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Last updated 1st March 2018

Below are tables listing various essay contests and other non-fiction writing competitions, prizes and awards. Some are academic, some offer scholarships and others are just for fun.

If you run an essay competition or non-fiction writing contest and would like me to add it to the lists below, please contact me providing the following information in the body of an email:

  • How often you will be running the contest (eg, annually, quarterly, one-off)
  • The name of your competition
  • A link to your website
  • The country you run the competition from
  • Closing date
  • The date you announce winners
  • Maximum word count for essays
  • Entry fee
  • Top prize
  • Any other details, including how winning writers' essays might be published and any guidelines on theme / style of essays you accept

I do my best to keep this page up-to-date, but if you spot any errors, incorrect information or links that no longer work, please get in touch and let me know - I try and fix any problems quickly :-)

Note On Affiliate Websites Offering Scholarships

Some of the contests listed on this page are run by essay writing service providers. While I'm not totally convinced that these services are entirely ethical (some of them essentially allow students to cheat, by paying someone else to write their essay/thesis), they are still listed here as they do offer large cash prizes, so can be of benefit to writers.

I have revised this page, placing all the essay writing service competitions in one list with a caveat at the top regarding the business niche.

Note On Affiliate Websites Offering Scholarships

In 2017 I started to receive a lot of requests for listings by affiliate websites that have little or nothing to do with writing. They often offer scholarships with decent cash prizes. However, my audience are writers, so I want to keep this page on topic and relevant to them.

Therefore I am no longer accepting listing requests from websites that are not about writing. I've also moved any listings I did have for off-topic websites into the History of Closed Contests list, with a note saying: REMOVED because website has nothing to do with writing.

Featured Essay Contests

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Regular Essay Contests

This table lists non-fiction competitions that are run regularly; weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually etc.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Michael Terence Publishing (MTP) Competition UKVariesVaries3,000£5£300
Notes on MTP Competition: Any style or subject but entrants must be new writers who have never had a full length work published - winners published in printed anthology - also accept short stories (fiction)
New Millennium Essay Award USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually6,000$20$1,000

Notes on New Millennium Awards: Any style or subject - entry fee includes a copy of the anthology

YeahWrite Super ChallengeUSABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,000$25See notes
Notes on YeahWrite Challenge: Any style, but check website for current theme and writing prompts - prize varies (previously it's been $85 to $120) - every writer receives feedback on their submission - YeahWrite also run free weekly challenges for both fiction and creative non-fiction (word limit: 750) as well as a monthly microprose challenge (under 100)

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Prestigious / Large Prize Essay Contests

This table contains details of renowned contests, often offering large amounts of prize money. Any prize awarded in excess of £1,000 ($, € or other currency) is listed here.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay PrizeUKJanuary?3,500FREE£1,000
Notes on Bodley Head/FT Prize: Any style or subject - entrants must be between 18 and 35 years old - you can find more information on the FT website - doesn't seem to have run since 2016, but leaving listing live in case it resurfaces in 2018
Hourglass Literary Magazine Best Essay Award BosniaAprilSeptember9,000$15$1,000

Notes on Hourglass Contest: No theme, or genre limitations - winners published in Hourglass Literary Magazine

Nerdy Bot Scholarship Essay CompetitionUSAFebruaryMarch500FREE$1,000
Notes on Nerdy Bot Competition: Any style or subject but check website for current topic
New Millennium Essay Award USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually6,000$20$1,000

Notes on New Millennium Awards: See notes in regular awards list above

Prism International Creative Non-Fiction Contest CanadaVariesVaries6,000See notes C$1,500

Notes on Prism International Contest: Any style or subject - all contest entrants receive a 1 year subscription to Prism International - winners published in the Prism International magazine - second prize C$600 and C$400 third prize - entry is C$35 if you live in Canada, C$40 if you live in the US and C$45 if you live anywhere else in the world

Ruminate Magazine's Nonfiction Contest USANovemberJanuary5,500$20$1,500
Notes on Ruminate's Contest: Any style or subject - entry fee includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate Magazine - winner published in Ruminate Magazine
SiW Internet Marketing ScholarshipUSADecemberJanuary1,200FREE$1,000
Notes on SiW's Scholarship: Any style but themed around internet marketing - winners published on the SiW website
The Notting Hill Editions Biennial Essay Prize UKVariesVaries8,000£20£20,000

Notes on Notting Hill Prize: Any subject in classic essay format - 2,000 to 8,000 words - 5 runner up prizes of £1,000 - winners published in anthology - entry fee includes copy of previous anthology

The Spectator John Murray PrizeUKMayOctober4,000FREE£20,000
Notes on The Spectator Prize: Any style or subject bu themed, so check website for full details - for previously unpublished authors only - prize is a £20,000 book deal with John Murray - winning essay published in The Spectator and anniversary anthology
Wonder Institute Essay Contest USANovemberDecember1,500$20$1,000

Notes on Wonder Institute Contest: Any style or subject but see website for current topic - winner published on the Wonder Institute website

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Annual Essay Competitions

This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Blue Mesa Review Non-Fiction Writing Contest USAAugustOctober6,000$12$500
Notes on Blue Mesa Review Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in the Blue Mesa Review
Iceland Writers Retreat Writing Contest IcelandNovemberDecember500FREESee notes
Notes on Iceland Writers Retreat Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current theme - top prize is a place at the Iceland Writers Retreat, including accommodation - also accept poetry and short stories
Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society - William Wisdom Creative Writing CompetitionUSAMaySeptember2,500 $25 Varies
Notes on Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Competition: Any style or subject - winners might be published - prizes in the past have been up to $1,500
San Francisco Writers' Conference Writing ContestUSAJanuaryFebruary1,500$35$250
Notes on SF Competition: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash prize, winner receives conference with an agent - they also accept short stories - winners published on website
The Royal Commonwealth Society 'Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition'UKMaySeptemberSee notes FREESee notes

Notes on Royal Commonwealth Society Competition: check website for current topics - 2 age groups; under 14s (max 750 words) and 14 to 18 year olds (max 1,500 words) - prizes vary, but in past prizes have included certificates, resources for schools, visits to London and activities /work experience at international organisations winners published in worldwide media

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Memoir Competitions

This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize

Field of Words Memoir Competition

AustraliaVariesVaries2,000$20$400
Notes on Field of Words Competition: Any style or theme - winners published on website
Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition IrelandJanuaryApril4,000€17€1,000

Notes on Fish Publishing Competition: Any style or theme - winners published in anthology

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One-Off Non-Fiction Writing Competitions

This table lists details of one-off essay and non-fiction competitions.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
ACW Journalism Competition UK 31st August 2018 30th September 2018 1,000£3£25
Notes on ACW Competition: Any style but themed around news stories, so check website for full details - prizes paid as book tokens - winning entry published in Christian Writer (ACW magazine, distributed to 800 members) - entry is free for ACW members
AussieWritings Scholarship Australia 15th May 2018 31st May 2018 1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on AussieWritings Scholarship: Any style or theme, but check website for list of topics

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Essay Writing Service Providers Scholarship List

As mentioned at the top of the page, there are an increasing amount of scholarships, contests, prizes and awards being offered by essay writing service providers.

I'm not convinced that these types of business are entirely ethical as they can offer students a way of cheating, by undertaking their work for them. However, they do offer some generous scholarships and the opportunity to see their work published. That can help writers along their career path.

They can also offer a good service to some customers - EG, if English isn't your first language, or if you want website content written. So, it depends on the focus of each business and how they conduct themselves.

Due to my reservations about this business niche, essay writing service providers that offer a non-fiction writing opportunity are listed separately here. Please make your own mind up about the niche and each business listed before you submit.

