Diverse Voices Prize

Dzanc Books
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given for a novel, memoir, story or essay collection, or cross-genre work by a writer from a minority, underrepresented, or marginalized community. Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Charles Johnson, and Robert Lopez will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 40,000 words by September 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gabriele Rico Challenge for Creative Nonfiction

Reed Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2020
A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Missouri Review
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 1, 2020
Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose with a $25 entry fee, which includes a digital subscription to Missouri Review and a copy of the story anthology Strange Encounters, by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Juniper Prizes

University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novella or novel, and a book of creative nonfiction. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages or a story collection, novel, novella, memoir, book of narrative nonfiction, biography, or essay collection of 150 to 300 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

American Literary Review
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
October 1, 2020
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems, a story of up to 8,000 words, or an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $15 entry fee by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prize in Creative Nonfiction

Lascaux Review
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Lascaux Review website is given annually for an essay. The winner and finalists will also be published in Volume 8 of the Lascaux Review. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by September 30. Previously published and unpublished essays are eligible. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes in Letters

Pulitzer Prizes
Entry Fee: 
$75
Deadline: 
October 1, 2020
Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in the United States during the current year. Submit an electronic copy of a book published in 2020 with a $75 entry fee by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Quill Prose Award

Red Hen Press
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
October 31, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Amber Flame will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages with a $10 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Harvard University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 10, 2020
Fellowships of $78,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to allow them to pursue creative projects. Fellows, who are expected to reside in Boston during the fellowship period, which lasts from September through May, also receive $5,000 to cover project expenses. Poets who have published a full-length collection or at least 20 poems in magazines or anthologies in the last five years and who are in the process of completing a manuscript are eligible. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have a book-length manuscript under contract for publication or at least three shorter works published are eligible. Writers who are graduate students at the time of application are not eligible. For 2021–2022 fellowships, submit up to 10 poems or a short story, a recent book chapter, or an essay totaling no more than 30 pages; contact information for three references; a curriculum vitae; and a project proposal by September 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines. 


Solas Award

Travelers’ Tales
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
September 21, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the biannual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers’ Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont are eligible for publication, but not the cash prize due to the laws governing pay-to-enter competitions in those states. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of 750 to 5,500 words with a $25 entry fee by September 21. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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