book awards

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.

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.

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Fiction Collective Two
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2020
A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney will judge. Using only 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.

Juniper Prizes

University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
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 a book of creative nonfiction. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages or a story collection, novel, novella, memoir, book of narrative nonfiction, biography, or essay collection of 150 to 300 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes in Letters

Pulitzer Prizes
Entry Fee: 
$75
Deadline: 
October 1, 2020
Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in the United States during the current year. Submit an electronic copy of a book published in 2020 with a $75 entry fee by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2020

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

Kenneth Patchen Award

Journal of Experimental Fiction
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
August 31, 2020
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.

Prize for Literature

Towson University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 19, 2020

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 2020 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 19. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

Utica College
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
August 31, 2020

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 2021. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, and a curriculum vitae by August 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Akron Poetry Prize

University of Akron Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 15, 2020

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Philip Metres 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.

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