Sometimes, contests by essay service providers are listed in the one-off competitions list above.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
123Writings Scholarship Writing Contest USAAugustSeptember1,000FREE$2,500
Notes on 123Writings Contest: Any style, subject or theme, but see website for current list of topics - winners published on website
Assignment Essay Help Benjamin Bloom Scholarship ProgramUSADecemberFebruary2,500FREE$2,500
Notes on Assignment Essay Help Scholarship: Any style or subject - entrants must currently be a student of a college or university
Australian Help Writing ContestAustraliaVariesVaries1,200FREE$700
Notes on Australian Help Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current list of topics - winners published on website
Confident Writers Scholarship Essay Writing ContestUKBi-AnnuallyBi-Annually700FREE$700
Notes on Confident Writers Scholarship: Any style or subject but check website for current topics
EssayPro Writing ContestUSAVariesVariesVariesFREEVaries

Notes on EssayPro Contest: Any style or subject, but you need to chose from a list of topics so check the link for current details - winners published on the EssayPro website - usually offers a $1,000 prize pool

Essay Service Writer’s Encouragement ScholarshipUSABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,200 FREE$500

Notes on Essay Service Scholarship: Check website for current topic and other rules regarding citations and style

Essay Writing Expert Essay Writers ContestUKNovemberNovember1,000FREE$500
Notes on Essay Writing Expert Contest: Any style but check website for current list of topics
Expert Assignment Help Student Essay Writing CompetitionAustraliaDecemberDecember1,000FREE$450
Notes on Expert Assignment Help Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in on EAH blog
Expert Assignment Help Global Goals Scholarship ProgramAustraliaDecemberJanuary3,000FREE$2,500
Notes on Expert Assignment Scholarship: Any style or subject but themed around Global Goals, so check website for full details
Lifesaver Essays Essay Writing Contest USAVariesVaries1,300FREEVaries
Notes on Lifesaver Essays Contest: Any style but see website for list of current topics - competition will be run up to 4 times a year - winners published on the Lifesaver Essays blog - top prizes have been as high as $600 in the past
Oz Essays Scholarship Essay Writing ContestAustraliaJulyJuly5 pages FREE$1,000
Notes on Oz Essays Contest: Any style, but entry must answer a question so check website for current details
SolidEssay Essay ContestUSAVariesVaries800FREE$1,000
Notes on SolidEssay Contest: Any style or subject but you need to chose from a list of topics, so check website for current details - winners published on website
ThePensters ScholarshipUSAMayJune500FREE$1,000

Notes on Pensters Scholarship: Any subject, but narrative writing preferred - check the website for details of essay requirements

A History of Closed Essay Contests

For reference, a record of non-fiction writing contests that have closed.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
24Writer 'How Winning Are Your Essays' Contest USA15th May 2016 1st June 2016 1,000FREE$500

Notes on 24Writer Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - CLOSED, was a one-off

Academic Help Writing ContestUSAAugustSeptember1,200FREESee notes

Notes on Academic Help Competition: Any style or subject, but must be persuasive - winner receives a writing certificate - entrants must be a high-school, college or university student - CLOSED 2016

Affiliate Blogging Tips Scholarship ProgramUSADecemberDecember500FREE$800
Notes on Australian Help Contest: Any style, but see website for current subject matters - entries from US citizens / residents only - DOESN'T SEEM TO BE RUNNING ANYMORE, and website is for sale so removed listing Jan 2018
All Top Reviews Writing ContestUSA31st December 2017 10th January 2018 700FREE$500
Notes on All Top Reviews Contest: Review writing contest - prize money has to be spent with a website reviewed by All Top Reviews - CLOSED, was a one-off
Apps Free For PC Digital & Technology ScholarshipUSAMarchApril1,000FREE$500
Notes on Apps Free For PC scholarship: Any style, subject or theme - winner published on the website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000FREE$200

Notes on AskPetersen Scholarship: Any style or subject, but themed so check website for current topics - CLOSED 2016

Assignment Masters Winter Essay Contest USA20th February 2018 ?800FREE$1,000
Notes on Assignment Masters Essay Contest: Any style or theme - CLOSED, was a one off
Best Essay ScholarshipUK 30th November 2017 7th December 20171,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Best Essay Scholarship: Any style or theme, but see website for prompts - decent cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place too - CLOSED, was a one-off
Best of Bests Scholarship USANovemberDecember1,200FREE$1,000
Notes on BoB Scholarship: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Best Pressure Cooker Student ScholarshipBangladeshDecemberDecember1,000FREE$2,000
Notes on BPC Scholarship: Any style, but see website for current topics - you have to be a student to enter - the scholarship - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Bid 4 Papers Essay Contest USAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$500

Notes on Bid 4 Papers Essay Competition: Themed, so check website for current theme - entrants must be 25 or under - winners published on Facebook - CLOSED 2016

Boom Essays Writing Contest

USAFebruaryMarch1,000FREE$2,000
Notes on Boom Essays Contest: Any style, but check website for current topics - winner published by Boom Essays - 2nd prize $1,500 and 3rd prize $1,000 - NOT RUN FOR OVER A YEAR, so removed listing Jan 2018
Build Your Own Blog New Writer ScholarshipUSA29th Nov 2015 Dec 2015 no max stated FREE$4,000

Notes on Build Your Own Blog Scholarship: Any style or theme - CLOSED

Craft Resumes Creative Workforce Transition Scholarship USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,000FREE$1,000

Notes on Craft Resumes Scholarship: Any style or subject but themed so check website for details - winners published on the Craft Resumes blog and offered a paid 1 to 3 month internship - CLOSED 2016

Custom Writing Essay Writing Contest UKQuarterlyQuarterly650FREE$800
Notes on Custom Writing Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current topics - winners published on the Custom Writing blog - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018
EduBirdie Essay Writing Contest USAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$500

Notes on EduBirdie Essay Contest: Themed, so check the website for current details - winners published on website - cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place writers too - CLOSED 2016

EssayHub Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000FREE$500
Notes on EssayHub Contest: Any style but check website for current topics - winners published on website - CLOSED 2017
Essay Mama Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,300FREE$450

Notes on Essay Mama Competition: Themed, so check the website for current details - winners published on the Essay Mama website - CLOSED 2016

Essay Mama Christmas Writing Contest USA25th December 2014 5th January 2015 4,000See notes $450

Notes on Essay Mama Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around Christmas - to enter, you must like their Facebook page and share the competition link - 15 winning stories published in a printed book - CLOSED 2015

EssayRoo Australian Writing Contest

AustraliaMarchMarch800FREE$3,000
Notes on EssayRoo Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current topics - 2nd prize $2,500, 3rd prize $1,500 - winners published on the website - CLOSED 2017
EssaysCapital Writing ContestUSABiannuallyBiannually1,700FREE$3,000

Notes on Prism International Contest: Any style or subject but there are a choice of topics, so check website for current details - winners' essays will be published on EssaysCapital Blog - I've recently received some concerns from users about this competition - it seems they have not announced winners and not contacted entrants - you can learn more on the EssaysCapital Facebook page, where users are asking what's going on with no response - I've contacted EssaysCapital to ask them if the competition is still running - if I don't hear back soon I'll remove this listing - UPDATE JAN 2017: I NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THEM SO HAVE RETIRED THIS LISTING

Essay Supply Cyberbullying ExperienceUSA30th June 2017 31st July 2017 1,000FREE$1,500
Notes on Essay Supply Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - CLOSED, was a one-off
Garden Museum’s Festival of Garden Literature Writing Competition UKMay June2,500£5£2,500

Notes on Garden Museum’s Writing Competition: Memoirs inspired by or set in a garden - winners published by Granta Online - CLOSED 2015

Highfield Press 'Picture Worth 1000 Words' Essay ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000$20$1,000

Notes on Highfield Press Competition: Themed - uses a different picture to inspire writers for each contest, see website for current details - winners published on website - entries may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story - CLOSED 2016

JetWriters Essay Writing Contest 2nd Edition USA15th Nov 2015 23rd Nov 2015 1,200FREE$400

Notes on JetWriters Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $150 - CLOSED

Juicingbeasts Staying Healthy Scholarship

Malaysia OctoberNovember1,000FREE$500
Notes on Juicingbeasts Competition: Any style but check website for current topic - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Londnr Magazine New Voices CompetitionUK1st June 2017 1st August 2017 1,000£4See notes
Notes on Londnr Magazine Competition: Any style or theme - winner receives a paid feature-length article, published in A/W 2017 magazine and a paid contract for a set of three articles for the Londnr online, mentoring, free tickets to the launch party and other Londnr events - CLOSED, was a one-off
Ninja Essays Writing Contest USAVariesVaries1,000FREE$500

