book awards

Rilke Prize

University of North Texas
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
November 30, 2018

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 2019. 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, 2017, and October 31, 2018, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2018

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 2018 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Ohio University Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
December 1, 2018

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Dorset Prize

Tupelo Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
December 31, 2018

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 $30 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

BkMk Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 15, 2019

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, 2019. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Award

Cider Press Review
Entry Fee: 
$26
Deadline: 
November 30, 2018

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Leona Sevick will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $26 entry fee, which includes a copy of the winning book, by November 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Best Translated Book Awards

Three Percent
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2018

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 2018 by December 31 or nine copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2018 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Cleveland Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2018

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and 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 2018 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Nilsen Literary Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
November 1, 2018

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.

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