Literature Awards

Friends of American Writers 
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 10, 2020
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 which is set in the Midwest. 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 2020 and an author bio by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

30 Below Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$26
Deadline: 
November 19, 2020
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $26 entry fee by November 19. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Cleveland Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that “contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of cultural diversity.” Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joyce Carol Oates, Simon Pinker, and Steven Schama will judge. Submit five copies of a book published in 2020 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Desert Writers Award

Ellen Meloy Fund
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021
A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to spend creative time in a desert environment. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of creative nonfiction, a project proposal, and a biographical statement of up to one page with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2021. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Editors’ Book Award

Pushcart Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
November 15, 2020

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by today’s high-pressure, bottom-line publishing conglomerates.” Manuscripts must be submitted with a formal letter of nomination from an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company by November 15. There is no entry fee. 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.

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

The eighth annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop will be held online from January 31, 2021, to February 6, 2021. The workshop offers daily workshops and seminars in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The faculty includes poet Christopher Merrill, fiction writer Joanna Hershon, and nonfiction writers Karen Karbo and Jeanne McCulloch. The cost to attend is $850 per workshop ($750 for previous workshop attendees), which includes all other online events. Using only the online application system, submit a registration form and a short writing sample by November 1.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
January 31, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Todos Santos Writers Workshop, 12 Calle Horizonte, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico 23301. Rex Weiner, Executive Director.

Rex
Weiner
Contact City: 
Online
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Texas Book Festival

The 2020 Texas Book Festival will be held online from October 31 to November 15, with adult programming from November 6 to November 15. The festival features panels and discussions with more than 125 writers. Participating authors include poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Jake Skeets; fiction writers Julia Alvarez, Aimee Bender, Yaa Gyasi, Nick Hornby, and Ottessa Moshfegh; and poet and nonfiction writer Natasha Trethewey. Many events are free; tickets for select events cost $30 to $40. Visit the website for more information.

Type: 
FESTIVAL
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
October 31, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Texas Book Festival, 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Unit B, Austin, TX 78721. (512) 477-4055.

Contact City: 
Online
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
78701

Renaissance House Residency Program

The Renaissance House Residency Program, sponsored by the Helene and Dorothy West Foundation for Artists in Need, offers residencies of one to two weeks during February 2021 in Palm Springs, California, to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The residency includes classes, lectures, and time to write. Each resident is provided with private lodging, access to a pool and hot tub, some meals, and weekly excursions to local destinations such as Joshua Tree National Park. The cost of the residency is $975 per week ($950 for previous attendees).

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
October 24, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Renaissance House Residency Program, Helene and Dorothy West Foundation for Artists in Need, 484 West 43rd Street, Suite 37E, New York, NY 10036. (917) 747-0367. Abigail McGrath, Contact.

Abigail McGrath
Contact
Contact City: 
Palm Springs
Contact State: 
CA
Country: 
US

Portland Book Festival

The 2020 Portland Book Festival, hosted by Literary Arts, will be held online from November 5 to November 21. The festival features events including author discussions and writing workshops. Participating authors include poets Natalie Diaz, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Claudia Rankine; fiction writers Ayad Akhtar, Margaret Atwood, and Jess Walter; and nonfiction writers Isabel Wilkerson and Lidia Yuknavitch. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information.

Type: 
FESTIVAL
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
November 5, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
October 24, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Portland Book Festival, Literary Arts, Inc., 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205. (503) 227-2583. Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programs.



Amanda Bullock
Director of Public Programs
Contact City: 
Online
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
97205

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