September/October 2021 - Recent Winners

African Poetry Book Fund
Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry
Maneo Refiloe Mohale of Johannesburg, South Africa, won the 2020 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry for Everything Is a Deathly Flower (uHlanga, 2019). They received $1,000. Phillippa Yaa de Villiers judged. The annual award is given for a book of poetry by an African poet published in the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
African Poetry Book Fund, Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, University of Nebraska, 110 Andrews Hall, P.O. Box 880334, Lincoln, NE 68588. (402) 472-0911. Siwar Masannat, Managing Editor.
africanpoetrybf@unl.edu
africanpoetrybf.unl.edu

Alice James Books
Alice James Award
Ina Cariño of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the 2021 Alice James Award for FEAST. They received $2,000, and their book will be published by Alice James Books in March 2023. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Alice James Books, Alice James Award, 114 Prescott Street, Farmington, ME 04938. (207) 778-7071.
info@alicejamesbooks.org
alicejamesbooks.org/submit

A Public Space
A Public Space Writing Fellowships
Fiction writers Kate Doyle of Ithaca, New York, and Gustavo Rueda of Chicago, and nonfiction writer Jazmine Harris of Chicago received the 2021 A Public Space Writing Fellowships. They each received $1,000, a six-month mentorship with the editors to prepare a piece for publication in A Public Space, and the opportunity to meet with publishing professionals and participate in a public reading. The annual fellowships are given to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The next deadline is January 31, 2022.
A Public Space, A Public Space Writing Fellowships, P.O. Box B, New York, NY 10159 (718) 858-8067.
general@apublicspace.org
apublicspace.org

Asheville Poetry Review 
William Matthews Poetry Prize
Sean Webb of Philadelphia won the 2021 William Matthews Poetry Prize for “American Genesis.” He received $1,000, and his poem will be published in Volume 28, Issue 31 of Asheville Poetry Review. He also received an invitation to give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Quincy Troupe judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is January 15, 2022.
Asheville Poetry Review, William Matthews Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 7086, Asheville, NC 28802. Keith Flynn, Managing Editor.
ashevillepoetryreview.com

Austin Community College
Balcones Prizes
Heid E. Erdrich of Minneapolis won the 24th annual Balcones Poetry Prize for her poetry collection Little Big Bully (Penguin Books). ire’ne lara silva judged. Fowzia Karimi of Denton, Texas, won the 11th annual Balcones Fiction Prize for her novel Above Us the Milky Way (Deep Vellum). Chaitali Sen judged. The winners each received $1,500. The annual awards honor a book of poetry and a book of fiction published during the previous year. The next deadline is January 31, 2022.
Austin Community College, Balcones Prizes, Creative Writing Department, 6101 Highland Campus Drive, Austin,
TX 78752.
austincc.edu/crw

Bellingham Review
Literary Awards
Andrea Hollander of Portland, Oregon, won the 2021 49th Parallel Award for Poetry for “The Thinking.” Jessica Jacobs judged. Keya Mitra of Portland, Oregon, won the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction for “Immigrant Delay Disease.” Kristiana Kahakauwila judged. Lisa Nikolidakis of Tallahassee, Florida, won the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction for “Whale Song for the Weary.” Sarah Einstein judged. They each received $1,000, and their winning works will be published in the Spring 2022 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, 2022.
Bellingham Review, Literary Awards, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Mail Stop 9053, Bellingham, WA 98225. Stephen Haines, Managing Editor.
bellingham.review@wwu.edu
bhreview.org

Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
Stephanie Anderson of Boca Raton, Florida, won the 2020 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, and wisdom, and sheds light on issues of social justice.” As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Blue Mountain Center, Richard
J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 100 William Street, Suite 220, Wellesley, MA 02481.
award@margolis.com
margolisaward.org

