G&A: The Contest Blog

New Memoir Contest Open to Writers Over Fifty

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Posted 2.5.14 by Prize Reporter

The Huffington Post, the AARP, and Simon & Schuster have teamed up to launch a new memoir contest for writers over the age of fifty. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster.

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Gerald Stern Receives Frost Medal

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Posted 1.30.14 by Prize Reporter

The Poetry Society of America (PSA) has announced that poet Gerald Stern will receive the 2014 Frost Medal, the organization’s most prestigious award, given annually for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

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New Book Prize Aims to Right the Wrongs of Past Awards

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Posted 1.28.14 by Prize Reporter

In an effort to celebrate great books of long ago that were overlooked by major American literary prizes such as the National Book Awards and the Pulitzer Prizes, online literary magazine Bookslut has launched its own new award.

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Summer Literary Seminars Accepting Submissions

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Posted 1.22.14 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are currently open for the annual Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine, the prizes in each category include an all-expenses-paid trip to attend one of SLS’s writing programs in Kenya, Lithuania, or Montreal. The deadline is February 28.

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Applications Open for NEA Poetry Fellowships

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Posted 1.17.14 by Prize Reporter

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently accepting applications for its annual creative writing fellowships. The $25,000 grants, which are given in alternating years to poets and prose writers, will be given in 2015 to poets. The deadline to apply is March 12, 2014.

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Story Prize Finalists Announced

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Posted 1.13.14 by Prize Reporter

The finalists were announced today for the tenth-annual Story Prize, an award given for a short story collection published in the previous year. The winner will receive $20,000.

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Submissions Open for Disquiet Prize

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Posted 1.10.14 by Prize Reporter

Sponsored by Dzanc Books, the annual DISQUIET Literary Prize in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is currently open for submissions. A winner in each category will receive publication in a participating literary journal, and one grand-prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition—a prize worth approximately $5,000—to attend the fourth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, this summer.

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Newly Revived December Magazine Launches Literary Awards

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Posted 1.2.14 by Prize Reporter

First founded in Iowa City in 1958, December, the storied literary magazine resurrected last month after being shuttered for nearly three decades, is currently considering submissions for its first annual literary awards.

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Sonora Review Poetry Contest Open for Submissions

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Posted 12.19.13 by Prize Reporter

The Sonora Review is currently accepting submissions to its annual poetry contest, given for a poem or group of poems. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review. The deadline is February 14.

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PEN Extends Bellwether Novel Prize Deadline

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Posted 12.13.13 by Prize Reporter

PEN American Center has extended the deadline for the 2014 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, a biennial award of $25,000 given for an unpublished novel that “addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.” The new deadline is January 15.

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