book awards

Prizes in Letters

Pulitzer Prizes
Entry Fee: 
$50
Deadline: 
June 15, 2018

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in the United States during the current year. For books published between January 1 and June 14, submit four copies of the book, an author bio and photograph, and a $50 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 1. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Prize for Literature

Towson University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 15, 2018

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the past three years or scheduled for publication in 2018 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

National Book Awards

National Book Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$135
Deadline: 
May 16, 2018
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year. Starting this year a $10,000 prize will also be given to honor a translation of a book of fiction or nonfiction by a living writer published in the United States for the first time during the previous year. Finalists in each category receive $1,000 each. Using the online submission system, publishers may submit an entry form by May 16. Six copies of books (or bound galleys) or scheduled for publication between December 1, 2017, and November 30, 2018, may be submitted to the judges and to the National Book Foundation with a $135 entry fee per title by June 29. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Library of Poetry Book Award

Bitter Oleander Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
June 15, 2018

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$40
Deadline: 
May 31, 2018
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Amina Gautier will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 30, 2018

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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