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Book Awards and Writing Contests

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Whether you're a writer looking for recognition of your prose, or a publisher with an outstanding book, you'll find the awards you're looking for here. We're frequently updating the lists, and adding new ways to access the information. We have everything from poetry competitions to awards for children's books, from flash fiction contests to awards accepting entries from self-published authors.

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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Independent Publisher Book Awards
Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards...
Deadline: 2017-02-25

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
The competition is open to published and unpublished authors living anywhere in the world and writing in English. Stories must not have been previousl...
Deadline: 2017-02-28

Alberta Views Short Story Contest
The contest is open to all current or former (long-term) residents of Alberta except employees of Alberta Views. Stories must be no longer than 3000 w...
Deadline: 2017-02-28

CBC Literary Prizes Nonfiction Prize
Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to enter. For any contestant who has not reached the age of majority in his/her provi...
Deadline: 2017-02-28

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award is an annual award presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to the au...
Deadline: 2017-03-01

Vermont Book Award
The Vermont Book Award is a new prize created to honor artists with deep connections to the state of Vermont, and to draw attention to a state so uniq...
Deadline: 2017-03-01

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Robert Kroetsch was one of Canada’s most celebrated literary writers and critics. His novels, poetry, and theory have consistently been benchmarks f...
Deadline: 2017-03-01

Governor General's Literary Awards
French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Lit...
Deadline: 2017-03-15

Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition
Open to Washington State (USA) residents only. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook, and individual poems from your manuscript wil...
Deadline: 2017-03-16

Prix Aurora Awards
The Aurora awards are run by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a federally registered non-profit society. The awards recog...
Deadline: 2017-03-17

Gover Prize
The Gover Prize, named after groundbreaking author Robert Gover, awards an annual prize and publication in Best New Writing for the best short fiction...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

National Indie Excellence Awards
The National Indie Excellence Awards is open to all English language books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publisher...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Hudson Prize
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Maine Review's Annual Poetry Contest
The Review is currently accepting entries for our annual poetry contest, which awards a Grand Prize of $100 for the best poem, a Second Prize of $50, ...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award
The $10,000 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award is for a book in the Mind Body Spirit genre, published between April 1 and March 31 by a citizen ...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Recently Added Publishers

David Fickling Books
For nearly twelve years DFB was run as an imprint -- first as part of Scholastic, then of Random House. Since 2013 we’ve set up as an independe...
Oxford,   UK   [Read More]

Gryphon House
Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of early childhood books, resources and activities for educators and parents. We curre...
Lewisville, NC   US   [Read More]

Hachai Publishing
Hachai's purpose is to produce children's books of high literary and artistic quality aimed at providing the entire Jewish community wi...
Brooklyn, NY   US   [Read More]

Upcoming Book Events

UEA Literary Festival
The University of East Anglia's first literary festival took place in 1991 and over the last twenty two years we have welcomed a host of award-wi...
Starts: 2017-02-23   [Read More]

LA Art Book Fair
Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, a...
Starts: 2017-02-24   [Read More]

Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts
The 2016-2017 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, presented by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, delves ...
Starts: 2017-02-24   [Read More]