Notes on Ninja Essays Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - competition is run every 3 to 4 months - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018

Noplag Scholarship Essay ContestUSA31st August 2017 September 2017 5,000FREE$2,500
Notes on Noplag Contest: Any style but there are a number of topics to choose from, so visit the Noplag website for full details - deadline was in June, but extended to end of August - CLOSED, was a one-off
OmniPapers Writing ContestUSAVariesVaries1,500FREE$500

Notes on OmniPapers Contest: Themed, so check website for current theme - participants must be 20-25 years old - winners published on the OmniPapers website - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from website 2018

Phenq Avis Value Of Being Fit Scholarship ProgramUSAMarchApril1,000FREE$750
Notes on Phenq Avis Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on the Phenq Avis website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Productivity Spot Education Scholarship IndiaOctoberNovember1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Productivity Spot Scholarship: Any style but check website for current subject/theme - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
ProEssayWriting Challenge USA10th February 2017 20th February 2017 1,000FREE$1,000

Notes on ProEssayWriting Challenge: Any style but there are a number of topics to choose from, please visit the website for full details - 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 - CLOSED, was a one-off

Rewarded Essays Writing Contest USA20th October 2017 30th October 2017 900FREE$500
Notes on Rewarded Essays Competition: Any style or theme - CLOSED, was a one-off
Sentence House Scholarship USADecemberJanuary1,500FREE$1,500
Notes on Sentence House Scholarship: Any style or subject - winners published on website - OPENS UP RANDOM SPAMMY LINKS, so removed from listings Jan 2018
Showboxa.Com Writing Contest For Science & Tech EnthusiastsUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$1,000

Notes on Showboxa Contest: Any style but themed, so check website for current details - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing

Smart Paper Help Writing Scholarship USAJanuaryJanuary1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Smart Paper Help Scholarship: Any style but check website for current topics - 2nd prize $700, 3rd prize $400 - CLOSED 2016
Smart.Study Essay Writing ScholarshipUK1st August 2016 15th August 2016 700FREE$700

Notes on Smart.Study Scholarship: Any style but there are 3 topics to choose from, visit the site for details - winners published on the Smart.Study blog

SpeedyPaper Global Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly600FREE$1,000

Notes on SpeedyPaper Contest: Any style, but themed, so check website for current details - NOT RUN FOR OVER 6 MONTHS, so removed listing Jan 2018

Student Scholarship from Unplag Cyprus1st Mar 2016 9th Mar 2016 500FREE$2,000

Notes on Unplag Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - winners published on the Unplag blog - prize money given to the University the student studies at, so goes towards their tuition fees - 2 runners-up receive free subscription to Unplag plagiarism detection service

Student Wordsmith 'The Growing Unease' Journalism Competition UK18th December 2015 Jan 2016 2,000£5See notes

Notes on Student Wordsmith Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - winners published in a pamphlet and 'exciting prizes' offered to winners

Swift River 'My Mother, My Hero' Essay ContestUSA1st May 2017 12th May 2017 250FREE$200
Notes on Swift River Contest: Any style but themed - Swift River will use the winning essay as part of their efforts to fight addiction
The London Magazine Essay CompetitionUK 31st August 2017October1,500£10£500
Notes on The London Magazine Competition: Any style or theme - winner published in The London Magazine - runners-up published on website - 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £200 - CLOSED, was a one-off
The Travelex Next Great Travel Writer 2017 UK5th February 2017 ?1,000FREE£1,500

Notes on Travelex Competition: Any style but themed around travel - in addition to cash, the winner receives a session with a Penguin editor - there's also a student category with a £500 prize - the contest is judged by journalists, Penguin editors and international bloggers - CLOSED, was a one-off

UK Writing's British Essay Writing ContestUKMayJune900FREE£3,500
Notes on British Essay Contest: Any style or theme, but check website out for the list of current topics - the 3 winning essays are published on the UK Writing website - NOT RUN FOR OVER A YEAR, so removed listing Jan 2018
Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Non-Ficiton Contest UKAugustOctober500See notes See notes
Notes on Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest : Humorous style and check website for current topic - if you enter for FREE, the top prize is £50; if you pay £5 entry, the top prize is £100 - winning entries published in Verbolatry newsletter and on their website - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018
Widows & Widowers Magazine Writing Competition UK1st Sept 2015 12th Dec 2015 5,000FREESee notes

Notes on Widows & Widowers Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - 3 winning essays published in magazine - all shortlisted entries published in an anthology

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Plus writers colonies, writing contests, prizes, fundraising, grant proposal writing, contest scams


� American Library Association awards
� Award competitions and contests, lists of
� Awards for biography and biographers
� Awards for historical fiction
� Awards for mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels, and crime fiction
� Short story prizes
� Children's and teens' book awards
� Contest and award scams and competitions to be wary about
� Indie awards of several kinds
(including awards geared to self-published books)
� PEN American literary awards
� Lists of poetry awards
� Writers colonies (aka residencies, communities, retreats)
� Fellowships and grants
� Grants and awards for translation
� Getting funded: grant proposals (writing and editing, tips, workshops, books about)
If a link doesn't work, or an important site is not listed, let me know. URLs change so often it's hard to keep up. If you encounter a bad link, let me know, but meanwhile, just Google the terms given here and you're likely to find the site (unless an award is no longer given).
The Authors Guild has a helpful page of monthly Calls for Submissions


Awards and contests, lists of:

� American Literary Awards (a list on Wikipedia)
� Authors Guild guide to Contests, Grants, and Residencies
� Award submissions calendar (Poets & Writers handy calendar helps you schedule submissions for writing contests, grants, and other literary awards). See also Poets & Writers database of writing contests, grants & awards as well as G&A: The Contest Blog (Poets&Writers)
� Award Annals (ranks creative works honored by more than 180 book awards, film awards, and music awards). Here is information about the 69 award organizations represented on Award Annals.
� Between the Covers guide to literary awards and book lists (a rare-book store's excellent reference section)
� Big Fat Prize (information about contests, competitions, awards, prizes in many categories)
� Book Awards and Media Awards (Booklist Online)
� Book Awards for Self-Published Authors (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer)
� Canada Council links to Writing & Publishing Grants and Prizes
� Contests, grants, & residencies (Authors Guild links)Calls for submissions by month
� E&P Journalism Awards and Fellowship Directory (free PDF download). A comprehensive list from Editor & Publisher (2010) of more than 500 awards, grants, scholarships and contests -- national and international -- available to journalists and other newspaper professionals. With a subject index to make locating specific awards easier.
� Film Awards (Wikipedia)
� Film award ceremonies and festivals (Internet Movie Database, IMDb)
� Funds for Writers (C. Hope Clark's website and newsletter)
� Getting Funded (Writers & Editors links to grant-funding resources)
� Goodreads list of award winners (as a guide for READERS)
� Grants & Awards. The PEN guide, formerly a book, is now an online database to which you can subscribe ($10 for members, $12 for non-members -- for nearly 1,500 listings of domestic and foreign grants, literary awards, fellowships, and residencies)
� John Kremer's list for Book Marketing and Book Promotion (includes competitions that welcome self-published books)
� Journalism awards and prizes (NewsLab)
� Media and Journalism Awards: December 2014 Edition (Sonia Paul, MediaShift, 12-05-14) Organized by month of deadline.
� NewPages Big List of Writing & Book Contests
� New Pages calendar of Writing Contest classifieds (poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, photography, etc. -- only for publications listed by NewPages, for literary and alternative magazines and publishers and university presses). See its complete list, by deadline month
� Newswise calendar of Journalism Awards (you have to qualify and sign in)
� Poets & Writers Writing Contests, Grants & Awards
� Preditors and Editors list of writing contests (on which they indicate which contests not to enter)
� Radio/​Media Awards Directory (AIR wiki, Association of Independents in Radio)
� Science Fiction Awards Database, a rebranding, redesign, and expansion of the LOCUS Index to Science Fiction Awards
� Society of Authors (UK) links to Grants & Prizes
� 31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes (Kelly Gurnett, The Write Life, 3-21-17)
� 33 Writing Contests for Teens (Publication & Cash) (Bookfox)
� The Top 10 Screenwriting Contests: An Industry Exec's P.O.V. (Authors in Your Pockets)
� Wikipedia links to nonfiction literary awards
� Wikipedia links to literary awards by genre and type
� WritersNet guide to writing contests and awards
� Writing competitions for law students (Nova Southeaster University's links to campus guides by subject includes a link to the University of Richmond'sLegal Essay Contest Catalog.
� Writing contests in 2017 and in 2018 (Reedsy)
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Contest and awards scams and
competitions to be wary about

