Literary Awards

The following is a list of awards and prizes which recognize excellence in literary publishing. All awards listed are open to literary press books or literary publishers and have an application/nomination process. To receive guidelines for a particular award, contact the sponsoring organization listed after the award description. Unless otherwise noted, awards are for books published during the previous calendar year.

This non-comprehensive list includes a few regional awards, but does not include state-specific awards, of which there are many. There are also award opportunities for specific types of publishing projects (for example, published works that have been translated from Italian). For more information on literary publishing awards, contact your state arts agency, consult the annual Literary Market Place guide at your local library, and read Poets and Writers Magazine.

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Book Awards

ALTA Translation Award
Publishers are invited to nominate one book in each category of contemporary fiction, contemporary poetry, contemporary nonfiction and literature of the past by sending two copies of each book.
Nomination deadline: May
ALTA
UTD, MC35
PO Box 8308688
Richardson, TX 150-0688
ph. 214-883-2093

American Book Awards
A non-monetary award that recognizes excellence in American literature. Anyone may make recommendations to the awards panel by submitting two copies of the recommended book.
Submission deadline: December
Before Columbus Foundation
The Ginn House
660-13th Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94612
ph. 510-268-9775

Association of Asian American Studies Book Awards
Recognizes outstanding book in the field of Asian American studies in the categories of cultural studies, prose, poetry, and history/social science. Nominate books by sending seven copies.
Submission deadline: unknown
Secretariat
Cornell University
420 Rockefeller Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph. 607-255-3320
http://www.aasp.cornell.edu

Discover Great New Writers Award
The Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award recognizes the finest work by a first-time American novelist featured in Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program during the past year. The first Discover Award was given in 1993. Cash prize of $10,000.
Call or fax for detailed instructions on how to submit books for the program.
Deadline for submission to program: March, May, August, November
Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
ph. 212-633-3511
fax 212-352-3602

Norma Farber First Book Award
A $1,000 award for a first book of original poetry written by an American author. Submission deadline: December
Poetry Society of America
15 Grammercy Park
New York, NY 10003
ph. 212-254-9628
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa-awards.html

Firecracker Alternative Book Awards (FABs)
Honoring the best in alternative press publishing in a range of categories including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as a few less traditional categories such as sex, drugs and music. Nominations may be made by publishers, booksellers, readers and other fans of the written word. The FABs are sponsored by 16 publishing, distribution and bookselling organizations.
Nomination deadline: May
Koen Book Distributors
10 Twosome Drive, Box 600
Moorestown, NJ 08057
ph. 800-257-8481/fax 800-225-3840
http://www.koen.com/

Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Awards recognize excellence in marketing, editing and design.
Submission deadline: February
Publishers Marketing Association
2401 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 102
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
ph. 310-372-2732/fax 310-374-3342
http://pma-online.org

Lewis Galantiere Award
This $1,000 award is given for a distinguished literary translation from any language into English published in the United States. Bestowed biennially in even-numbered years, nominations must be submitted by the publisher of the translated work.
Nomination deadline: May
American Translators Association
1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 220
Alexandria, VA 22314
ph. 703-683-6100/fax 703-683-6122
http://www.atanet.org/award_lewis.htm

Hemingway Foundation Award for First Fiction

The $7,500 award recognizes distinguished first books of fiction, either a novel or short story collection. Publishers, agents and authors may submit books (three copies) for consideration.
Submission deadline: December 15
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
PEN New England
1770 Massachusetts Avenue #318
Cambridge, MA 02140
awards@pen-ne.org
http://www.pen-ne.org

Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards
The $2,500 prize is awarded to a fiction or nonfiction book which reflects the values of Robert Kennedy. Either the publisher or author may submit a book by sending in four copies and an application.
Deadline for applications: January
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
1206 30th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
ph. 202-333-1880/fax 202-333-4903
http://www.rfkmemorial.org/bookaward/index.htm

Gregory Kolovakos Award
The $2,000 prize is awarded biennially to an American literary translator, editor or critic whose work has expanded the English-language audience for Hispanic literature. Letters of nomination can be submitted by a candidate’s colleague and should be accompanied by a candidate’s vita; candidates may not nominate themselves.
Deadline for nominations: November
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys)
Noncash awards for gay, lesbian, and transgender books of literary excellence. Also offers awards to outstanding publisher. Nominating ballot is published in the Lambda Book Report and on their website in the fall. Winners are chosen by jury (except for editor's choice awards), NOT by number of ballots.
Submission deadline: December (but check the ballot for exact deadline)
Lambda Literary Foundation
P.O. Box 73910,
Washington, D.C. 20056-13910
ph. (202) 682-0952
Jim_Marks@lambdalit.org
http://www.lambdalit.org

