book awards

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

Utica College
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
August 31, 2021
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College in April 2022. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, and a curriculum vitae by August 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Kenneth Patchen Award

Journal of Experimental Fiction
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
August 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Book Awards

National Book Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$135
Deadline: 
May 12, 2021
Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year. A $10,000 prize is also given to honor a translated book of fiction or nonfiction by a living writer and translator published in the United States during the previous year. Finalists in each category receive $1,000 each. Using only the online submission system, publishers may submit an entry form with a $135 entry fee per title by May 12. Six copies of books (or bound galleys) published or scheduled for publication between December 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021, must be submitted to the judges and to the National Book Foundation by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Akron Poetry Prize

University of Akron Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 15, 2021

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Erika Meitner will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Book Prize

Barrow Street Press
Entry Fee: 
$28
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A. Van Jordan will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic submissions) by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
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.

Fiction Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$40
Deadline: 
May 31, 2021
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Ann Harleman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Marsh Hawk Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
April 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. David Lehman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Saturnalia Books
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
April 1, 2021
A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sabrina Orah Mark will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by April 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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