� Writing Contests: Facts and Fakes...And How to Tell the Difference (Victoria Strauss)
� Preditors and Editors list of contests, competitions, and services to avoid
� The Red Flags of Writing Contests (C. Hope Clark, guest blogging on Writer Beware, 8-13-12). Clark is editor of Funds for Writers , a newsletter whose 45,000 readers are notified of calls for submissions from grants, contests, and publishers.
� Contest and award fakes (Writer Beware on fake contests, the most common of which are conducted by vanity anthology companies)
� Beware of Fake Awards (Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware)
� Legitimate contests vs. contest scams (Poetry page, Writers and Editors site--because most of the fake contests seem to involve poetry)
� What you stand to lose in travel photo contests (Richard Stupart, MatadorNetwork.com, 4-3-13). Under the "barely concealed bait of a competition to win a wonderful prize, some organizations inviting you to share your favorite photos are asking you to sign away your rights, and to grab those rights for themselves, without payment or acknowledgment, and forever. Read the terms of the contest, and don't let your ego (winning) overcome your common sense. Don't be a sucker!
� Web Resources that Help You Identify Scams (Winning Writers)
� The Free Contest Scheme (Writer Beware, SFWA). In this version of the vanity anthology scheme, writers are targeted via a free contest. Another variation: Pay to Play Anthologies (often nonfiction), and other schemes to get writers to open their wallets.
� Vanity book awards (Laura Miller, Salon, 11-17-09) Want to win some props for your masterpiece? We can do that -- for a price. The National Best Books Awards are "a new twist in the age-old practice of profiting off the dreams of aspiring writers."
� Writer Beware warns against IndieReader Discovery Awards
� When a writing contest has a hidden agenda (Victoria Strauss, WriterBeware)
� Awards Profiteering: The Book Festival Empire of JM Northern Media (Victoria Strauss, WriterBeware, 11-15-13)
� How to Avoid Writing Contest Scams (Genius_knight, wikiHow,
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AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards for outstanding reporting for a general audience, honoring individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Each category winner receives $3,000. Categories for U.S. submissions: U.S. submissions in the following categories: Large Newspaper, Small Newspaper, Magazine, Television:Spot News/​Feature Reporting, Television:In-depth Reporting, Radio, and Online. international category for Children's Science News is open to journalists worldwide across all news media. International category for Children's Science News is open to journalists worldwide across all news media. (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) Awards, with an emphasis on academic history.


AARP Movies for Grownups Awards


AAAS Science Dance contest (best performance of a dissertation choreographed and set to music), link to 4 You-Tube videos of winners who best bridged art and science, dancing their PhD thesis


ADDYs (American Advertising Federation, AAF, "honoring advertising's best and brightest")

Agatha Awards, presented at Malice Domestic convention for fans of traditional mysteries. Awards for best contemporary novel, best historical novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, best short story, best children's/​young adult novel.


AHCJ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism (Association of Health Care Journalists). Awards by journalists for journalists, to recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. Awards in twelve categories: Beat Reporting (all sizes), Health Policy (large and small division), Public Health (large and small division), Trade (all sizes), Business (large and small division--stories that explore where medicine and business intersect), Investigative (large and small division--sttories that shed light on things the public should know about, but government, private industry or others would rather remain secret), Consumer/​Feature (large and small division).
Entries compete head-to-head no matter whether they appeared in magazines, newspapers, trade publications or on radio or television stations or websites.

AHCJ professional development fellowships (Association of Health Care Journalists). Among fellowships available:
---National Cancer Reporting Fellowships (AHCJ and National Cancer Institute)
---AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance
---AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research (AHCJ and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
---AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships (AHCJ and the National Library of Medicine)
---Full list of AHCJ fellowships here.


ALA Awards (from the American Library Association) greatly influence library, school, and family purchases. They include:
� Margaret A. Edwards Award for young adult literature
� William C. Morris YA Debut Award
� Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
� Schneider Family Book Award (to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences)
� The Odyssey Awards (best audio book for children and/​or young adults, in English, in U.S.)
� YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association award)
� Coretta Scott King Book Awards (to honor African American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults)
� Alex Awards (for ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18)
� Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
RUSA Book & Media awards (a whole separate list, from the ALA's Reference and User Services Association), including the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, Best Free Reference Websites, Best Historical Materials, Best of the Best Business Websites, Dartmouth Medal (see below), The Listen List, Notable Books, Outstanding Business Reference Sources, Outstanding Reference Sources, The Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, plus a bevy of achievement awards and section awards, from the American Library Association).

American Academy of Arts and Letters awards
Each year the Academy honors over 70 composers, artists, architects, and writers with awards and prizes ranging from $5000 to $100,000. Candidates for awards must be nominated by an Academy member, with the sole exception of the Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.
Awards for literature and writing include
---Blake-Dodd Prize ($25,000, triennially, for a nonfiction writer)
---Marc Blitzstein Award ( $10,000, to be given periodically to a composer, lyricist, or librettist, to encourage the creation of works of merit for musical theater and opera)
---Michael Braude Award ($5000 triennially, for light verse written in English regardless of the writer�s country of origin)
---Benjamin H. Danks Award (an annual prize of $20,000 in rotation to a composer of ensemble works, a playwright, and a writer)
---E. M. Forster Award ($20,000 to a young English writer toward a stay in the United States)
---Gold Medals ( two medals a year in the rotating categories of Belles Lettres and Criticism, and Painting; Biography and Music; Fiction and Sculpture; History and Architecture (including Landscape Architecture); Poetry and Music; and Drama and Graphic Art)
---The William Dean Howells Medal (medal given once every five years in recognition of the most distinguished American novel published during that period
---The Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction ($5000, given for the best published first novel or collection of short stories of the preceding year)
---The Award of Merit Medal (accompanied by $25,000 and given each year, in rotation, to an outstanding person in America representing one of the following arts: Painting, the Short Story, Sculpture, the Novel, Poetry, and Drama)
---Addison M. Metcalf Award in Literature (a biennial award of $10,000 to honor a young writer of great promise.
---Katherine Anne Porter Award ($20,000 to honor a prose writer whose achievements and dedication to the literary profession have been demonstrated)
---Arthur Rense Prize (an award triennially of $20,000 in memory of the poet Arthur Rense, to an exceptional poet)
---Rosenthal Family Foundation Award ($10,000 for a work of fiction published during the preceding year that is a considerable literary achievement)
---The Mildred and Harold Strauss Living ($100,000 a year for a period of two years, that provide two writers of English prose literature an annual stipend to enable them to devote their time exclusively to writing)
---John Updike Award (a biennial award of $20,000 recognizes a writer in mid-career who has demonstrated consistent excellence)
---Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award ($20,000 is given annually to single out recent prose that merits recognition for the quality of its style)
---The E. B. White Award ($10,000, given to a writer for achievement in children�s literature)
---Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation ($20,000 to a practitioner, scholar, or patron who has made a significant contribution to the art of literary translation)
---Morton Dauwen Zabel Award (a $10,000 biennial award given in rotation to a poet, writer of fiction, or critic, of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies).

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) awards (a division of ALA)
� (John) Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
� Randolph) Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children
� (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
� (May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
� Mildred L.) Batchelder Award to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
� (Pura) Belpr� Medal honors a Latino/​Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
� (Andrew) Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.
� (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children�s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year
� ALSC/​Booklist/​YALSA) Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production to the best audiobook produced for children and/​or young adults, available in English in the United States.
� (Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (grand prize, a $50,000 advance on a publishing contract with Amazon/​CreateSpace; four first prizes, advances of $15,000 each). See highlights of Amazon contract and FAQs. Submissions for 2013 were due in January 2013.


