a resident of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Milkweed Editions, Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize
Nicholas Hogg of Leicester, England, won the 2021 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize for “Concerto.” He received €2,000 (approximately $2,344) and publication of his poem in Issue 40 of Southword. Peter Sirr judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. (See Deadlines.)
Munster Literature Center, Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland T12 X802.
Nimrod International Journal
Neruda and Porter Prizes
Emily Rose Cole of Cincinnati won the 43rd annual Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry for “Spell for Patience” and other poems. She received $2,000. Julie Marie Wade of Dania Beach, Florida, won the $1,000 second-place prize for “/NOW/.” Celine Aenlle-Rocha of New York City won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for “White Black People.” She received $2,000. Paula Closson Buck of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, won the $1,000 second-place prize for “The Inventories.” The winning works appeared in Nimrod International Journal. The annual awards are given for a single long poem or group of poems and a story. The next deadline is April 1, 2022.
Nimrod International Journal, Neruda and Porter Prizes, University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. (918) 631-3080. Eilis O'Neal, Editor in Chief.
Abby Murray of Annandale, Virginia, won the 2021 Oberon Poetry Prize for “Beyond Speech.” She received $1,000, and her poem will be published in Oberon. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is April 10, 2022.
Oberon, Poetry Prize, P.O. 2236, Saint James, NY 11780. Mindy Kronenberg, Editor.
Charles Baxter of Minneapolis won the 2021 PEN/Malamud Award. Baxter, whose most recent story collection is There's Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon, 2015), received $5,000 and will be honored at a virtual ceremony in December. The annual award “recognizes excellence in the art of short fiction.” There is no application process.
PEN/Faulkner Foundation, PEN/Malamud Award, 6218 Georgia Avenue NW, Unit #1062, Washington, D.C. 20011. Shahenda Helmy, Director of Literary Programs.
Caleb Tankersley of Seattle won the 2021 Permafrost Book Prize for his short story collection Sin Eaters. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by University of Alaska Press. Julie Iromuanya judged. The annual award is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2022 prize will be given for a work of nonfiction. The next deadline is March 15, 2022.
Permafrost, Book Prize, University of Alaska, English Department, P.O. Box 755720, Fairbanks, AK 99775. (907) 474-7193.
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
Felicia Zamora of Cincinnati, won the 2020 C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize for “Moratorium.” She received $1,000, and her poem will be published in Issue 27/28 of Poetry International. Sandra Alcosser judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. (See Deadlines.)
Poetry International, C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize, San Diego State University, English and Comparative Literature Department, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182. Sandra Alcosser, Editor.
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
Poet Jodie Noel Vinson and fiction writer Courtney Denelle, both of Providence, won the 2021 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. They each received $500, a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in the Lower Piney Creek Valley of Wyoming, and a trip to New York City to meet with agents, editors, publishers, and prominent writers. Prageeta Sharma judged in poetry and Madeleine Thien judged in fiction. The annual award is given to a poet and fiction writer from a select state; the 2021 state was Rhode Island. The 2022 award will recognize writers from Nebraska. The next deadline is March 1, 2022.
Poets & Writers, Inc., Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004.
(212) 226-3586, ext. 225.
Prime Number Magazine Awards
Heidi Sander of Stratford, Ontario, won the 2021 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry for “How We Live On.” Jacqueline Parker of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the short fiction award for “Black Cat.” They each received $1,000 and publication in Prime Number Magazine. Stacy R. Nigliazzo judged in poetry and Dennis McFadden judged in fiction. The annual awards are given for a poem and a short story. The next deadline is March 31, 2022.
Press 53, Prime Number Magazine Awards, 560 North Trade Street, Suite 103, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. (336) 770-5353. Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher.
Morton and McCarthy Prizes
CJ Evans of Oakland won the 2021 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry for Lives. Chaitali Sen of Smithville, Texas, won the 2021 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for A New Race of Men From Heaven. They each received $2,000, and their collections will be published by Sarabande Books. Victoria Chang judged in poetry and Danielle Evans judged in fiction. The annual awards are given for collections of poetry and short fiction. The next deadline is February 15, 2022.
Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, 735 Lampton Street, Louisville, KY 40203.
Lee Upton of Easton, Pennsylvania, won the 2021 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize for The Day Every Day Is. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by Saturnalia Books in spring 2023. Sabrina Orah Mark judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is April 1, 2022.
Saturnalia Books, Poetry Prize, 105 Woodside Road, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award
Stephen Ackerman of Poughquag, New York, won the 2020 Gerald Cable Book Award for Late Life. He received $1,000, publication of his book by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies. Rodger Moody judged. The annual award is given for a first poetry collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Silverfish Review Press, Gerald Cable Book Award, P.O. Box 3541, Eugene, OR 97403. Rodger Moody, Series Editor.
