42 Miles Poetry Award

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David Dodd Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 1. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

42 Miles Press, 42 Miles Poetry Award, Indiana University, English Department, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, P.O. Box 7111, South Bend, IN 46634.

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Sawtooth Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Tyrone Williams will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 1. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ahsahta Press, Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Boise State University, English Department, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725. Janet Holmes, Director.

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Award Series

Deadline: 
February 28, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$5,500

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Kim Addonizio will judge, and University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Sue Miller will judge, and University of Massachusetts Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; Zachary Lazar will judge, and New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; Gretel Ehrlich will judge, and University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($20 for AWP members). Using the online submission system, submit manuscripts between January 1 and February 28. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MSN 1E3, Fairfax, VA 22030. (703) 993-4301.

Book Awards

Deadline: 
February 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Binghamton University, Book Awards, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric, Library North Room 1149, Vestal Parkway East, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
February 10, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$2,500

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case of nonfiction, books with a Virginia theme, are eligible. Submit five copies of a book published in 2016 by February 10. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Library of Virginia, Literary Awards, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. (804) 692-3500.

Poetry Book Award

Deadline: 
January 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,200

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions) by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Main Street Rag, Poetry Book Award, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227. (704) 573-2516. M. Scott Douglass, Publisher.

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Open Competition

Deadline: 
February 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books, and University of Georgia Press. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $30 entry fee between January 1 and February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Poetry Series, Open Competition, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Paterson Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
February 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages with a minimum press run of 500 copies are eligible. Publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Passaic County Community College, Paterson Poetry Prize, Poetry Center, 1 College Boulevard, Paterson, NJ 07505. (973) 684-6555. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director.

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Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Deadline: 
February 15, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$29
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by February 15. Rowan Ricardo Phillips will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by February 15. Paul Yoon will judge. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Sarabande Books, Morton and McCarthy Prizes, 822 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

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Snowbound Chapbook Award

Deadline: 
February 28, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tupelo Press, Snowbound Chapbook Award, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247. (413) 664-9611. Jeffrey Levine, Publisher.

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