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.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$35
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also receive a one-year PEN Center USA membership and two tickets to the Literary Awards Gala, to be held in Beverly Hills, California, in Fall 2017. Submit four copies of a book published in 2016 with a $35 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

PEN Center USA, Literary Awards, 8549 Wilshire Boulevard #355, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (323) 424-4939, ext. 1003.

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Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction with a $25 entry fee ($30 for electronic submissions) by January 15, 2017. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

BkMk Press, Ciardi/Chandra Prizes, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. (816) 235-2558.

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Book Award

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$26
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Anne Harding Woodworth will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $26 entry fee, which includes a copy of the winning book, by November 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Cider Press Review, Book Award, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. (717) 417-8596. Caron Andregg, Editor in Chief.

Chautauqua Prize

Deadline: 
December 15, 2016
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 2016 with a $75 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE or 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.

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
December 1, 2016
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. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ohio University Press, Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, 31 South Court Street, Suite 143, Athens, OH 45701. (740) 593-1160.

Best Translated Book Awards

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
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 group of translators will receive $5,000. Submit five copies of a translated poetry collection published in 2016 by December 31 or nine copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2016 by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Three Percent, Best Translated Book Awards, Open Letter Books, University of Rochester, Lattimore Hall 411, Box 270082, Rochester, NY 14627. (585) 319-0823. Chad Post, Director.

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