American Academy of Arts and Letters awards

These include Arts and Letters Awards in Literature, conveying both $7500 and honor to five artists, eight writers, four composers, and three architects (with composers receiving an additional $7500 toward the recording of a work). See descriptions of a long list of additional prestigious awards, often accompanied by a generous cash prize:
� Eight Arts and Letters Awards in Literature (formerly Academy Awards) of $10,000 each are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, dramatists, and translators.
� Michael Braude Award, a $5000 triennial award for light verse written in English regardless of the writer's country of origin.
� Benjamin H. Danks Award, to encourage young talent, an annual prize of $20,000 in rotation to a composer of ensemble works, a playwright, and a writer
� Blake Dodd Prize, a triennial award of $25,000 for a nonfiction writer
� E. M. Forster Award, an award of $20,000 to be given to a young English writer toward a stay in the United States
� Gold Medals for distinguished achievement in several different categories of the arts, including Belles Lettres and Criticism, Biography, Fiction, History, Poetry, and Drama.
� The William Dean Howells Medal, given once every five years in recognition of the most distinguished American novel published during that period
� Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, $5000 is given for the best published first novel or collection of short stories of the preceding year
� Award of Merit, a medal accompanied by $25,000 that is given each year, in rotation, to an outstanding person in America representing one of the following arts: Painting, the Short Story, Sculpture, the Novel, Poetry, and Drama.
� Metcalf Award in Literature, a biennial award of $10,000 to honor young writers of great promise.
� Katherine Anne Porter Award, biennial award of $20,000 to honor a prose writer who has demonstrated achievements and dedication to the literary profession
� Arthur Rense Prize, an award of $20,000 given triennially to an exceptional poet.
� Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction, $10,000 awarded annually to a young novelist for a book published during the previous year that is a considerable literary achievement.
� The Mildred and Harold Strauss Livings funds, provide two writers of English prose literature an annual stipend of $100,000 for a period of two years to enable them to devote their time exclusively to writing
� John Updike Award, $20,000 awarded biennially to a writer in mid-career who has demonstrated consistent excellence.
� Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, $20,000 given annually to single out recent prose that merits recognition for the quality of its style
� E.B. White Award, $10,000 given to a writer for achievement in children's literature.
� Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation, $20,000 to recognize a practitioner, scholar, or patron who has made a significant contribution to the art of literary translation
� Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, $10,000 biennially awarded in rotation to a poet, writer of fiction, or critic, of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies.
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American Academy of Religion (AAR) Awards
� AAR Best First Book in the History of Religions Award
� Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Constructive-Reflective; Historical; Analytical-Descriptive; Textual)
� Award for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion
� Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award
� Religion and the Arts Award.


American Academy of Religion (AAR) book awards

ACES awards (ACES, The Society for Editing, formerly American Copy Editors Society)
� Headline contest ($2,250 in cash prizes honors those who masterfully write clever, sophisticated, unique headlines)
� Robinson Prize ($3,000 each year to one copy editor whose work demonstrates exceptional effectiveness)
� Glamann Award (recognizing people and organizations that have contributed to our society and the craft of copy editing)

American History Book Prize (prize and $50,000 are awarded by the New York Historical Society for an adult nonfiction book on American history or biography distinguished by its scholarship, literary style, and appeal to a general as well as an academic audience)



American Poets Prizes, Academy of American Poets Numerous awards, prizes, fellowships for poetry in the United States, ranging in value from $1,000 to $100,000.
� Academy of American Poets Fellowship ($25,000 prize)
� Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award ($1,000)
� Harold Morton Landon Translation Award ($1,000)
� James Laughlin Award ($5,000 plus a weeklong residency in Miami Beach and distribution of the winning book to 1,000 members)
� Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize ($25,000)
� Raiziss/​de Palchi Translation Awards ($10,000 book prize, and $25,000 fellowship)
� University & College Poetry Prizes
� Wallace Stevens Award ($100,000 stipend)


American Horticultural Society awards for Excellence in Children's Literature (outstanding children�s gardening and nature books), and the AHS Gardening Book Award (the award for adult gardening books)

American Literary Awards (a list on Wikipedia)

American Medical Writers Association awards.
COMPETITIVE awards ((celebrating achievements in medical communications over the previous year and encouraging engagement in the profession):
� Eric W. Martin award (for excellence in medical writing for members of AMWA)
� AMWA Medical Book Awards
HONORARY awards (recognizing the careers and achievements of both members and nonmembers who have made significant contributions to the profession):
� The Alvarez Award (honors excellence in communicating health care developments and concepts to the public)
� The McGovern Award (for preeminent contributions to medical communication)
� The Swanberg Distinguished Service Award (to an active member of AMWA who has made distinguished contributions to medical communication or rendered unusual and distinguished services to the medical profession)

American Mosaic Journalism Prize,$100,000, from the Heising-Simons Foundation �recognizes journalism�s critical ability to foster greater understanding and empathy, and aims to reward and empower exceptional journalists,� will recognize two freelancers each with a $100,000 unrestricted cash gift for long-form, impactful work. It can go to journalists working in any medium. The Heising-Simons Foundation supports work that advances research in science, the climate and clean energy, early childhood education and human rights. See There�s a new award for freelancers (and it comes with $100,000) (Kristen Hare, Poynter, 1-24-18) The prize, a surprise to the recipients, is based on confidential nominations from leaders in journalism.

American Poets Prizes, Academy of American Poets
Numerous awards, prizes, fellowships for poetry in the United States, ranging in value from $1,000 to $100,000.
� Academy of American Poets Fellowship ($25,000 prize)
� Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award ($1,000)
� Harold Morton Landon Translation Award ($1,000)
� James Laughlin Award ($5,000 plus a weeklong residency in Miami Beach and distribution of the winning book to 1,000 members)
� Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize ($25,000)
� Raiziss/​de Palchi Translation Awards ($10,000 book prize, and $25,000 fellowship)
� University & College Poetry Prizes
� Wallace Stevens Award ($100,000 stipend)

American Political Science Association (APSA) Book Awards:
� Ralph J. Bunche Award best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism ($1,000)
� Gladys M. Kammerer (best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy, $1,000)
� Victoria Schuck Award (best book on women and politics, $1,000)
� Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award (best book on government, politics, or international affairs, $5,000, supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation)

American Short Fiction Short Story Contest

Amnesty International Media Awards (celebrating the best in human rights journalism)

Amy Foundation Writing Awards (writing in secular markets, using at least one biblical passage; first prize, $10,000)

Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship (an annual scholarship of about $54,000 to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. No age requirement, nor need poet be previously published, though previous winners have been.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in fiction and nonfiction (new in 2012, funded by the Carnegie Corporation and awarded by the American Library Association--$1500 for finalists, $5000 for winners).

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Established in 1935, this important American book prize focuses on works that address racism and diversity.

Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. The 2010 awards from this 22-year-old awards program for writers, editors, publications staff, and business and nonprofit communicators drew 3,700 entries (at $99 per entry) in 130 communications categories. It presented 1132 Awards of Excellence in 127 categories and 100 Grand Awards in the 11 main categories: newsletters; magazines and journals; magapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and reports; electronic media and video; Web and intranet sites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and special publications.Sponsored by Communications Concepts, publishers of Writing That Works: The Business Communications Concept. One winner was a booklet about the National Library Service for the Blind's Talking Books Program.

� Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards

A Room of Her Own (AROHO) awards and prizes
� AROHO�s $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award , for an imagined yet unwritten poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project, selected from women who are finalists in four categories: creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry, with $5,000 for the three finalists who don't get the Freedom Award). See application process.
� $1,000 to the annual Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes for one woman�s unpublished poetry collection and one woman�s �everything but poetry� manuscript (respectively)
� $10,000 Shakespeare�s Sister Fellowship given to a woman playwright to fund and facilitate the completion of a new dramatic work
� 4 Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The Los Angeles Review awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a women writers.


Artist Trust (supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines



Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Awards (in these categories: Biography, Children's Books, General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, and Theology)

ASJA writing awards (American Society of Journalists & Authors). ASJA also infrequently presents a Conscience-in-Media Award, and frequently helps writers through the ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF), to established freelance writers who, because of advancing age, illness, or disability, are unable to work.

