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.
New Issues Poetry & Prose, Poetry Prize, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. (269) 387-8185. Kimberly Kolbe, Managing Editor.
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 the First Novelist Award Night at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in Fall 2017. A committee of novelists and critics, including 2016 winner Angela Flournoy, will judge. Submit three copies of a book published in 2016 by January 14, 2017. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award, English Department, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Cade Varnado, Contact.
Perugia Press, Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 60364, Florence, MA 01062. Rebecca Olander, Director.
Persea Books, Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, 277 Broadway, Suite 708, New York, NY 10007. (212) 260-9256. Gabriel Fried, Poetry Editor.
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, Short Fiction Awards, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-2000.
University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prizes, 671 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003. (413) 545-2217. Karen Fisk, Competition Coordinator.
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. Juan Felipe Herrera 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. Patricia Guzman, Programs Coordinator.
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. Gabrielle Calvocoressi will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE or 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.
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Vievee Francis will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Four Way Books, Intro Prize in Poetry, P.O. Box 535, Village Station, New York, NY 10014. (212) 334-5430.