Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

Persea Books
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a writer who identifies as a woman and who is currently living in the United States. The winner also receives an optional six-week, all-expenses paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry and Short Story Awards

Sixfold
Entry Fee: 
$5
Deadline: 
October 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 October 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Brittingham and Felix and Pollak Prizes

University of Wisconsin Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
September 15, 2021
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Additional finalists will be published in the press’s Wisconsin Poetry series. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by September 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Minds on Fire Open Book Prize

Conduit Books & Ephemera
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Fellowships

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 17, 2021
Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of exceptional creative ability. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada with a significant and appropriate record of publication are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a career summary, a list of publications, contact information for up to four references, and a three-page project proposal by September 17. Upon request of the foundation, submit up to three published books by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the complete guidelines.
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Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Harvard University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 9, 2021
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 published one or more books, who have a book-length manuscript under contract for publication, or who have published at least three shorter works are eligible. Writers who are graduate students at the time of application are not eligible. For 2022?"2023 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 people who will be asked to supply letters of reference; a curriculum vitae; and a project proposal by September 9. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.


Nina Riggs Poetry Award

Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
November 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem that examines relationships, family, or domestic life that was published in a book or magazine in the last three years. Nominate no more than six poems by one author that were published in print in a book or magazine in 2019, 2020, or 2021 by November 1. Self-nominations are not accepted. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Open Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 36 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

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Oregon Literary Fellowships

Literary Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 17, 2021

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A Writer of Color Fellowship of $3,500 is also given. Submit three copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose by September 17. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Prizes in Books

Pulitzer Prizes
Entry Fee: 
$75
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021
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 2021 with a $75 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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