Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Deadline: 
February 2, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October are given annually for a poetry collection, a novel or collection of short fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit one copy of a book published in 2016 and a brief biography, including publication history, with a $20 entry fee by February 2. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Southern Illinois University, Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards, English Department, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Award Coordinator.

Michael Waters Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
February 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $25 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Southern Indiana Review, Michael Waters Poetry Prize, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. (812) 464-1784. Ron Mitchell, Editor.

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Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bear Star Press, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, 185 Hollow Oak Drive, Cohasset, CA 95973. (530) 891-0360. Beth Spencer, Editor.

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Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 16, 2016
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 during 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 2016 by December 16. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines and the list of jurors to whom the 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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American Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 31, 2016
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 2016 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or 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.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of cultural diversity." Submit five copies of a book published in 2016 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Cleveland Foundation, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300, Cleveland, OH 44115. (216) 685-2018. Karen R. Long, Contact.
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California Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 23, 2016
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. Authors or publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2016 by December 23. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 597-5939.

Literary Award

Deadline: 
December 10, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$4,000

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the Midwest for at least five years) or whose book features a Midwestern setting. The prize may be split if more than one winner is selected. Writers who have published up to three books are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible. Authors or publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2016 and an author bio by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Friends of American Writers, Literary Award, c/o Tammie Bob, 474 Stagecoach Run, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

Poetry Award

Deadline: 
December 15, 2016
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. Send an SASE, e-mail, or 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 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, 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 National Federation of State Poetry Societies members) during the month of November. Send an SASE or 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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