Boulevard
Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Jonathan Wei of Austin, Texas, won the third annual Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers for “The King’s Game.” He received $1,000, and his essay was published in the Spring 2021 issue of Boulevard. The annual award is given for an essay by a writer who has not published a full-length book in any genre with a nationally distributed press.
(See Deadlines.)
Boulevard, Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers, 3829 Hartford Street, Saint Louis, MO 63116. Jessica Rogen, Editor.
boulevardmagazine.org

Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Shirley Jones Luke of Boston won the 2020 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award for “Juxtaposing the Black Girl & the Abuse.” She received $2,500 and publication in Voices From the Attic. Jan Beatty judged. The annual award is given for a single poem by a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. (See Deadlines.)
Carlow University, Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. (412) 578-6346. Jan Beatty and Sarah Williams-Devereux, Contacts.
dobleraward@carlow.edu
carlow.edu/about/madwomen-in-the-attic/dobler-poetry-award

Cave Canem Foundation
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
Brionne Janae of New York City won the 2020 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Blessed are the Peacemakers. They will receive $1,000, publication by Northwestern University Press, and a public reading in spring 2022. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon judged. The biennial award is given for a second book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize
Wale Ayinla of Lagos, Nigeria, won the 2020 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for To Cast a Dream. He received $500 and publication by Jai-Alai Books. He will also give a reading as part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival’s online programming. Mahogany L. Browne judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. (See Deadlines.)
Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 858-0000.
cavecanempoets.org/prizes

Center for Book Arts
Poetry Chapbook Competition
Bianca Rae Messinger of Buffalo, New York, won the 26th annual Poetry Chapbook Competition for parallel bars. She received $500, publication of her chapbook by Center for Book Arts, and a weeklong residency at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York. Simone White judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. The next deadline is December 15.
Center for Book Arts, Poetry Chapbook Competition, 28 West 27th Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10001.
centerforbookarts.org/annual-chapbook-competition

Center for Literary Publishing
Colorado Prize for Poetry
Leonora Simonovis of San Diego, California, won the 27th annual Colorado Prize for Poetry for Study of the Raft. She received $2,000, and her book will be published in November by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. Sherwin Bitsui judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is January 14, 2022.
Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado Prize for Poetry, Colorado State University, 9105 Campus Delivery, Ft. Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G’Schwind, Director.
coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-prize-for-poetry

Cloudbank Books
Vern Rustsala Book Prize
John Kooistra of Fairbanks, Alaska, won the 2021 Vern Rutsala Book Prize for his poetry collection, Long Voyage Gathering Light. He received $1,000, and his book was published by Cloudbank Books. Christopher Buckley judged. The annual award is given for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. (See Deadlines.)
Cloudbank Books, Vern Rutsala Book Prize, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339.
cloudbankbooks.com

Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
Danny Thiemann of Oakland won the 18th annual Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction for “One Bad Night in San Jose, Costa Rica.” He received $2,000, and his story was published in the Colorado Review. T. Geronimo Johnson judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is March 14, 2022.
Colorado Review, Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, Colorado State University, 9105 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G’Schwind, Director.
coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize

Crazyhorse
Writing Prizes
Mark Wagenaar of Raleigh, North Carolina, won the 2021 Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize for “Sentence.” Yona Harvey judged. Mary Clark of Baltimore won the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for “Steppie.” Rumaan Alam judged. Jung Hae Chae of South Orange, New Jersey, won the Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize for “Hole(s).” Sabrina Orah Mark judged. They each received $2,000 and publication in Issue 100 of Crazyhorse. The annual awards are given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The next deadline is January 31, 2022.
Crazyhorse, Writing Prizes, College of Charleston, English Department, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424. Jonathan Bohr Heinen, Managing Editor.
crazyhorse@cofc.edu
crazyhorse.cofc.edu

Elixir Press
Poetry Award
John Sibley Williams of Milwaukie, Oregon, won the 21st annual Elixir Press Poetry Award for The Drowning House. He received $2,000, and his book will be published by Elixir Press. John Nieves judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Elixir Press, Poetry Award, P.O. Box 27029, Denver, CO 80227. Dana Curtis, Editor.
info@elixirpress.com
elixirpress.com

Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award
Victoria Blanco of Minneapolis won the 2021 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award. She received $5,000 to work on her creative nonfiction manuscript “Up From the Desert.” Established to honor the memory of Ellen Meloy, the annual award provides support to creative nonfiction writers “whose work reflects the spirit and passion for the desert embodied in Meloy’s writing” to spend time in a desert environment. The next deadline is January 15, 2022.
Ellen Meloy Fund, Desert Writers Award, P.O. Box 288, Helena, MT 59624.
info@ellenmeloy.com
ellenmeloy.com

Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
Adria Bernardi of Nashville won the 2021 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her novel Benefit Street. She received $15,000, and her book will be published by Fiction Collective Two. Joyelle McSweeney judged. The annual award is given for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel by a writer who has published at least three books of fiction. (See Deadlines.)
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest
Victoria Hood of Old Town, Maine, won the 2021 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for her story collection, My Haunted Home. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by Fiction Collective Two. Vi Khi Nao judged. The annual award is given for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. (See Deadlines.)
Fiction Collective Two, University of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. (773) 702-7000.
fc2.org/prizes

Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
Maura Stanton of Bloomington, Indiana, won the 2020 Open Chapbook Competition for Interiors. She received $1,000, and her chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. (See Deadlines.)
Finishing Line Press, Open Chapbook Competition, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. Chris Kincaid, Editor.
finishingbooks@aol.com
finishinglinepress.com

Fordham University at Lincoln Center 
Poetic Justice Institute Prizes
Jennifer Atkinson of Fairfax, Virginia, won the 2020–2021 Poetic Justice Institute Prize for A Gray Realm the Ocean. Alison Powell of Berkley, Michigan, won the Poetic Justice Institute Editor’s Prize for Boats in the Attic. They each received $1,000, publication by Fordham University Press in fall 2022, and will headline a reading event at the Poetic Justice Institute Festival in New York City. Patricia Spears Jones judged the Poetic Justice Institute Prize and Elisabeth Frost judged the Poetic Justice Institute Editor’s Prize. The annual awards, formerly known as the Poets Out Loud Prizes, are given for poetry collections.
Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Poetic Justice Institute Prizes, 113 West 60th Street, Room 924i, New York, NY 10023. (212) 636-6792. Elisabeth Frost, Series Editor.
poetic-justice.org

Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award
Barnaby Conrad III of Accomac, Virginia, won the Summer 2021 Supernatural Fiction Award for “Two Heads Are Better Than One.” He received $1,500, and his story was published on the Ghost Story website and in Volume II of the print anthology 21st Century Ghost Stories. The editors judged. The award is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. (See Deadlines.)
Ghost Story, Supernatural Fiction Award, P.O. Box 601, Union, ME 04862. Paul Guernsey, Editor.
theghoststory.com/tgs-fiction-award

John Pollard Foundation
International Poetry Prize
Diane Louie of Paris won the 2021 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize for Fractal Shores (University of Georgia Press, 2020). She received €10,000 (approximately $14,150). Philip Coleman, Vona Groarke, Alice Lyons, and Eoin McNamee judged. The annual award is given for a debut poetry collection published during the previous year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
John Pollard Foundation, International Poetry Prize, Trinity Oscar Wilde Center, 21 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland. Sophia Ní Sheoin, Centre Senior Executive Officer.
wilde@tcd.ie
tcd.ie/OWC/john-pollard-prize/

