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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

Anthony Awards
The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for ...
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Mystery & Mayhem Awards
The M&M Awards reward independently published books and unpublished manuscripts in the following categories: Amateur Sleuth, Romance, Animals, Hob...
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Exeter Story Prize
The Exeter Story Prize is for a story of up to ten thousand words. There is no minimum word count. Authors must be over 18 years old, and stories sho...
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Canada-Japan Literary Awards
The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers writing on the subject of Japan, or Japanese culture.These awa...
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition
This open poetry competition to anyone aged 16 and over. Entries should be unpublished poems up to 50 lines in length....
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Kindle Book Awards
The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards is co-sponsored by book sites like Kindle Boards, Digital Book Today, World Literary Cafe, and ...
Deadline: 2018-05-01

Albert B. Corey Prize in Canadian-American Relations
The Albert B. Corey Prize in Canadian-American Relations, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association and the American Historical Associa...
Deadline: 2018-05-15

World Fantasy Awards
The World Fantasy Awards, established in 1975, are presented annually at the World Fantasy Convention. The World Fantasy Award has been described as ...
Deadline: 2018-05-31

WoW CreativeWritingMatters Short Story Competition
The 2015 Wow! One Thousand Words competition is for stories in English of 1,000 words, not including the title. We will allow up to fifty words over ...
Deadline: 2018-05-31

The Black Orchid Novella Award
The Black Orchid Novella Award offers a $1,000 prize to the best original, unpublished novella that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe serie...
Deadline: 2018-05-31

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award
The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award seeks to
discover and honor the best books of the previous year....
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Canadian Stories Magazine Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Art
This Canadian folk magazine offers a prizes in categories including creative non-fiction, true stories, fiction, poetry, essays, and military stories,...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Kayak Illustrated History Challenge for Kids
The award is open to Canadian kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Students are invited to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Ca...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Recently Added Publishers

University of Hell Press
University of Hell Press promotes artists who are creating irreverent and thought-provoking works in quiet corners of their worlds. Specializing ...
Portland, OR   US   [Read More]

Venture Capital Press
Venture Capital Press is a boutique publishing house focused on providing entrepreneurs with cutting edge advice on starting, financing and selli...
Encino, CA   US   [Read More]

Two Lines Press
Two Lines Press also publishes book-length single author works of contemporary literary fiction and creative non-fiction in translation. Manuscri...
San Francisco, CA   US   [Read More]

Upcoming Book Events

Ottawa International Writers Festival (Spring)
Ottawa's Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy i...
Starts: 2018-04-27   [Read More]

Sydney Writers' Festival
Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories, and ideas. Many events take place at Pier 4/5 and Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay. We also us...
Starts: 2018-04-30   [Read More]

Strokestown International Poetry Festival
The festival consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty-four readings over three day...
Starts: 2018-05-03   [Read More]