As always, it’s useful to know that there are many ways we can share our work,
including submitting it for awards and contests. Here are some upcoming ones:
Bard Fiction Prize: Offered annually by Bard College for a writer aged 39 or younger who has published a book of fiction.. Top prize is $30,000, plus appointment as writer-in-residence for one semester. Deadline: July 15.
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry: First Book Award is offered annually for the best first collection of poetry. Top prize is $4,000 and publication. Deadline: July 8.
Rattle Poetry Prize: Offers an annual prize for the best previously unpublished poem. There is a $5,000 grand prize, in addition to ten finalist prizes of $100. Deadline: July 15.
Fenton Aldeburgh First Collecion Prize: Awards 2,000 pounds, a week-long paid writing retreat, and a reading at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk for the best first full-length collection of poetry published in Great Britain or Ireland since August 1 of the preceding year. Either publisher or author may submit 3 bound or proof copies of the book with a note indicating the date of publication. Deadline: Must be received by July 25.
GLCA New Writers Awards: A reading tour of 13 midwestern colleges, with a $500 honorarium per visit, for the author of a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is the author’s first published book in that genre. One winner in each category. Publisher should submit 4 copies of book along with publicity materials. Books must have been published in the US or Canada between spring of the previous year and spring of the deadline year. (Galleys are accepted for works to be published in early summer of the deadline year.) Selection process favors recipients of major first-book awards. Deadline:
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award: Free contest for unpublished poems by authors aged 11-17 gives winners books, anthology publication, tuition to writing classes, and other prizes. Online entries accepted. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of the UK, a prestigious literary society. Deadline July 31.
Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Non-Fiction Prize: Top prize of $60,000 for nonfiction published in Canada during the calendar year by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Books published between May 28 and September 30 must be received by July 30. Publishers should submit 5 copies of the book (or 3 bound galleys, to be followed by at least 2 copies of the book), press kit, entry form, and list of titles published by that publisher. See website for full requirements.
Wonderful to know that there is such a wide range of resources available to us all for both poetry and prose, isn’t it? Write on!