book awards

Nilsen Literary Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 13, 2020
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by November 13. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

American Book Awards

Before Columbus Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s

Rilke Prize

University of North Texas
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
November 30, 2020
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. Public health conditions permitting, the winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give a reading at the University of North Texas in April 2021. U.S. poets who have previously published at least two poetry collections are eligible. The poetry faculty of the University of North Texas will judge. Authors, editors, or publishers may submit two copies of a book published between November 1, 2019, and October 31, 2020, by November 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Cleveland Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that “contribute to our understanding of racism and appreciation of cultural diversity.” Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joyce Carol Oates, Simon Pinker, and Steven Schama will judge. Submit five copies of a book published in 2020 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Dorset Prize

Tupelo Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
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.

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Ohio University Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
December 1, 2020
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.

Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
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 African American writers 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 2020 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.

Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

University of Arkansas Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using only 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: 
$27
Deadline: 
October 31, 2020
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Megan Stielstra will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to River Teeth, by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes

University of Wisconsin Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
September 15, 2020
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.

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