ASNE awards for excellence in journalism (American Society of News Editors, awards in nine categories, including the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting ($1,000 to $10,000).

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs directory of conferences & centers).


Association of Writers & Writing Programs, AWP Award Series. Awards (with $$ amounts for 2015): AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction ($2,500), AWP Prize for the Novel ($2,500), the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry ($5,500), the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction ($5,500), George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature ($2,000 honorarium), AWP Small Press Publisher Award ($2,000). See Guidelines.. Open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence.

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The Audies, the Oscars for audiobooks, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (AP)

The Audio Verse awards Celebrating the best in free audio drama around the world. If you have to pay to listen to it, it's not eligible.

The Authors League Fund. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.


Bad Sex in Fiction Award (Literary Review). See Top 10 worst sex scenes in modern literature.. This award elicits its own reviews. such as 'Perfunctory' sex is pretty good, even with public shaming (Douglas Perry, Oreg0nian).

The Baillie Gifford Prize (�30,000, "The most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK," to reward the best of non-fiction. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize. See Rules and Conditions of Entry. Authors of any nationality are eligible, and their books can originally have been published in any language provided that they are first published in English in the UK between the specified dates.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). This annual UK award, for fiction by women writing in English, for books published in the UK and submitted by publisher, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women�s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for �30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a �Bessie�, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

BAFTA Awards , the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for film, television and games, including children's entertainment, presented at annual ceremonies across the UK and in Los Angeles. See Wikipedia lists of best films.


The Bancroft Prizes, awarded by Columbia University, for authors of distinguished work in American History (including biography) and Diplomacy. For works originally written in English and published in the Americas (North, Central, and South).


Banipal Trust for Arab Literature A prize of �3,000 awarded annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English, published for the first time in English during the previous year.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards

Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism celebrates the best in print and online investigative business journalism each year, with awards named for two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Don Barlett and Jim Steele. Find rules and application here.Deadline for submissions: July 31. Awards presented in November (a gold award of $5,000, a silver prize of $2,000 and a bronze award of $1,000).

Barry Awards for Best Crime Fiction (given by Deadly Pleasures Magazine and Mystery News)

Bay Area Planet Earth Awards for best travel article or essay (Bay Area Travel Writers)

Bellevue Literary Review prizes
~Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry
~Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
~Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction

Bellwether Prize for Fiction ($25,000 plus publication, for "a literature of social change")

Benjamin Franklin Awards, (Independent Book Publishers Association, IBPA) awards in 55 categories, recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, for independent publishers. See also Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (honoring the best in digital book innovation)

Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for best full-length bookswritten by an author or authors whose primary profession is print, broadcast, or electronic journalism, sponsored by New York Public Library. Factors considered: the subject's significance, the book's influence on on public opinion or policy, and the quality of reporting and writing.

The Best of Photojournalism (NPPA, the contest designed by photojournalists for photojournalists)

Between the Covers (rare-book store's guide to literary awards and book lists)


The Bibliographical Society of America offers numerous fellowships, ranging in value from $3,000 to $6,000, which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. It also awards a few prizes:
---William L. Mitchell Prize for bibliography or documentary work on early British periodicals or newspapers
---Justin G. Schiller Prize to encourage scholarship in the bibliography of historical children�s books
---St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize, which encourages scholarship in the bibliography of American history and literature.

Robert W. Bingham Prize (PEN) awards a cash stipend of $25,000 to exceptionally talented fiction writers whose debut work -- a first novel or collection of short stories published in the award year -- represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism ($20,000, and check out the other Nieman Foundation awards on that page)


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Biography and Biographers, awards for:
See fuller description of award under its own name in master list. The Biographer's Craft newsletter will keep you up to date on when applications are due and on any special news about a particular year's award.
� Annual BIO awards (Biographers International Organization), including The Plutarch Award (biography's Oscar), The BIO Award (BIO's highest honor, to an individual for contributions to advancing the art and craft of biography), the Biblio Award (to a librarian or archivist who has made an exceptional contribution to the craft of biography), Editorial Excellence award (to an outstanding editor, from nominations submitted by BIO members), and the Hazel Rowley Prize , $2000 Prize for Best Proposal from a First-time Biographer (Biographers International Organization)
� Biographers' Club (UK) prizes, including
--The Tony Lothian Prize. The �2,000 ($2,569) Tony Lothian Prize (sponsored by her daughter, Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch) supports uncommissioned first-time writers working on a biography. Find entry form here. Deadline July 27, 2017
--Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Entry (Biographers Club of London accepts entries for best first biography (literary memoirs also eligible). Prize, �2,500 ($3,238) sponsored by Slightly Foxed, The Real Reader�s Quarterly). Deadline Nov. 1. See entry form here.
--Lifetime Services to Biography Prize
� Cross Sports Book Awards: Biography of the Year (in British sportswriting)
� Evans Biography Award ($10,000) for biography of someone who spent a significant part of his or her life in the Interior West, also known as �Mormon Country� � the region historically influenced by Mormon institutions and social practices. Neither the biography�s subject nor author need belong to the Mormon faith. Presented by Utah State University�s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The $2,500 Evans Handcart Award is given to a biography addressing similar subjects but broadens the criteria to include family histories, and focuses on first-time and emerging authors.
� John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships (midcareer awards)
� Leon Levy Biography Fellowships ($60,000 stipend)
� Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography (�5,000 presented annually for a historical biography published the preceding year)
� Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
� Mayborn Fellowship in Biography with James McGrath Morris in Santa Fe, NM. May deadline. See Mayborn contests.
� Mayborn National Biography Writing Contest (for high school or community college students)
� Mayborn Conference Young Spurs Biography Contest
� National Book Critics Circle awards in Biography and in Autobiography. Before 2005, autobiography and biography together were one category.
� National Biography Award $25,000--the richest national prize dedicated to Australian biographical writing and memoir, for a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres. The authors of up to six shortlisted works will each receive
$1,000. Eligible works: biography, autobiography or memoir in English, about an Australian subject or someone who has made a substantial contribution to Australia. See Guidelines.
� National Jewish Book Award in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir (a Krauss Family Award in memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg
� PEN/​Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000)
� The Plutarch Award (Biographers International Organization). BIO, an organization of practicing biographers and lovers of biography, has presented this Best Biography of the Year award annually since 2013.
� Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. (See Pulitzer Stirs Controversy by Awarding the Biography/​ Autobiography Prize to Memoirs (James McGrath Morris, BIO, 6-14-17) "Most [biographers] believe that memoir is a fundamentally different form of writing about a life in that it does not require any form of documentation, especially the kind of research that often distinguishes biographies." David Nasaw: "...there should be some references, footnotes, endnotes, or in the text itself, which gave the reader the confidence that what was being said, or what was being reported, had actually taken place. The Pulitzer guidelines made that abundantly clear." Judges for the 2015 Pulitzer did research: "it was the opinion of the three of us that an autobiography was distinct from a memoir. An autobiography is the writing of a life by the person who lived that life. It does not necessarily have to be cradle-to-grave, but it is written to show how influences of place and time, childhood, adolescence, parenthood, affect the coming-to-age, and the activities, character, personality, and achievements of the adult. It is, in other words, a biography written by the person who is the subject of that biography.
"It was our understanding that a memoir is a piece of a life, a moment of a life, a part of a life, and it is not documented. There is no corroborating material, there are no additional interviews, there are no newspaper articles, and there is no context provided. A memoir is a work�as the title makes clear�of memory. Autobiography and biographies are not works of memory." See the article for fuller commentary on how memoirs ended up getting awards in the Biography/​Autobiography category.
� The Coyiuto Prize, a new prize honoring a book (biography or autobiography) by a Filipino writer working in English, about a Filipino person or family. Cash prize of PHP100,000 ($2,223).
� William H. Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography ($2,000, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York)
� Ann M. Sperber Biography Award (for exceptional achievement in writing and research in a biography about a person in the field of journalism or media studies). Submit seven copies.
� Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography (cash award, $1000)
Biographies are also eligible for an American History Book Prize, a Bancroft Prize, a Hillman Prize, a National Book Award, or a Pulitzer Prize, among others. Biography dominates Samuel Johson prize longlist (Alison Flood, Guardian. "A wide range of life stories loom large among the 18 finalists for the �20,000 prize." And a memoir won: Hawk book wins �20,000 Samuel Johnson prize.
And, as BIO's website points out, do not ignore state historical societies, which often issue awards for biographies. So do some university presses.
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Black Caucus Literature Awards (Black Caucus of the American Library Association awards for fiction, first novel, nonfiction by African American author and Outstanding Contribution to Publishing for unique book positively depicting African Americans)