Poetry Chapbook Competition
Jeanne-Marie Osterman of New York City won the 2021 Poetry Chapbook Competition for All Animals Want the Same Things. She received $1,000, publication of her chapbook by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. (See Deadlines.)
Slipstream Press, Poetry Chapbook Competition, Dept. W-1, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize
Juan Eugenio Ramirez of Louisville, Kentucky, won the 10th annual Nilsen Literary Prize for his novel, The Man With Wolves for Hands. He received $2,000, and his book will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in fall 2021. The annual award is given for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. The next deadline is November 1.
Southeast Missouri State University Press, Nilsen Literary Prize, One University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize
James Pollock of Madison, Wisconsin, won the 2021 Guy Owen Prize for “Mousetrap.” He received $1,000, and his poem was published in Volume 59, Issue 1 of Southern Poetry Review. Robert Morgan judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is May 31, 2022.
Southern Poetry Review, Guy Owen Prize, Department of English, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419. (912) 344-3196. James Smith, Editor.
Story Foundation Prize
Karl Taro Greenfeld of Pacific Palisades, California, won the second annual Story Foundation Prize for “Womanly Words.” He received $1,500 and his story was published in Story Magazine. The annual award is given for a short story. (See Deadlines.)
Story Magazine, Story Foundation Prize, 312 East Kelso Road, Columbus, OH 43202. Michael Nye, Editor in Chief.
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Poetry Prize
J. Bailey Hutchinson of Minneapolis won the 2022 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for Gut. She received $5,000, and her book will be published by University of Arkansas Press in March 2022. Patricia Smith judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
University of Arkansas Press, Miller Williams Poetry Prize, Poetry Series, 105 North McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
University of Massachusetts Press
Stacy Gnall of Sparks, Nevada, and Wendy Barnes of Jersey City, New Jersey, won the 2021 Juniper Prizes in Poetry. Gnall won for her collection Dogged, and Barnes won for her collection, Landscape With Bloodfeud. Leigh Ann Ruggiero of Great Falls, Montana, and Kerry Dolan of Philadelphia won prizes in fiction. Ruggiero won for her novel Unfollowers and Dolan won for her story collection Safe Places. They each received $1,000, and their books will be published by University of Massachusetts Press. The annual awards are given for two poetry collections, two books of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. The next deadline is September 30, 2022.
University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prizes, 180 Infirmary Way, Fourth Floor, Amherst, MA 01003. Courtney Andree, Contact.
University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies
Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry
Dermot Bolger of Dublin won the 25th annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. Bolger, whose most recent collection is That Which Is Suddenly Precious: New & Selected Poems (New Island Books, 2015), received $5,000. The annual award is given to honor an Irish poet. There is no application process.
University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies, Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, 2115 Summit Avenue, #5008, St. Paul, MN 55105. David Gardiner, Director.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
Raven Leilani of New York City won the 20th annual Cabell First Novelist Award for Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). She received $5,000 and will participate in an award event in November. A committee including critics, community readers, MFA students, and previous winner John Englehardt judged. The annual award is given for a first novel published during the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award, c/o VCU Department of English, Hibbs Building, Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Ty Phelps, Contact.
Poets Marwa Helal and Ladan Osman, both of New York City, and Xandria Phillips of rural Ohio; fiction writers Steven Dunn of Denver and Tope Folarin of Washington, D.C.; nonfiction writer Sarah Stewart Johnson of Washington, D. C.; and poet and nonfiction writer Joshua Bennett of Hanover, New Hampshire, are among the winners of the 2021 Whiting Awards. They each received $50,000. The annual awards are given to emerging writers. There is no application process.
Whiting Foundation, Whiting Awards, 16 Court Street, Suite 2308, Brooklyn, NY 11241. (718) 701-5962.
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Koss of the United States won the 2021 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest for their poem “My Therapist Sez.” They received $2,000, a gift certificate for two years of literary information services from Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website. Marcus Bales of Elyria, Ohio, won second prize for “Corvid Nineteen.” He received $500 and publication on the Winning Writers website. Jendi Reiter and Lauren Singer judged. The annual award is given for a humorous poem. The next deadline is April 1, 2022.
Winning Writers, Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, Suite B, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. (413) 320-1847. Adam Cohen, President.
Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets
Robert Wood Lynn of New York City won the 2021 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for Mothman Apologia. His book will be published by Yale University Press in April 2022. Rae Armantrout judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Yale University Press, Yale Series of Younger Poets, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520.