Atlanta Writers Club
Townsend Prize for Fiction
Sanjena Sathian of Atlanta won the 2023 Townsend Prize for Fiction for her novel, Gold Diggers (Penguin Press). She received $2,000. Christina Bieber, Erich Nunn, and Harry Stecopoulos judged. The biennial award is given for a novel, a novella, or a short story collection written and published in the previous two years by a current or past resident of the state of Georgia (if the author is a past resident, they must have lived in Georgia at the time their book was written and published). The next deadline is December 15, 2024.
Atlanta Writers Club, Townsend Prize for Fiction, 117A Wilton Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. (404) 229-3060. Clayton Ramsey, Officer Emeritus and Townsend Prize Director.
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize
Kate DeLay of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won the 2023 William Matthews Poetry Prize for “Repentance.” She received $1,000, and her poem will be published in Volume 30, Issue 33 of Asheville Poetry Review. She also received an invitation to give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Diane Seuss judged. The annual award is given for a single poem.
Asheville Poetry Review, William Matthews Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 7086, Asheville, NC 28802. Keith Flynn, Managing Editor.
Paige Lewis of Iowa City won the 2023 Parallel Award for Poetry for “The King Game.” Susan Nguyen judged. Katie Quach of Hội An, Vietnam, won the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction for “Wanting for Nothing.” Corinne Manning judged. Alexandra Dane of Seattle and Boston won the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction for “The Language of Flowers.” Sasha LaPointe judged. They each received $1,000, and their winning works will be published in the Fall/Winter 2024 issue of Bellingham Review. The annual awards are given for a poem, a short story, and a work of creative nonfiction. The next deadline is March 15, 2024.
Bellingham Review, Literary Awards, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Mail Stop 9053, Bellingham, WA 98225. Alex Phengsavath, Managing Editor.
Booker Prize Foundation
International Booker Prize
Fiction writer Georgi Gospodinov and translator Angela Rodel, both of Sofia, won the 2023 International Booker Prize for Rodel’s translation from the Bulgarian of Gospodinov’s novel Time Shelter (Liveright). They each received £25,000 (approximately $31,844). The finalists were Eva Baltasar of Cardedeu, Spain, and Julia Sanches of Providence for Sanches’s translation from the Catalan of Baltasar’s novel Boulder (And Other Stories); Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox, both of Provence, France, for Philcox’s translation from the French of Condé’s novel The Gospel According to the New World (World Editions); GauZ’ of Côte d’Ivoire and Frank Wynne of London for Wynne’s translation from the French of GauZ’s novel Standing Heavy (MacLehose Press); Cheon Myeong-kwan of Yongin-si, South Korea, and Chi-Young Kim of Los Angeles for Kim’s translation from the Korean of Myeong-kwan’s novel Whale (Archipelago); and Guadalupe Nettel of Mexico City and Rosalind Harvey of Coventry, England, for Harvey’s translation from the Spanish of Nettel’s novel Still Born (Fitzcarraldo Editions). The authors and translators each received £2,500 (approximately $3,184). Uilleam Blacker, Tan Twan Eng, Parul Sehgal, Leïla Slimani, and Frederick Studemann 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. The deadline for books published between May 1, 2023, and November 30, 2023, has already passed; the deadline for books published between December 1, 2023, and April 30, 2024, is January 13, 2024.
Booker Prize Foundation, International Booker Prize, Somerset House, Strand, London, England WC2R 1LA.
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards
Jhani Randawa of Pasadena, California, won the 92nd annual California Book Awards gold medal in poetry for their collection, Time Regime (Gaudy Boy). Chelsea Bieker of Fresno, California, won the gold medal in fiction for her novel Heartbroke (Catapult). Leila Mottley of Oakland won the gold medal in first fiction for her novel, Nightcrawling (Knopf). Adam Hochschild of Berkeley, California, won the gold medal in nonfiction for his book, American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis (Mariner Books). Kim Stanley Robinson of Davis, California, won the gold medal in Californiana for his book The High Sierra: A Love Story (Little, Brown). William Brewer of Stanford, California, won the silver medal in first fiction for his novel, The Red Arrow (Knopf). Ingrid Rojas Contreras of San Francisco and Kelly Lytle Hernández of Los Angeles both won the silver medal in nonfiction; Contreras won for her memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds (Doubleday), and Hernández won for her book Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands (Norton). 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.
Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. email@example.com commonwealthclub.org/events/california-book-awards
Community of Literary Magazines & Presses
Solmaz Sharif of Berkeley, California, won the 9th annual Firecracker Award in poetry for her collection Customs (Graywolf Press). Zain Khalid of New York City won in fiction for his novel, Brother Alive (Grove Atlantic). Douglas Kearney of St. Paul won in creative nonfiction for his prose collection, Optic Subwoof (Wave Books). The winners received $2,000 each, to be split equally between the author and their respective press. Kemi Alabi, Jenny Gropp, and Komal Mathew judged in poetry; Karen Maeda Allman, Kristen Arnett, and Vauhini Vara judged in fiction; and Cinelle Barnes, Daisy Hernández, and Emerson Whitney judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published by an independent press in the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Lord Nose Award
Christine Holbert of Liberty Lake, Washington, won the 2023 Lord Nose Award for her work as founding director and publisher of Lost Horse Press. She received $1,000. The annual award is given to an editor or publisher “in recognition of a lifetime of superlative work in literary publishing.” There is no application process.
Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, 154 Christopher Street, Suite 3C, New York, NY, 10014. (212) 741-9110, ext. 16.
Robert Clinton of Dedham, Massachusetts, won the 2023 Crosswinds Poetry Contest for “Still, Bison Are Bowing.” He received $1,000, and his poem was published in Crosswinds. Alexandria Peary judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. (See Deadlines.)
Crosswinds, Poetry Contest, 10 Algonquin Drive, Middletown, RI 02842. (401) 239-6430.
DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram of College Park, Maryland, won the 2023 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest for their poetry collection A Black Story May Contain Sensitive Content. They received $1,000, and their chapbook will be published by New Michigan Press in February 2024. Ander Monson judged. The annual award is given for a chapbook of poetry, prose, or hybrid work. The next deadline is April 26, 2024.
DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, Chapbook Contest, University of Arizona, English Department, P.O. Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721. Ander Monson, Editor.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Greg Lobas of Columbus, North Carolina, won the 2022 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for Left of Center. He received $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 author copies, as well as two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer and a two-night stay at the Dogfish Inn. Michael Glaser judged. The annual award was given for a poetry chapbook. The contest has been discontinued.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, c/o Broadkill River Press, P.O. Box 63, Milton, DE 19968. Linda Blaskey, Contest Coordinator.
James Dickey Prize for Poetry
Bruce Bond of Denton, Texas, won the 2022–2023 James Dickey Prize for a group of poems. He received $1,000, and his poems will be published in Volume 22, No. 2 of Five Points. The annual award is given for a group of poems.
Five Points, James Dickey Prize for Poetry, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 3999, Atlanta, GA 30302. Megan Sexton, Editor.
Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Contest
CB Anderson of Boston won the 2022 Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Contest for her story collection Blue Lion Days. She received $1,000, and her chapbook will be published by Florida Review in April 2024. Melanie Bishop judged. The annual award is given for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative.
Florida Review, Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Contest, University of Central Florida, English Department, P.O. Box 161346, Orlando, FL 32816. David James Poissant, Editor.
Iowa Review Awards
Eliza Gilbert of New York City won the 2023 Iowa Review Award in poetry for “Self Portrait as First Death of a War Movie” and two other poems. Gracie Newman of Austin won the award in fiction for her story “Family Video.” Brandon Taylor judged. Rochel Golstein of New York City won the award in creative nonfiction for her essay “The Stain.” The winners each received $1,500 and publication in the Winter 2023 issue of Iowa Review. Lauren Haldeman judged in poetry, Brandon Taylor judged in fiction, and Sarah Minor judged in nonfiction. The annual awards are given for short works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The next deadline is January 31, 2024.
