Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

San Diego Poetry Annual
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony in April 2022. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Vern Rutsala Book Prize

Cloudbank Books
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jake Adam York Prize

Copper Nickel
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Dana Levin will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Copper Nickel, by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Alice James Award

Alice James Books
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 100 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 


Vassar Miller Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 


Literary Awards

Tucson Festival of Books
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the University of Arizona campus in March 2022. Using only the online submission system, submit five poems of any length or a short story, essay, or excerpt from a novel or memoir of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gerald Cable Book Award

Silverfish Review Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a copy of the winning book, by October 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Cullman Center Fellowships

New York Public Library
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 24, 2021
Fifteen fellowships are given annually to artists, academics, and creative writers, including poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators, whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library. The fellows will each receive $75,000, an office at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library’s main branch in Midtown Manhattan, and full access to the library’s collections from September 2022 through May 2023. Fellows will be required to work on their projects at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship. Writers currently enrolled in a graduate degree?"granting program are ineligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a writing sample of up to 4,500 words, a project proposal of no more than 1,500 words, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by September 24. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Open Season Awards

Malahat Review
Entry Fee: 
$33
Deadline: 
November 1, 2021
Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,650) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 100 lines each or a short story or essay of up to 2,500 words with a CAD $40 (approximately $33) entry fee, which includes a subscription to Malahat Review, by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Nightboat Books
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
November 15, 2021
Up to three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Nightboat Books are given annually for poetry collections. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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