Writing Awards

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 26, 2021
Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 poems totaling no more than 15 pages or up to 15 pages of prose with a biography, an artist statement, and a $20 entry fee by February 26. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Prizes

Crazyhorse
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crazyhorse, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Yeats Poetry Prize

W. B. Yeats Society of NY
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the W. B. Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring. Spencer Reece will judge. Submit a poem of up to 60 lines with a $15 entry fee ($12 for each additional poem) by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Snowbound Chapbook Award

Tupelo Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
February 28, 2021

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Writing Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Previously unpublished works or works that have appeared in a journal with a circulation of under 5,000 are eligible. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 7,499 words, or a work of flash fiction of up to 1,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Schaffner Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence.” Submit a poetry collection of at least 48 pages, a short story collection, novel, memoir, or essay collection of 60,000 to 100,000 words with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

North American Book Award

Poetry Society of Virginia
Entry Fee: 
$35
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry published during the previous year. The winner will be invited to read at the spring festival of Poetry Society of Virginia in May 2021. Self-published books and books that have previously received any other awards are ineligible. Luisa Igloria will judge. Submit three copies of a book of at least 64 pages and published in 2020 with a $35 entry fee ($25 for Poetry Society of Virginia members) by January 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Open Competition

National Poetry Series
Entry Fee: 
$35
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. The 2021 publishers are Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books, and University of Georgia Press. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $35 entry fee by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Paterson Poetry Prize

Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading and teach a workshop at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages are eligible. Publishers and authors may submit two copies of books published in 2020 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Philip Roth Residencies

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers working on a first or second book. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by February 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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