book awards

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.

Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

University of Arkansas Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
September 30, 2018

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.

Literary Nonfiction Prize

River Teeth
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2018

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Phillip Lopate will judge. 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.

Juniper Prizes

University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
September 30, 2018
Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novella or novel, and an essay collection. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages, a story collection, novel, or novella of 150 to 350 pages, or an essay collection of 150 to 300 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Green Rose Prize

New Issues Poetry & Prose
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
September 30, 2018
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. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Fiction Collective Two
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2018

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Shelley Jackson 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.

Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes

University of Wisconsin Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
September 15, 2018
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by September 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Contest

Brick Road Poetry Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2018

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2018

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Aimee Parkison 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.

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