Poetry and Short Story Awards

Sixfold
Entry Fee: 
$5
Deadline: 
January 24, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by January 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Book Award

Main Street Rag
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 52 to 88 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions) by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Kim Stafford will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope; call; e-mail; or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

New American Press
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021
A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Quan Barry will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $20 entry fee by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes for Poetry and Medicine

Hippocrates Prize
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
February 14, 2021
A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the Hippocrates website is given annually for a single poem on a medical theme. A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is also given for a single poem on a medical theme written by a health professional. Keki N. Daruwalla will judge. Submit a poem of up to 50 lines with a $10 entry fee ($15 for postal submissions) by February 14. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Slippery Elm
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes an issue of Slippery Elm, by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Raiziss/De Palchi Fellowship

Academy of American Poets
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
A fellowship of $25,000 is given biennially for the translation into English of a work of modern Italian poetry. Moira Egan, Rebecca Falkoff, and Graziella Sidoli will judge. Using only the online submission system, translators may submit a proposal and 15 pages of a translation-in-progress by February 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Raz-Shumaker Book Prizes

Prairie Schooner
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at least 50 pages or a fiction manuscript of at least 150 pages with a $25 entry fee between January 15 and March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Entry Fee: 
$29
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a poetry collection of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by February 15. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a collection of stories or novellas or a short novel of 150 to 250 pages with a $29 entry fee by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Self-Publishing Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 28, 2021
Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Using only the online submission system, submit an e-book self-published in 2020 by February 28. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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