Maine Artist Fellowship

Maine Arts Commission
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 17, 2021
A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, or a writer working in a genre beyond these categories who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The fellow is expected to reside in the state for the year of the fellowship. Writers enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or no more than 20 pages of prose, an artist statement, and a résumé by June 17. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Book Awards

National Book Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$135
Deadline: 
May 12, 2021
Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year. A $10,000 prize is also given to honor a translated book of fiction or nonfiction by a living writer and translator published in the United States during the previous year. Finalists in each category receive $1,000 each. Using only the online submission system, publishers may submit an entry form with a $135 entry fee per title by May 12. Six copies of books (or bound galleys) published or scheduled for publication between December 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021, must be submitted to the judges and to the National Book Foundation by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Writers Awards

Great Lakes Colleges Association
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 25, 2021
Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of at least $500, to give readings, meet with students, and lead discussions and classes. Books published in 2020 and 2021 are eligible. Faculty members of the colleges will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of one book in each category postmarked by June 25. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New York City Emerging Writer Fellowship

Center for Fiction
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
May 30, 2021
Nine fellowships of $5,000 each and a one-year membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City are given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet published a book of fiction. Winners also have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents who represent new writers, and have access to the center’s writing space, the Writers Studio, for one year. Students who will be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the fellowship period, or who are currently under contract with a publisher for a work of fiction, are ineligible. Submit a short story or novel excerpt of up to 7,500 words and proof of New York City residency with a $10 application fee between May 1 and May 30. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers
Entry Fee: 
$65
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021

A grand prize of $5,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, graphic narrative, and art books. The winners will each also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers website; a marketing consultation with author and publishing consultant Carolyn Howard-Johnson; $300 in credit at BookBaby, a distributor for self-published authors; and free advertising in the Winning Writers e-mail newsletter. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit a book of up to 200,000 words with a $65 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Other Futures Award

Futurepoem
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
July 1, 2021

A prize of $1,000, publication by Futurepoem, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 15 and July 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

PEN America
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 1, 2021

Ten grants of $3,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have appeared only in an “outdated or otherwise flawed translation.” An additional $5,000 grant, the PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature, will be given to support the translation of a book of fiction or nonfiction from Italian into English. Manuscripts with up to two translators are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a translation sample of 8 to 10 pages, a copy of the same passage in the original language, a biography and bibliography of the translated author, a project statement, and the curriculum vitae of the translator by June 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction

Regal House Publishing
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
July 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 350 pages with a $25 entry fee by July 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prize in Flash Fiction

Lascaux Review
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review online and in print is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published stories are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $15 entry fee by June 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize

American Short Fiction
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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