LitMag
Virginia Woolfe Award for Short Fiction
Laura Selene Rockefeller of Boston won the 2021 Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for “The Woman on the Point.” She received $2,500. Her story will be published in LitMag and reviewed by agents Lisa Bankoff (Bankoff Collaborative), Jenny Bent (Bent Agency), Sonali Chanchani and Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management), Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman), David Forrer (Inkwell Management), Nat Sobel (Sobel Weber Associates), and Monika Woods (Triangle House). The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is December 31.
Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction
Chloe Chun Seim of Lawrence, Kansas, won the 2021 Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction for “Taco Bell Is Coming for Gypsum, Kansas.” She received $1,250. Her story will be published in LitMag and was reviewed by agents Jenny Bent (Bent Agency), Sonali Chanchani and Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management), Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman), David Forrer (Inkwell Management), Nat Sobel (Sobel Weber Associates), and Monika Woods (Triangle House). The annual award is given for a work of flash fiction. (See Deadlines.)
LitMag, Greeley Square Station, P.O. Box 20091, New York, NY 10001.
info@litmag.com
litmag.com

Loft Literary Center
McKnight Artist Fellowships
Fiction writers Abbey Mei Otis of Minneapolis and Carson Faust of Hopkins, and nonfiction writers Angela Pelster and Heather Quinn, both of Saint Paul, received 2021 McKnight Artist Fellowships. They each received $25,000. Hanif Abdurraqib judged. The annual fellowships are given to Minnesota writers who have published at least one book or work in several journals. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Loft Literary Center, McKnight Artist Fellowships, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
loft.org

Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prizes
Marissa Davis of New York City won the 2021 Mississippi Review Prize in poetry for “Proclamations.” Fei Sun of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, won in fiction for “Shadow.” Anna Leahy of Orange, California, won in nonfiction for “Ordinary Pandemonium: A Story of Noise.” They each received $1,000 and publication in the Mississippi Review. Adam Clay judged. The annual awards are given for a group of poems, a story, and an essay. The next deadline is January 1, 2022.
Mississippi Review, Mississippi Review Prizes, 118 College Drive, #5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. (601) 266-4321. Adam Clay, Editor in Chief.
msreview@usm.edu
mississippireview.com

New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships
Poet Michael Prior of Saint Paul; fiction writers David Wright Faladé of Urbana, Illinois, Jonas Hassen Khemiri of Stockholm, Maaza Mengiste of New York City, Josephine Rowe of Melbourne, Australia, and Madeleine Thien of Montreal; and nonfiction writers Rich Benjamin of Washington, D.C., Lewis Hyde of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Avi Steinberg of Ann Arbor, Michigan, received 2021–2022 Cullman Center Fellowships. They will each receive $75,000, an office in the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and full access to the library’s physical and electronic resources from September 2021 to May 2022. The annual fellowships are given to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and scholars whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library. (See Deadlines.)
New York Public Library, Cullman Center Fellowships, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018.
nypl.org/csw

Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation
Nina Riggs Poetry Award
Reginald Dwayne Betts of New Haven, Connecticut, won the 2021 Nina Riggs Poetry Award for “Blood History,” which was originally published in the Paris Review. He received $1,000. Maggie Smith judged. The annual award is given for a single poem that examines relationships, family, or domestic life that was published in a book or magazine within the last three years. (See Deadlines.)
Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation, Nina Riggs Poetry Award, c/o Cave Wall Press, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429. (336) 324-2946. Rhett Iseman Trull, President.
editor@cavewallpress.com
cavewallpress.com/ninaaward.html

Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
Sara Henning of Nacogdoches, Texas, won the 2021 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for Terra Incognita. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Ohio University Press in spring 2022. Rebecca Morgan Frank judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is December 1.
Ohio University Press, Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, 30 Park Place, Alden Library, Suite 101, Athens, OH 45701.
ohioswallow.com/poetry_prize

Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
Rachel Eliza Griffiths of New York City won the 2021 Paterson Poetry Prize for Seeing the Body (Norton). She received $1,000. The annual award is given for a poetry collection published in the previous year. The next deadline is February 1, 2022.
Passaic County Community College, Paterson Poetry Prize, Poetry Center, One College Boulevard, Paterson, NJ 07505. (973) 684-6555.
sdesai@pccc.edu
poetrycenterpccc.com

