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Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
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 manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Ocean Vuong will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

First Novel Fellowship

James Jones Literary Society
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Southern Illinois University
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
February 2, 2018

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of genre fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Authors and publishers may submit a book published in 2017 and a brief biography, including publication history, with a $20 entry fee by February 2. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Awards

Binghamton University
No entry fee
Deadline: 
February 1, 2018

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2017 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Big Moose Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2018

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Award Series

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
February 28, 2018
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Ross Gay will judge, and University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Kelly Link will judge, and University of Massachusetts Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; Paula McLain will judge, and New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; Dinty W. Moore will judge, and University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($20 for AWP members). Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript between January 1 and February 28. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
No entry fee
Deadline: 
December 29, 2017

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the "cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora." Publishers may nominate books published in 2017 by December 29. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

American Library Association
No entry fee
Deadline: 
December 1, 2017

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published in 2017 by December 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Epic: An Interview With Salman Rushdie

by
Porochista Khakpour
8.16.17

Salman Rushdie’s new novel, The Golden House, marks a triumphant return to realism for the titan of letters whose insights on everything from novel-writing and magical realism to identity and social media are as fascinating as the worlds he creates in his books.

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