American Book Awards

Before Columbus Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s

Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

Quarter After Eight
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
November 30, 2020

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay.

Translation Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
January 13, 2021
Grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of literary translation in digital or print publications or at least one book of translation between January 1, 2006, and January 13, 2021. Using only the online submission system, submit 10 to 15 pages of translation and the original work, a project description, a résumé, a résumé for the original author, a justification of retranslation (if applicable), and a list of published translations into English with proof of eligibility by January 13, 2021. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

San José State University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
January 2, 2021
Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public reading each semester and must live in the Bay Area during the academic year. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose, a project proposal, a résumé, and three letters of recommendation (uploaded by references) by January 2, 2021. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
November 20, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and published pieces that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem or group of poems of up to 800 words or a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by November 20. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Translation Prizes

French-American Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
January 14, 2021

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A jury of translators and literary professionals will judge. Authors, translators, agents, and U.S. publishers may submit three excerpts from a book published in 2020 by January 14, 2021. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mississippi Review Prize

Mississippi Review
Entry Fee: 
$16
Deadline: 
January 1, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible. Submit three to five poems totaling up to 10 pages or a short story or essay of 1,000 to 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($16 for electronic submissions), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by January 1, 2020. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fall Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
November 30, 2020
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication in Narrative is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $27 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 2, 2021

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be considered for publication in the Carolina Quarterly. W. Ralph Eubanks will judge. Black writers who live in North Carolina are eligible. Submit two copies of a short story or essay of up to 3,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for NCWN members) by January 2, 2021. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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