Literary Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: 
October 15, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions), which includes a subscription to River Teeth, by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

River Teeth, Literary Nonfiction Prize, Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. (419) 289-5098.

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Nilsen Literary Prize

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Southeast Missouri State University Press, Nilsen Literary Prize, 1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Susan Swartwout, Publisher.

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Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
August 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College in April 2017. Submit two copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, and a curriculum vitae by August 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Utica College, Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, School of Arts and Sciences, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502. Gary Leising, Contact.

Kenneth Patchen Award

Deadline: 
July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Dominic Ward will judge. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by July 31. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Journal of Experimental Fiction, Kenneth Patchen Award, 1110 Varsity Boulevard, Unit 221, DeKalb, IL 60115. Eckhard Gerdes, Contact.

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Deadline: 
September 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 1. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Red Hen Press, Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, P.O. Box 40820, Pasadena, CA 91114. (626) 356-4760. Keaton Maddox, Associate Editor.

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Book Prize

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Elaine Equi will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic submissions) by June 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Barrow Street Press, Book Prize, P.O. Box 1558, Kingston, RI 02881. 


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Library of Poetry Book Award

Deadline: 
June 15, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bitter Oleander Press, Library of Poetry Book Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066. 


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Tufts Poetry Awards

Deadline: 
July 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$100,000

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by "a poet of genuine promise." Poets, publishers, agents, or friends may submit eight copies of a book of poetry published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, with a list of previously published work by July 1. There is no entry fee. Call or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Claremont Graduate University, Tufts Poetry Awards, 160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711. (909) 621-8974. 

National Book Awards

Deadline: 
May 15, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$135
Cash Prize: 
$10,000
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year. Finalists in each category receive $1,000 each. Using the online submission system, publishers may submit an entry form by May 15. Six copies of books, bound galleys, or bound manuscripts published or scheduled for publication between December 1, 2015, and November 30, 2016, should be submitted to the judges and to the National Book Foundation by July 1 with a $135 entry fee per title. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

National Book Foundation, National Book Awards, 90 Broad Street, Suite 604, New York, NY 10004. (212) 685-0261. 


FIELD Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$28
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes a subscription to FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, during the month of May. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Oberlin College Press, FIELD Poetry Prize, 50 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. (440) 775-8408. David Walker and David Young, Coeditors.

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