book awards

Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

University of Arkansas Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
September 30, 2017

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Fiction Collective Two
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Laird Hunt will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a brief bio, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Nonfiction Prize

River Teeth
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
October 31, 2017

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions), which includes a subscription to River Teeth, by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Noy Holland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a brief bio and a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nilsen Literary Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2017

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Yale Series of Younger Poets

Yale University Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017
An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee between October 1 and November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Green Rose Prize

New Issues Poetry & Prose
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
September 30, 2017
A prize of $1,000, publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose, and a reading at Western Michigan University is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one full-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners)

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