PEN America
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Fourteen writers received 2021 Emerging Voices Fellowships from PEN America. They are poets Nefertiti Asanti of Oakland, KB of Austin, Texas, Kimberly Nguyen of New York City, and Adrienne Oliver of Charlottesville, Virginia; fiction writers Jerakah Greene of Tulsa, Stephan Sebastian Herrera of New York City, Joanna Hong of Los Angeles, Rochelle Marrett of Detroit, Tochukwu Okafor of Worcester, Massachusetts; and nonfiction writers Lisa Lee Herrick of Fresno, California, Shanda McManus of Fair Haven, New Jersey, Jenise Miller of Compton, California, Ofelia Montelongo of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Lilly U. Nguyen of San Diego, California. They will each receive $1,000, a five-month professional mentorship with an established writer, and introductions to editors, agents, and publishers. They will also participate in workshops on editing, marketing, and building a professional platform. The annual awards are given to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
PEN America, Emerging Voices Fellowships, 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012.
ev@pen.org
pen.org/emerging-voices-fellowship

PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Award for Fiction
Deesha Philyaw of Pittsburgh won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for her story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press). She received $15,000. The finalists were Matthew Salesses of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for his novel Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A); Rufi Thorpe of Los Angeles for her novel The Knockout Queen (Knopf); Robin Wasserman of Los Angeles for her novel Mother Daughter Widow Wife (Scribner); and Steve Wiegenstein of Columbia, Missouri, for his story collection, Scattered Lights (Cornerpost Press). They each received $5,000. Charles Finch, Bernice L. McFadden, and Alexi Zentner judged. The annual award is given for a work of fiction by a U.S. writer published in the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Award for Fiction, 6218 Georgia Avenue NW, Unit #1062, Washington, D.C. 20011. Shahenda Helmy, Director of Literary Programs.
awards@penfaulkner.org
penfaulkner.org

Poetry Society of America
Four Quartets Prize
John Murillo of New York City won the 2021 Four Quartets Prize for his poem “A Refusal to Mourn the Deaths, by Gunfire, of Three Men in Brooklyn” from his collection Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books, 2020). Murillo will receive $21,000. The finalists were Don Mee Choi of Seattle for DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020) and Srikanth Reddy of Chicago for Underworld Lit (Wave Books, 2020). The finalists will each receive $1,000. The annual award, cosponsored by the T. S. Eliot Foundation, is given for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the United States during the previous year. Carolyn Forché, Donika Kelly, and Arthur Sze judged. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Shelley Memorial Award
Arthur Sze of Santa Fe won the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award. Sze, whose most recent poetry collection is The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), received $10,000. Ben Olguín and Vijay Seshadri judged. The annual award is given to a poet selected with reference to their “genius and need.” There is no application process.
Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003.
poetrysociety.org

Press 53
Award for Short Fiction
Jennifer S. Davis of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, won the 2021 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction for A Red Dirt Road. She received $1,000, publication of her book by Press 53, and 50 author copies. Kevin Morgan Watson judged. The annual award is given for a short story collection. The next deadline is December 31.
Press 53, Award for Short Fiction, 560 North Trade Street, Suite 103, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. (336) 770-5353. Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher.
press53.com/award-for-short-fiction

Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards
Natalie Diaz of Mohave Valley, Arizona, won the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry for her collection Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press). Mark Bibbins of New York City won the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry for his collection 13th Balloon (Copper Canyon Press). Julia Serano of Oakland won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction for her novel, 99 Erics (Switch Hitter Press). Juli Delgado Lopera of San Francisco won the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction for their novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press). Jenn Shapland of Santa Fe won the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction for her memoir, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House). Eric Cervini of Los Angeles won the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction for his history The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Hil Malatino of State College, Pennsylvania, won the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature for his nonfiction book Trans Care (University of Minnesota Press). Each winner received $1,000. Robert Fieseler of New Orleans won the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, given to a LGBTQ writer who has published one to two books. He received $1,500. The annual awards honor books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by LGBTQ authors, or with LGBTQ themes, published in the United States or Canada during the previous year. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Publishing Triangle, Literary Awards, 511 Avenue of the Americas, #D36, New York, NY 10011.
awards@publishingtriangle.org
publishingtriangle.org

Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Books
Natalie Diaz of Mohave Valley, Arizona, won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press). The finalists were Mei-mei Berssenbrugge of northern New Mexico and New York City for A Treatise on Stars (New Directions) and Carolyn Forché of Bethesda, Maryland, for In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press); Marilyn Chin, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Natasha Trethewey judged. Louise Erdrich of Minneapolis won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Night Watchman (Harper). The finalists were Daniel Mason of Stanford, California, for A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth (Little, Brown) and Percival Everett of Los Angeles for Telephone (Graywolf Press); Edwidge Danticat, Hernan Diaz, Catherine Morgan, Oscar Villalon, and Kenneth Warren judged. The late Les Payne and Tamara Payne of New York City received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in biography for The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (Liveright). The finalists were Heather Clark of Chappaqua, New York, and Yorkshire, England, for Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf) and Amy Stanley of Evanston, Illinois, for Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World (Scribner); Caroline Fraser, W. Caleb McDaniel, and Jeffrey C. Stewart judged. David Zucchino of Durham, North Carolina, won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy (Atlantic Monthly Press). The finalists were Cathy Park Hong of New York City for Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World) and Sierra Crane Murdoch of Hood River, Oregon, for Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country (Random House); Doreen Carvajal, Robin D. G. Kelley, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, John Leland, and Dorothy Roberts judged. The winners each received $15,000. The annual awards honor books by U.S. writers published in the United States during the previous year. (See Deadlines.)
Pulitzer Prizes, Prizes in Books, Columbia University, 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.
(212) 854-3841.
pulitzer@pulitzer.org
pulitzer.org

Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award
Anna V. Q. Ross of Dorchester, Massachusetts, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award for Flutter, Kick. She received $3,000, and her book will be published by Red Hen Press in spring 2023. Jeffrey Harrison judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
Fiction Award
Pete Hsu of El Monte, California, won the 2020 Fiction Award for If I Were the Ocean, I’d Carry You Home. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by Red Hen Press in fall 2022. Susan Straight judged. The biennial award is given for a story collection or novel. (See Deadlines.)
Quill Prose Award
Jessica Jopp of Indiana, Pennsylvania, won the 2020 Quill Award for her novel From the Longing Orchard. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by Red Hen Press in 2023. Amber Flame judged. The annual award is given for a story collection, novel, or essay collection by a queer writer. (See Deadlines.)
Red Hen Press, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. (626) 356-4760.
editorial@redhen.org
redhen.org

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Prize for Poetry
Tom Goff of Carmichael, California, won the 2021 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry for “‘Blind Tom’s’ Battle of Manassas.” He received $1,000. Kim Stafford judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next deadline is March 15, 2022.
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, Prize for Poetry, P.O. Box 223240, Carmel, CA 93922. (831) 624-1813. Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Coordinator.
thf@torhouse.org
torhouse.org

Story
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 publication in the Summer 2021 issue of Story. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a short story. The next deadline is December 15.
Story, Story Foundation Prize, 312 East Kelso Road, Columbus, OH 43202. (314) 614-8759. Michael Nye, Editor in Chief.
mpnye@storymagazine.org
storymagazine.org

Travelers’ Tales
Solas Award
Marcia DeSanctis of Bethlehem, Connecticut, won the 2021 Solas Awards Grand Prize for “Headlights.” She received $1,000 and publication in Volume 12 of The Best Women’s Travel Writing: True Stories From Around the World and on the Travelers’ Tales website. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a travel essay. (See Deadlines.)
Travelers’ Tales, Solas Award, 2320 Bowdoin Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
info@besttravelwriting.com
besttravelwriting.com

Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry
Nicholas Friedman of Syracuse, New York, won the 11th annual Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry for “Storylines.” He received $1,000 and an invitation to read at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Aaron Poochigian judged. The annual award is given for a single poem written in a metrical form. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm, Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry, c/o Robert Crawford, 280 Candia Road, Chester, NH 03036.
hylabrookpoets@gmail.com
frostfarmpoetry.org/prize

University of Georgia Press
Georgia Poetry Prize
Jasmine Elizabeth Smith of Redlands, California, won the 2020 Georgia Poetry Prize for South Flight. She received $1,000, and her book will be published by University of Georgia Press in February 2022. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
University of Georgia Press, Georgia Poetry Prize, Main Library, Third Floor, 320 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602.
ugapress.org

University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize
Austin Segrest of Appleton, Wisconsin, won the 2021 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry for Door to Remain. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by University of North Texas Press in April 2022. Karl Kirchwey judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (See Deadlines.)
University of North Texas Press, Vassar Miller Prize, 1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203. (940) 565-2142. Ron Chrisman, Director and Managing Editor.
untpress.unt.edu/authors/vassar-miller-submissions

University of Texas
Dobie Paisano Fellowships
Poet Laura Villareal of Lockhart, Texas, and fiction writer Odie Lindsey of Nashville each won a 2021 Dobie Paisano Fellowship. Villareal received the Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship, which includes a monthly stipend of $4,500 and a four-month stay at Paisano’s ranch, located fourteen miles southwest of Austin. Lindsey received the Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship, which includes a monthly stipend of $6,000 and a four-month stay at Dobie Paisano’s ranch. The annual fellowships, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, are given to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who have published significant work with a Texas subject. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
University of Texas, Dobie Paisano Fellowships, Graduate School, 110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400, Austin, TX 78712.
dobiepaisano.utexas.edu

University of Utah Press
Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry
Benjamin Gucciardi of Oakland won the 2020 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize for West Portal. He received $1,000, publication of his book by University of Utah Press, and $500 in travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Gabrielle Calvocoressi judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is April 15, 2022.
University of Utah Press, Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 South 1500 East, Suite 5400, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Hannah New, Contact.
hannah.new@utah.edu
uofupress.com/ali-poetry-prize.php

Verse
Tomaž Šalamun
Rachel Abramowitz of Santa Monica, California, won the 2021 Tomaž Šalamun Prize for The Puzzle Monster. She received $500, publication of her chapbook by Factory Hollow Press, and a monthlong residency at the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sawako Nakayasu judged. The annual award is given for a poetry chapbook. The next deadline is March 15, 2022.
Verse, Tomaz Salamun Prize, University of Richmond, English Department, Richmond, VA 23173. (804) 287-6431. Brian Henry, Editor.
factoryhollowpress.com/tomaz-salamun-prize

Whiting Foundation
Whiting Awards
Poet and nonfiction writer Joshua Bennett of Hanover, New Hampshire; 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.; and nonfiction writer Sarah Stewart Johnson of Washington, D.C., 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, 16 Court Street, Suite 2308, Brooklyn, NY 11241. (718) 701-5962.
info@whiting.org
whiting.org/writers/awards/current-winners

Zócalo Public Square
Book Prize
Jia Lynn Yang of New York City won the 11th annual Zócalo Book Prize for One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration 1924–1965 (Norton). She received $10,000 and was invited to give Zócalo Public Square’s virtual Book Prize Lecture in May. The annual award is given for a book of nonfiction published in the United States in the previous year that “most enhances our understanding of community and he forces that strengthen or undermine human connectedness and social cohesion.” As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Poetry Prize
Angelica Esquivel of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won the 10th annual Zócalo Poetry Prize for “La Mujer.” She received $1,000 and was invited to give a reading at Zócalo Public Square’s virtual Book Prize Lecture in May. The annual award is given for a single poem that “best evokes a connection to place.” As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.
Zócalo Public Square, 725 Arizona Avenue, Suite 404, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
zocalopublicsquare.org