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
A $1,000 award that recognizes a published translation of poetry from any language into English.
Submission deadline: December
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-274-0343/fax 212-274-9427
http://www.poets.org

James Laughlin Award
This $5,000 award recognizes and support a poet’s second book of poetry. Over 3,000 copies of the book is purchased by the Academy for distribution to its members.
Submission deadline: April
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-274-0343/fax 212-274-9427
http://www.poets.org

LMP Awards
Awards honoring individuals and corporations for excellence in book publishing. Award categories include: design, production, editorial, adult trade and scholarly corporate awards.
Submission deadline: November
R.R. Bowker
121 Chanlon Road
New Providence, NJ 07974
ph. 800-5-BOWKER
http://www.lmpawards.com

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
The $10,000 prize is awarded to the most outstanding book of poems published in the U.S. in the previous year. Publishers may enter as many books as they wish by submitting four copies of each entry.
Submissions deadline: June
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-274-0343/fax 212-274-9427
http://www.poets.org

Melville Cane Award
The $500 prize is awarded alternately to a published book of poetry (even-numbered years) or to a prose work on a poet or poetry (odd-numbered years). Submissions from publishers only.
Submission deadline: December
Poetry Society of America
15 Grammercy Park
New York, NY 10003
ph. 212-254-9628
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa-awards.html

The National Book Awards
The $10,000 awards are given in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Books scheduled for publication between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the award year are eligible and must be submitted by their publishers.
Submission deadline: July
The National Book Foundation Inc.
260 Fifth Ave., Suite 904
New York, NY 10001
ph. 212-685-0261/fax 212-213-6570
http://www.publishersweekly.com/nbf/docs/awards.html

The National Book Critics' Circle Awards
Each year the National Book Critics Circle selects awards in five categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography/Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Although the board has no formal submission procedures, publishers are encouraged to bring books to the attention of the Board of Directors by sending a copy of each title to each board member. Contact the Vice President in charge of awards for a full list of board member addresses. You can find the list for 2001 here.
Submission deadline: December 31
National Book Critics' Circle
245 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10016
VP/Awards, Rebecca Miller

http://www.bookcritics.org

The National Poetry Series Biennial Harry Ford Editor’s Award for Poetry
A $1,000 award to an editor of a trade publisher, university or small press who has edited books of poetry for at least three years and who has demonstrated a commitment to the publication and promotion of contemporary poetry in the United States.
Deadline for nominations: September (even years)
The National Poetry Series
PO Box G
Hopewell, NJ 08525
ph. 609-466-9712

PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize

A $3,000 award for a book-length translation of a literary work from any language into English. Eligible books must have been published in the United States, but translators may be of any nationality. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents and authors (three copies).
Submission deadline: December
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A $15,000 award for a distinguished work of fiction published by an American author.
Submission deadline: December
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
ph. 202-544-7077/ fax 202-544-7520
http://www.folger.edu

PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction
A $1,000 prize for an American author’s first-published book of general nonfiction, marked by literary and stylistic excellence. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents and authors (three copies).
Submission deadline: December
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir
A $1,000 prize for an American author’s first-published book of memoir, marked by literary and stylistic excellence. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents and authors (three copies).
Submission deadline: December
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
A $1,000 prize awarded to a book of poetry in translation. All eligible books must have been published in the United States; translators may be of any nationality. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents and translators (two copies).
Submission deadline: December
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay
A $5,000 award for a distinguished book of previously uncollected essays on any subject by an American writer. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents and authors (four copies).
Submission deadline: December
PEN American Center
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
ph. 212-334-1660/fax 212-334-2181
http://www.pen.org

PEN Center USA West Literary Awards
Awards of $500 recognize outstanding works published or produced by writers who live in the western U.S. in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, journalism, drama, teleplay, screenplay, children’s literature. Books may be submitted by publishers, agents, authors or publicists (four copies and entry form).
Submission deadline: December
PEN Center USA West
672 S. Lafayette Park Place, Suite 41
Los Angeles, CA 90057
ph. 213-365-8500/fax 213-365-9616
http://www.pen-usa-west.org