Blog awards (Wikipedia entry)
� Weblog awards for 2013 (Bloggies)
� The Webby Awards, an international award honoring excellence on the Internet -- for over 100+ Website, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile & App categories -- presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Two honors are presented in every category: The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award. This is different from the previous listing.
� Online Media Awards (somewhat British-oriented) include online editor of the year; digital writer of the year; best commentary/​blogging; best video journalism.
� The Duck of the Draw (Simon Waldman, Guardian, on the Guardian's Best British Blog award 2002). See also Weblog competition a 'bloody stupid idea'? (Simon Waldman vs. Tom Coates)

Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry (a privately funded $10,000 poetry award given under the auspices of the Library of Congress--the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry)

Bollingen Prize for Poetry at Yale ($100,000), a prestigious literary honor bestowed every two years on an American poet, in recognition of the best book of new verse within the last two years, or for lifetime achievement.

Book Awards for Self-Published Authors (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer)

(Man) Booker Prize(s) (distinguished award for contemporary fiction, worth �50,000, to writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland). See readers' guides for Man Booker titles and rules and conditions for entering submissions and story about changes in criteria (Bookseller, 9-18-13), making first-time American novelists eligible and allowing more entries by publishers with previously long-listed titles. "Authors who have previously been shortlisted will still be allowed to automatically enter new titles, and there will still be a call in option for judges to request books that were not originally submitted." For insights into the award process, see The 12 Biggest Booker Prize Controversies (Thomas Flynn, The Daily Beast, 7-23-13). See also 'Crazy but fantastic': Man Booker prize pitches tiny publishers into big league (Alison Flood, The Guardian, 7-29-16) A year after Marlon James and his indie press Oneworld beat publishing giants to win the Man Booker, three independent publishers have made the 2016 longlist. But what effect does the �mother of all prizes� have on tiny teams?
See also: The Guardian's Not the Booker prize. Sam Jordison leads a hunt by readers of the Guardian books blog to find the year's best book, which may � or may not � tally with the assessment of the Man Booker prize judges. See The magnificent 70: Guardian Not the Booker prize longlist announced (2015). And from a working-class perspective, be sure to read Class, Race, and the Case for Genre Fiction in the Canon: Adrian McKinty on Reading the Real Giants of Literature (Adrian McKinty, Literary Hub, 9-27-17)

Man Booker International Prize (worth �60,000, awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language). There were also some one-off Special Prizes.

The BookLife Prize in Fiction ($5,000 to outstanding finalist, plus a profile in Publishers Weekly). This annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly seeks to support independent authors and discover great works of unpublished or self-published fiction in six categories: Romance/​Erotica; Mystery/​Thriller; Science Fiction/​Fantasy/​Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction.

Books for a Better Life Award (National MS Society, NYC-Southern NY chapter) Awarding self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter�s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives. Awards in several categories: Childcare/​Parenting, Cookbook, First Book, Green, Inspirational Memoir, Motivational, Psychology, Relationships, Spiritual, and Wellness)


Booktrust administers many writing awards and contests previously administered by other organizations, and some new ones. Here's Booktrust's story.

The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.

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Borders Original Voices Award Winners (Goodreads listing through 2009--awards appear to have been discontinued after that. Was $5,000 award in each of four categories)

Boston Authors Club. Annual prizes of $1,000 each for two books (one for young readers) written by a Boston-area author. Poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction).

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction (American Library Association), $5,000 prize for winning book published in year prior to the award.

Bram Stoker Awards (Horror Writers Association)



Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, a $5000 biennial award for light verse written in English regardless of the writer's country of origin (one of many awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters).


British Fantasy Awards (British Fantasy Society)

British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation ($50,000 to the winner, and $5,000 each to the finalists)

Brit Writers Awards Jane Smith of How Publishing Really Works originally wrote about suspect aspects of these awards--a marketing gimmick for a self-publishing arm? Here Writer Beware writes about the awards being "dogged by allegations of loose judging standards and poor communication," etc.


Brown Foundation. The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants ($1,000) awards yearly grants for full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas that present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and that are based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art.

John Burroughs Association Literary Awards
� John Burroughs Medal (for distinguished books of natural history)
� John Burroughs Nature Essay Award (for outstanding natural history writing in a published essay)
� Riverby Awards (for exceptional natural history books for young readers)

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (Where �WWW� means �Wretched Writers Welcome") For most wretched first sentence of a novel.


Cabot Prizes. The Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international prizes in journalism, are awarded each fall to journalists in the Western hemisphere who, through their sustained and distinguished body of work, have contributed to Inter-American understanding. Occasionally the award is given to an organization that has made a similar contribution.

CaF� for Artists (CallForEntry.org) is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry for juried art shows. Sophisticated yet easy-to-use, CaF� allows call administrators to streamline every step of the online application and review process. CaF� was designed for artists and arts administrators by artists and arts administrators to be intuitive, user friendly, and affordable and can be tailored to nearly any call-for-entry process thanks to a robust and flexible management system. Launched in 2005, CaF� was designed with public art projects, artist fellowships, juried visual art competitions and exhibitions in mind but can accommodate nearly any type of call, including art commissions, public art RFQs, invitationals, residencies, fellowships, mini grants, awards, and more!
I include this entry (which is not geared to awards for writers, editors, and journalists) because a writer friend who has submitted photos for juried competitions explained that it lists all the competitions, dates, etc. that organizations, museums, etc., submit to it. The submitters pay to be listed. They read the listings to find shows they want to try for. Some will accept all media; some just photography, etc. If it appeals to me to be juried into a show, I upload my photos and pay the amount per photo required. (Can be something like 5 photos for $45 or thereabouts.) Then Cafe submits them to the source of the competition for jurying.
� Five Tips for Getting into Juried Art Shows (Karen Leland, Artists Network, 2-13-09)
� What is the difference between curated and juried? (Harriete Estel Berman, Ask Harriet, 10-27-11)

The Caine Prize for African Writing (�10,000 and prestige). There's controversy about whether there is such a thing as African writing, which Ellah Allfrey discussed in this Guardian story in 2010: The winning qualities of the Caine Prize.


CASE Awards (Council for Advancement and Support of Education, many of them for writing and publishing)

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism honor distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children, youth and families. Read these First Person narratives by honorees about how they covered their winning stories, with tips (Reporting Best Practices) for fellow reporters. Journalism Center on Children and Families

Center for Plain Language ClearMark and WonderMark awards recognize the best and worst use of plain language each year in both the private and public sectors. The ClearMark awards celebrate documents and web sites that succeed in communicating clearly. The WonderMark awards "are your chance to tell the world what�s not plain. Forms, signage, websites. Disclaimers, instructions, legal documents."


Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize ($10,000 to winner, $1,000 to shortlisted authors).
Other Center for Fiction awards:
� The Christopher Doheny Award ($10,000. Recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.)
� Maxwell E. Perkins Award to honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States.
� Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism devoted to the support and encouragement of emerging critics.

