American Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.” Submit two copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Before Columbus Foundation, American Book Awards, Raymond House, 655 13th Street, Suite 302, Oakland, CA 94612. (510) 268-9775.

California Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 22, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a book of fiction or nonfiction that relates to California. Publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2017 by December 22. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 597-5939.

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
December 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ohio University Press, Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio University, Alden Library 101, 30 Park Place, Athens, OH 45701. (740) 593-1160.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 29, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$500

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the "cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora." Publishers may nominate books published in 2017 by December 29. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Literary Awards, Hampton University, Harvey Library, 130 East Tyler Street, Hampton, VA 23668. (757) 727-5185. Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair.

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Chautauqua Prize

Deadline: 
December 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$75
Cash Prize: 
$7,500

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Authors, publishers, agents, or readers may submit eight copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 with a $75 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Prize, P.O. Box 28, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua, NY 14722. (716) 357-6376. Sara Toth, Contact. 

Dorset Prize

Deadline: 
December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$28
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tupelo Press, Dorset Prize, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247. Jeffrey Levine, Publisher.

Rilke Prize

Deadline: 
November 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in April 2018. U.S. poets who have published at least two previous poetry collections are eligible. The poetry faculty of the University of North Texas will judge. Authors, editors, or publishers may submit three copies of a book published between November 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

University of North Texas, Rilke Prize, English Department, 1155 Union Circle #311307, Denton, TX 76203.

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Best Translated Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning author will receive $5,000; the translator or translators will receive $5,000. Submit five copies of a translated poetry collection published in 2017 by December 31 or nine copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Three Percent, Best Translated Book Awards, Open Letter Books, University of Rochester, Dewey Hall 2-219, Box 278968, Rochester, NY 14627. (585) 319-0823. Chad Post, Director.

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Poetry Award

Deadline: 
December 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Poetry Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. Robert Giron, Editor.

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Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

Deadline: 
November 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000, publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee ($20 for NFSPS members) by November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Wilda Morris, Stevens Competition Chair.

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