book awards

Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

BkMk Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
January 15, 2018

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction with a $25 entry fee ($30 for electronic submissions) by January 15, 2018. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Cleveland Foundation
No entry fee
Deadline: 
December 31, 2017

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of human diversity." Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Pinker, and Simon Schama will judge. Submit five copies of a book published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

PEN Center USA
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also receive a one-year PEN Center USA membership and two tickets to the Literary Awards Gala, to be held in Beverly Hills, California, in Fall 2018. Submit four copies of a book published in 2017 with a $40 entry fee by November 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
November 15, 2017

A prize of $1,000, publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee ($20 for NFSPS members) by November 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Award

Gival Press
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
December 15, 2017

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Best Translated Book Awards

Three Percent
No entry fee
Deadline: 
December 31, 2017

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning author will receive $5,000; the translator or translators will receive $5,000. Submit five copies of a translated poetry collection published in 2017 by December 31 or nine copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2017 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Rilke Prize

University of North Texas
No entry fee
Deadline: 
November 30, 2017

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in April 2018. U.S. poets who have published at least two previous poetry collections are eligible. The poetry faculty of the University of North Texas will judge. Authors, editors, or publishers may submit three copies of a book published between November 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Dorset Prize

Tupelo Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
December 31, 2017

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Chautauqua Prize

Chautauqua Institution
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
December 15, 2017

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Authors, publishers, agents, or readers may submit eight copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 with a $75 entry fee by December 15. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

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