Iowa Review, Iowa Review Awards, University of Iowa, 308 English-Philosophy Building, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-0462. Lynne Nugent, Editor in Chief.
Tartt Fiction Award
Adam Berlin of New York City won the 2022 Tartt Fiction Award for All Around They’re Taking Down the Lights. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Livingston Press in May 2024. He will also receive 60 author copies. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a first collection of short stories.
Changing Light Prize
Michael Wiley of Jacksonville, Florida, won the 2023 Changing Light Prize for Find Your Own Way Home. He received $500, and his book will be published by Livingston Press in May 2024. He will also receive 60 author copies. Eleanor Boudreau and Joe Taylor judged. The annual award is given for a novel-in-verse. The next deadline is May 31, 2024.
Livingston Press, University of West Alabama, 100 N. Washington Street, Station 22, Livingston, AL 35470. Joe Taylor, Director.
Novel Excerpt Contest
Robyn Jefferson of Bristol, England, won the second Novel Excerpt Contest for a section of “Calling Out.” She received $3,000, online publication in Masters Review, and an hour-long consultation with Halley Dunne Parry of the Hamilburg Agency. Charmaine Craig judged. The annual award is given for an excerpt of an unpublished novel or novel-in-progress by an emerging writer. The next deadline is November 12, 2024.
Winter Short Story Award for New Writers
Donovan Swift of Collingswood, New Jersey, won the 2022–2023 Winter Short Story Award for New Writers for “Advanced Reader.” He received $3,000, an agency review, and upcoming publication in Masters Review. Morgan Talty judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is January 31, 2024.
Masters Review, 70 SW Century Drive, Suite 100442, Bend, OR 97702. Chelsea D’Errico, Marketing Director.
Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry
Caroline Harper New of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won the 2023 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry for A History of Half-Birds. She received $10,000, and her collection will be published by Milkweed Editions in January 2024. Maggie Smith judged. The annual award was given for a poetry collection by a resident of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. The contest has been discontinued.
Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. (612) 332-3192. Bailey Hutchinson, Associate Editor.
Munster Literature Centre
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition
Jenny Mitchell of London won the 2023 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition for “When Our Mother Dies.” She received €2,000 (approximately $2,192) and publication of her poem in Issue 44 of Southword. She also gave a featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland, in May. Suji Kwock Kim judged. The annual award is given for a single poem.
Munster Literature Centre, Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Frank O’Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland T12 X802.
Nimrod International Journal
Neruda and Porter Prizes
Jeevan Anthony Narney of Oro Valley, Arizona, won the 45th annual Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry for “An Adoptee Abecedarian” and other poems. He received $2,000. Diana Cao of Cambridge, Massachusetts, won the $1,000 second-place prize for “Sick Days: Sonnet Corona.” Carol Dines of Minneapolis won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for “On Ice.” She received $2,000. Dashka Slater of Oakland won the $1,000 second-place prize for “The Ruddy Fruits That Still Remain.” 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, 2024.
Nimrod International Journal, Neruda and Porter Prizes, University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. (918) 631-3080. Eilis O’Neal, Editor in Chief.
Edwidge Danticat of Miami won the 2023 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Danticat, whose most recent story collection is Everything Inside (Knopf, 2019), received $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in parternship with American University in Washington, D.C., in December. The annual award “recognizes writers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the short story form.” There is no application process.
PEN/Faulkner Foundation, 6218 Georgia Avenue NW, Unit #1062, Washington, D.C. 20011. Sarah Silberman, Awards and Literary Programs Director.