Poetry Center Book Award
A $500 prize awarded to a notable book of poetry.
Submission deadline: December
San Francisco State University Poetry Center
1600 Holloway
San Francisco, CA 94132
ph. 415-338-2227
http://www.sfsu.edu/~newlit

Pulitzer Prizes
Awarded to American authors for a distinguished book of fiction, performed play, history of the U.S., biography or autobiography, verse or general nonfiction.
Submission deadlines: July for books published January - June, November for books published July - December.
Columbia University
702 Journalism Building
New York, NY 10027
ph. 212-854-3841
http://www.pulitzer.org

Small Press Book Awards

Recognizes publishers providing diverse, informative and essential books to North America. Application and copies must be submitted by publisher.
Submission deadline: March
Small Press Magazine
121 East Front Street, Suite 401
Traverse City, MI 49684
ph. 616-933-0445/fax 616-933-0448

Southwest Book Awards
Recognizes the best books about the Southwest (West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region) published each year in any genre. Individuals and publishers may recommend books for consideration by submitting one review copy.
Submission deadline: September
El Paso Public Library
501 N. Oregon
El Paso, TX 79901
ph. 915-543-5441/fax 915-543-5410
http://libraryweb.utep.edu/brla/swbkpub.html

Western States Book Awards
Awarded to publishers and authors in three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.
Submission deadline: Fall
Robert Sheldon, Western States Arts Federation
2442 N.W. Market Street #416
Seattle, WA 98117
ph. 206-285-2979/fax 206-282-3309
http://www.westaf.org

William Carlos Williams Award
PSA will purchase copies of the winning book (a book of poetry published by a small, non-profit, or university press) at a trade discount, for a purchase amount totalling between $500-$2,000.
Submission deadline: December
Poetry Society of America
15 Grammercy Park
New York, NY 10003
ph. 212-254-9628
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa-awards.html


Presses

Curtis Benjamin Award
Recognizes individuals for creativity and innovation in publishing.
Deadline for nominations: November or December
Association of American Publishers
71 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
ph. 212-255-0200 x 264/fax 212-255-7007
http://www.publishers.org/

Firecracker Alternative Book Awards (FABs)

In addition to the book awards, there is also a FAB award for outstanding independent publisher of the year. The FABs are sponsored by 16 publishing, distribution and bookselling organizations.
Nomination deadline: May
Koen Book Distributors
10 Twosome Drive, Box 600
Moorestown, NJ 08057
ph. 800-257-8481/fax 800-225-3840
http://www.koen.com/


Magazines

National Program Director's Prizes for Undergraduate Literary Magazines
Two $500 cash awards for the best undergraduate literary magazines published during an academic year. Instituted by the directors of Associated Writing Program’s member creative writing programs, the prizes are awarded annually in the categories of content & design. Submit magazines by sending two copies of one issue.
Submission deadline: March 15th, 2001
National Program Director's Prizes
Associated Writing Programs
Tallwood House, MSN 1E3
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
http://awpwriter.org/litmags-contest.htm

National Magazine Awards
Any magazine that's published in the U.S. on a regular schedule at least four times a year is eligible for the National Magazine Awards, excluding newspaper supplements and corporate publications. The editor of the magazine must submit entries and there is an entry fee. See the website for entry forms and guidelines.
Deadline for entry: January
American Society of Magazine Editors
919 Third Avenue, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10022
ph. (212) 872-3700
asme@magazine.org

http://www.asme.magazine.org/national_magazine_awards/index.html


Anthologies

To have material considered for any of the "Best Of" anthologies you have to send the journal to the series editor. For literary journals, it's usually best to just send the series editor a complimentary subscription.

Best American Essays
Robert Atwan
1134 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186-2411

Best American Mystery Writing
Otto Penzler, Editor
129 W. 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

Best American Poetry
David Lehman, Editor
104 MacDougal St. #1
New York, NY 10012

Best American Short Stories
Katrina Kenison, Series Editor
222 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116-3764

Best American Travel Writing
Jason Wilson, Editor
PO Box 260
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

New Stories from the South
Shannon Ravenel, Editor
Algonquin Books
Box 2225
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

O. Henry Awards
Larry Dark, Editor
PO Box 739
Montclair, NJ 07042

Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses

Awarded for works previously published by a small press or literary journal.
Submission deadline: December
Bill Henderson, Editor
Pushcart Press
Box 380
Wainscott, NY 11975
ph. 516-324-7449

Thanks to Dedra Earl of the Missouri Review for help with this resource.

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