first book awards

Emerging Poets Contest

Boulevard
Entry Fee: 
$16
Deadline: 
June 1, 2019
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit three poems of any length with a $16 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard, by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Antivenom Poetry Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
March 31, 2019
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
April 30, 2019
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee between March 1 and April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Wick Poetry Center
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
May 1, 2019
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing workshop at Kent State University and give a reading with the judge, Natalie Diaz. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Cave Canem Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 29, 2019
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Evie Shockley will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 29. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Levis Reading Prize

Virginia Commonwealth University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2019
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University will judge. Publishers or writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2018 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for 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.

Cabell First Novelist Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2018
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend the First Novelist Award Night at Virginia Commonwealth University in Fall 2019. A committee of novelists and critics will judge. Submit three copies of a book published in 2018 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

BOA Editions
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 30, 2018

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Patricia Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

Persea Books
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 31, 2018
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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