Poetry Society of America
Four Quartets Prize
Courtney Faye Taylor of Atlanta won the 2023 Four Quartets Prize for Concentrate (Graywolf Press). She will receive $21,000. The finalists were Brenda Hillman of Berkeley, California, for “The Sickness & the World Soul” from her collection In a Few Minutes Before Later (Wesleyan University Press) and Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué of Philadelphia for Madness (Nightboat Books). They each received $1,000. Terrance Hayes, Hoa Nguyen, and Geoffrey G. O’Brien judged. The annual award is given for “a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the United States” in the previous year.
Poetry Society of America, Four Quartets Prize, 119 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (212) 254-9628.
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award
Poet David Ehmcke of Sioux City, Iowa, and fiction writer Jesus “Chuy” Renteria of Iowa City won the 2023 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. They each received $500; a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming; and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with agents, editors, and prominent writers. They also gave a public reading in September. Megan Fernandes judged in poetry and Alejandro Varela judged in fiction. The annual award is given to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state; the 2023 state was Iowa. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Poets & Writers, Inc., Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004. (212) 226-3586, ext. 222. Thierry Kehou, Director of Programs and Partnerships.
Prime Number Magazine Awards
Fred Gallagher of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the 2023 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry for “Only in the Poem.” Jasmine Sawers of Collinsville, Illinois, won the short fiction award for “Tea With the Queen.” They each received $1,000 and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 241. Felicia Mitchell 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, 2024.
Press 53, Prime Number Magazine Awards, 560 N. Trade Street, Suite 103, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. (336) 770-5353. Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher.
Red Hen Press
Cai Emmons Fiction Award
Khanh Ha of Silver Spring, Maryland, won the 2022 Fiction Award for The Afterlife of a Threadbare Jester. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Red Hen Press in spring 2026. Dariel Suarez judged. The annual award is given for a story collection, a novel, or a novella.
Quill Prose Award
Cherry Potts of London won the 2022 Quill Prose Award for her novel The Bog Mermaid. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Red Hen Press in 2025. Elizabeth Bradfield judged. The annual award is given for a story or essay collection, a novel, or a hybrid work of prose by a queer writer.
Red Hen Press, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. (626) 406-1203. Shelby Wallace, Production Editor.
Morton and McCarthy Prizes
Lauren K. Watel of Decatur, Georgia, won the 2023 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry for Book of Potions. an chang joon of Seoul and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, won the 2023 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for God-Disease. They each received $2,000, and their collections will be published by Sarabande Books. Ilya Kaminsky judged in poetry and Manuel Muñoz judged in fiction. The annual awards are given for collections of poetry and short fiction. The next deadline is February 15, 2024.
Danielle Pafunda of Rochester, New York, won the 2023 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize for Along the Road Everyone Must Travel. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by Saturnalia Books in spring 2025. Hoa Nguyen judged. Nicole Callihan of New York City and Jonathan Chou of Cambridge, Massachusetts, won the 2023 Alma Book Awards; Callihan won for SLIP and Chou won for Resemblance/與. They each received $1,000, and their books will be published by Saturnalia Books in spring 2025. The editors judged. The annual awards are given for poetry collections. The next deadline is March 15, 2024.
Saturnalia Books, Poetry Prizes, 105 Woodside Road, Ardmore, PA 19003. Timothy Liu, Editor and Publisher.
Poetry Chapbook Contest
J.R. Thelin of Charlottesville, Virginia, won the 2023 Poetry Chapbook Competition for Those Last Few Moments of Light: Poems of the Dead Boy. He received $1,000, publication of his chapbook by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook.
Slipstream Press, Poetry Chapbook Contest, Dept. W-1, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize
Mark Smith-Soto of Greensboro, North Carolina, won the 2023 Guy Owen Prize for “Segue.” He received $1,000, and his poem was published in Volume 61, Issue 1 of Southern Poetry Review. George David Clark judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is May 31, 2024.
Southern Poetry Review, Guy Owen Prize, English Department, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419. (912) 344-3196. James Smith, Editor. southernpoetryreview.org
Spoon River Poetry Review
Marissa Davis of New York City won the 2023 Editors’ Prize for “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dead Fish.” She received $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review. Jonah Mixon-Webster judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is April 15, 2024.