The Chautauqua Prize, a national prize that celebrates a book of fiction or literary/​narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts--winner receives $7,500 and a week-long residency at the famed Chautauqua Institution in New York)

Children's and teens' book awards

These tend to list the award books, or link to the awards site, but not to detail where to submit books for consideration.
� Children's & Young Adult Literature: Book Lists & Book Awards (Clemson Libraries) Awards: Batchelder Award, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Geisel Award, Newbery Medal, Odyssey Award, Printz Award, Pura Belpr� Award, Sibert Informational Book Medal, Wilder Award, and many more)
Children's Africana Book Awards (CABA) (Africa Access), presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children's and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S.
� Children's Book Awards - from other organizations (Association for Library Science to Children, ALSC)
� Awards and Best-of-the-Year Lists (Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, UIniversity of Wisconsin-Madison)
� Children's Book Awards (The Children's Literature Web Guide) Excellent resource in terms of various awards (international, Canadian, U.S., British, Australian, New Zealand, Children's Choice, and Best Book of the Year). Actual award listings go only through 1998, but do list the award competitions. See, for example, U.S. Children's Book Awards.
� Awards for Children's Literature (University of Illinois at Urbana). Lists all awards for Caldecott Medal Books, Hans Christian Andersen Award, Newbery Medal Books, and Schneider Family Book Award.
� Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature (compiled by Lisa R. Bartle). See especially Calendar of awards and Explanation of awards.
� Children's Book Awards (English-language awards worldwide, on the Children's Literature Web Guide, through 1996)
� Reading Rockets (award-winning and notable kids' books)
� The Best Children's Books of the Year (The Children's Book Committee, Bank Street College of Education). See list of winners from 1943 on.
� Children�s & Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists & Winners (Children's Book Council) Winners are selected by kids and teens of all ages.
� Children�s Choice Book Awards Book Lists for 2016 (Children's Book Council)
� Children's Choices Reading Lists (International Literacy Association)
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Christopher Awards (established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that �affirm the highest values of the human spirit" -- that "encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others." Answers to FAQs.


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The Christy Awards (honoring excellence in Christian fiction)

Cicero Speechwriting Awards (Vital Speeches of the Day, for speeches submitted in English)

ClearMark and WonderMark awards (Center for Plain Language, recognizing the best and worst in plain language each year in government, nonprofit, and private companies)

Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting (Council for the Advancement of Science, $3,000 and a framed certificate)

Colorado Prize for Poetry

ComicCon awards (awarded at the ComicCon International, a major multigenre entertainment and comic convention
� Will Eisner Awards, for creative achievement in American comic books (equivalent, say, to the Oscars for American comic books)
� Icon Award, presented to individuals or organizations who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/​or the popular arts to a wider audience.
� Inkpot Award given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/​fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services
� Clampett Award to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others.
� Finger Award for excellence in comic book writing
� Russ Manning Award for promising newcomer.

Commonwealth Short Fiction Prize (unearths, develops and promotes the best new fiction from across the British Commonwealth--writers from Nigeria, Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK,m and other parts of the Commonwealth). Regional winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize receive �2,500 and the overall winner receives �10,000. Regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize receive �1,000 and the overall winner receives �5,000. In 2014 the organization will stop offering a book prize and concentrate on the short story--see eligibility and entry rules.

Communication Arts competitions (for advertising, design, illustration, interactive media photography)

Content Marketing Awards (a combination of the Magnum Opus Awards and the Orange Awards -- for people who create content for organizations)

Cookbook awards

� IACP Cookbook Awards. The International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards celebrate the year's most outstanding food and beverage publications
� James Beard Foundation Book Awards. It appears individuals don't submit for this, but awards are presented for cookbooks in American Cooking, General Cooking, Baking and Dessert, Beverage, Cooking from a Professional Point of View, International, Writing and Literature, Photography, Reference and Scholarship, Single Subject. There are also awards in media and among professional chefs. You can download a list of recent winners on the website. Here are past winners as posted on Powell's Books.

Costa Book Awards (were Whitbread Literary Awards, starting in 1971, then Whitbread Book Awards, from 1985 on until 2006 when Costa took over). Prestigious and popular literary prizes with sizable cash awards for U.K. and Ireland-based authors in these categories: Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives �5,000 ($8,100), and then one of the five winning books is selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year, receiving a further �30,000--for a total prize fund of �55,000.

Council on Foreign Relations presents an Arthur Ross Book Award recognizes books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations.


Creative Writing Contests (which may mean short stories, essays, memoirs, poems, novels, plays, etc.). Many, many contests, large and small, can be found on these lists:
� Poets & Writers' excellent list
� Free Writing Contests (Poets & Writers annual issue about Writing Contestsoffers a complete guide to nearly 100 literary competitions that charge no entry fees.)
� Manuscript Editing's list
� Freelance Writing's list
� Pearl Luke's list
� Oliver Abrahim Kahn's site
� Writer's Digest competitions

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Crime Fiction Awards (Omnimystery.com's master list of all the awards for outstanding writing in the field of mystery, suspense, thriller and crime fiction)

Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Daggers (for "quality crime writing")

Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women ($1000 given by the General Federation of Women�s Clubs to journalists who best capture the courage, vision, and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly)

Cundill Prize in Historical Literature (McGill University of Montreal) Open to writers from any country and goes to a book that has a profound literary, social, and academic impact in the area of history. The author will have published a book in English (or a book that has been translated to English) in the area of history. One Grand Prize of US$75,000 and two �Recognition of Excellence� Prizes of US$10,000 each.

Cybils. The Cybils, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are for kid friendly, blogger approved books. Categories: book apps, easy reading, fantasy & science fiction (middle grade and young adult), graphic novels, middle grade fiction and nonfiction, young adult nonfiction, nonfiction picture books, poetry, and young adult fiction.

Dagger Awards (Crime Writers Association, UK)

Danahy Fiction Prize (Tampa Review, $1000, annual award)


David Cohen Prize for Literature, worth �40,000, established in 1992, has been awarded to novelists, dramatists, biographers, poets and essayists. The winner of the prize also chooses the recipient of the Clarissa Luard Award, worth �12,500 and also . funded by Arts Council England, which is given to a literature organization that supports young writers and readers or an individual writer under the age of 35.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize. Download nomination form and guidelines (which give fuller guidance on what winning books should try to do).

Dilys Award (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, connecting criminally inclined readers with arresting mysteries), for mystery titles of the year that member booksellers most enjoyed selling, named for Dilys Winn, first mystery bookseller)


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Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

Dartmouth Medal (Reference & User Services Association, RUSA, American Library Association) honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance

Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006 and an outgrowth of the Dayton Peace Prize, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize. One award is the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Deadline Club Awards (prestigiou journalism awards). Get a sense of the categories in this list of the 2014 Annual Awards Finalists.

The Dish Awards. One DOESN'T want to win these: The Malkin Award is for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric. The Moore Award is for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric. The Hewitt Award is for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics. The Dick Morris Award is for stunningly wrong political, social and cultural predictions. The Poseur Alert is for passages of prose that stand out for pretension, vanity and really bad writing designed to look like profundity. The Hathos Alert is for moments when you want to look away but cannot. (Hathos is the attraction to something you really can�t stand; it�s the compulsion of revulsion.) Those are shortened versions of descriptions on the Dish website.

Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes. These new literary awards "will be given annually starting in late 2012 or early 2013, with seven to nine grants of $150,000 each awarded to playwrights and writers of fiction and nonfiction. Awards for poetry may be added later at the discretion of the awards committee." Source: Yale Announcing $150,000 Literary Prizes (Charles McGrath, NY Times 6-17-11).

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, $50,000 to the bet full-length work of fiction (at least $25,000 words) by an author of any ethnicity from any country, which predominantly features themes based on South Asian culture, politics, history, or people. (South Asia is defined as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Burma and Afghanistan.)

Duff Cooper Prize (aka the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize) to a work of nonfiction (history, biography, politics or poetry) published in English within the current year by a UK publisher. Award winner gets �5,000 ($8,330).

DuPont-Columbia Award (recognizing excellence in broadcast journalism -- one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast, documentary and digital news.

The Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers. The �60,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author under 30. It is open to works of fiction, drama, and poetry in English--all genres in which Thomas worked.

Dzanc Books prizes and contests
� Dzanc Books/​Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize ( $5,000 advance and publication, for winning book-length manuscripts in fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe
� Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction (a $10,000 advance and publication for a book manuscript that exhibits daring, original, and innovative writing)
� Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize (a $2,500 advance and publication for the winning short-form imaginative and inventive writing)


Eclipse Awards

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