Literary Awards

Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria Machado will judge in fiction, and Kiese Laymon will judge in nonfiction. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry) by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

The Pinch, Literary Awards, University of Memphis, English Department, Memphis, TN 38152. Courtney Miller Santo, Editor in Chief.

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Literary Awards

Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem or group of poems; Oliver de la Paz will judge. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story; Debra Dean will judge. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay; Jenny Boully will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length, three pieces of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 1,500 words each, or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bellingham Review, Literary Awards, Western Washington University, Mail Stop 9053, Old Main 245, Bellingham, WA 98225. Mike Oliphant, Managing Editor. 

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Deadline: 
February 2, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of genre fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Authors and publishers may submit a book published in 2017 and a brief biography, including publication history, with a $20 entry fee by February 2. 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, Awards Coordinator. 

First Novel Fellowship

Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Wilkes University, Creative Writing Program, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.

Lamar York Prizes

Deadline: 
January 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$18
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Chattahoochee Review, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Chattahoochee Review, Lamar York Prizes, Georgia State University Perimeter College, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021. Anna Schachner, Editor.

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Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
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 March 15. Ocean Vuong 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 March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

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Nelligan Prize

Deadline: 
March 14, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$15
Cash Prize: 
$2,000

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online submissions) by March 14. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Colorado Review, Nelligan Prize, Colorado State University, English Department, 9105 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G'Schwind, Editor.

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Award Series

Deadline: 
February 28, 2018
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 for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Ross Gay will judge, and University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Kelly Link 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; Paula McLain 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; Dinty W. Moore 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 a manuscript between January 1 and February 28. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, University of Maryland, 5245 Greenbelt Road, Box #246, College Park, MD 20740. (301) 226-9710.

Book Awards

Deadline: 
February 1, 2018
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 2017 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.

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Deadline: 
February 15, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ruminate, William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, 1041 North Taft Hill Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80521. Brianna Van Dyke, Editor in Chief.

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