Spoon River Poetry Review, Editors’ Prize, Illinois State University, 4241 Publications Unit, Normal, IL 61790. Steve Halle, Editor.
Story Foundation Prize
Becky Hagenston of Starkville, Mississippi, won the fourth annual Story Foundation Prize for “Woman of the House.” She received $1,500, and her story was published in the Summer 2023 issue of Story. The annual award is given for a short story.
Story, Story Foundation Prize, 312 E Kelso Road, Columbus, OH 43202. (314) 614-8759. Michael Nye, Editor in Chief.
100-Word Writing Contest
Sienna Morris of Dallas won the April 2023 Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest for “Mama would make….” She received $1,000 and publication on the Tadpole Press website. The biannual award is given for a work of flash poetry or prose no more than 100 words in length. The next deadline is November 30.
Tadpole Press, 100-Word Writing Contest. (303) 668-8812.
Thin Air Magazine
Bird in Your Hands Prize
Kenneth Robert Chacón of Fresno, California, won the third annual Bird in Your Hands Prize for his poem “A Love Supreme; or, Giant Steps.” He received $1,000, publication in Thin Air Magazine, and an interview with Thin Air Online. He also gave a virtual reading at the Northern Arizona Book Festival in April. Samir Talib judged. The annual award is given for a poem, a short story, or an essay written by a BIPOC writer.
Thin Air Magazine, Bird in Your Hands Prize, 705 S Beaver Street, Office #134, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Lindsey Gallagher, Editor in Chief.
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Poetry Prize
Alison Thumel of Stanford, California, won the 2024 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for Architect. She received $5,000, and her book will be published by University of Arkansas Press in March 2024. Patricia Smith judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is September 30, 2024.
University of Arkansas Press, Miller Williams Poetry Prize, Poetry Series, 105 North McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701. (479) 575-7258.
University of Massachusetts Press
Saara Myrene Raappana of Marshall, Minnesota, and Jennifer Tseng of Santa Cruz, California, won the 2023 Juniper Prizes in Poetry. Raappana won for her collection Chamber After Chamber, and Tseng won for her collection Not So Dear Jenny. Linda N. Masi of Lubbock, Texas, and Terese Svoboda of Southampton, New York, won the prizes in fiction. Masi won for her debut novel, Fine Dreams, and Svoboda won for her short story collection The Long Swim. Michelle Ephraim of Worcester, Massachusetts, won the prize in creative nonfiction for her book Green World: A Tragicomic Memoir of Love and Shakespeare. They each received $1,000, and their books will be published by University of Massachusetts Press in spring 2024. Emily Hunt, Robin McLean, and Jeff Parker judged. 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, 2024.
University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prizes, 671 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003.
University of Tampa Press
Danahy Fiction Prize
Shayla Bruin of Chicago won the 2023 Danahy Fiction Prize for “Security.” She received $1,000, and her story will be published in Issue 66 of Tampa Review. Evan James judged. The annual award is given for a short story.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
Tess Gunty of Los Angeles won the 22nd annual Cabell First Novelist Award for The Rabbit Hutch (Knopf). She received $5,000 and will participate in an award event in November. A committee of VCU faculty and MFA candidates judged. The annual award is given for a debut novel published during the previous year.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award, c/o VCU English Department, Hibbs Building, Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Celia Cummiskey, Contact.
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Beth Ann Fennelly of Oxford, Mississippi, won the 2023 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest for her poem “Epistle to My Lord Concerning My Sons’ Future Spouses.” She received $2,000, a gift certificate for two years of literary information services from Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website. Ellie Black of Oxford, Mississippi, won the second-place prize for “On Being the Glamorous Blonde Villain From All Those Nineties Kids’ Movies.” She 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, 2024.
Winning Writers, Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, Suite B PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. (413) 320-1847. Adam Cohen, President.