Levis Reading Prize

Deadline: 
February 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$5,000

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University will judge. Publishers and writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2017 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Levis Reading Prize, English Department, 900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Emily Block, Contact.

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Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

Deadline: 
March 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College in Illinois is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or fiction writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency will be offered to a fiction writer. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Writers under the age of 40 who have not published a book are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 30 pages of a novel, story collection, novella collection, or hybrid prose collection, a project statement, and a curriculum vitae by March 1. Only the first 200 entries will be considered. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lake Forest College, Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency, English Department, P.O. Box A16, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. (847) 735-5274. Joshua Corey, Contact. 

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California Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 22, 2017
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. Publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2017 by December 22. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 597-5939.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 29, 2017
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 in 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 2017 by December 29. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom 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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Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
December 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and travel expenses to give a reading at Western Michigan University in Spring 2018. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $25 entry fee by December 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Issues Poetry & Prose, Poetry Prize, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. (269) 387-8185. Kimberly Kolbe, Managing Editor. new

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A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
November 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. D. A. Powell will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

BOA Editions, A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 30971, Rochester, NY 14603.

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Cabell First Novelist Award

Deadline: 
January 14, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$5,000

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend First Novelist Award Night at Virginia Commonwealth University in Fall 2018. A committee of novelists and critics will judge. Submit three copies of a book published in 2017 by January 14, 2018. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award, English Department, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Julie Geen, Contact.

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Iowa Short Fiction Award

Deadline: 
September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages by September 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Iowa Press, Iowa Short Fiction Award, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-2000.

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Honickman First Book Prize

Deadline: 
October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$3,000

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Gregory Pardlo will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

American Poetry Review, Honickman First Book Prize, 320 South Broad Street, Hamilton #313, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Elizabeth Scanlon, Editor.

Walt Whitman Award

Deadline: 
November 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$35
Cash Prize: 
$5,000

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a book of poems in a standard edition. The winning book will also be distributed to 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. Joy Harjo will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $35 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Academy of American Poets, Walt Whitman Award, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. (212) 274-0343, ext. 13. Nikay Paredes, Programs Coordinator.

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