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Deadline Extended for Ten-thousand-dollar Lesbian Writers Fund Grants

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Posted 7.10.09 by Prize Reporter

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has pushed its deadline for grants to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers to July 15.

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Six Decades of National Book Award Fiction Winners Celebrated on Blog

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Posted 7.8.09 by Prize Reporter

In celebration of its sixtieth year honoring authors with the National Book Award, the National Book Foundation (NBF) has created a blog that, over the course of the next few months, will revisit all of the winning books of fiction from 1950 to 2008.

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New Poetry Series Is Looking for Three Exceptional Collections

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Posted 7.1.09 by Prize Reporter

One month remains before the close of the first poetry book contest from Mississippi Review, the literary magazine of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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NPR Launches Three-minute Fiction Contest

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Posted 6.30.09 by Prize Reporter

Last week, National Public Radio commenced a monthlong microfiction contest, seeking out prose that, in the words of judge James Wood, "strikes at the very heart of the short story as a project, which is to get something going rapidly."

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Great Lakes, Great Colleges, Great Writing Contest

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Posted 6.26.09 by Prize Reporter

Not too long ago the Great Lake Colleges Association announced the winners of its New Writers Awards, given annually to a poet, fiction writer, and creative nonficiton writer to honor their first books.

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A String of Pearls: Who's Next?

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Posted 6.25.09 by Prize Reporter

The deadline for this year's Pearl Poetry Prize is July 15. The annual award, which offers a thousand dollars and publication by Pearl Editions, an independent press in Long Beach, California, is given for a full-length poetry collection. Below are the winners of the last ten contests. Who will judge Debra Marquart, herself a previous winner, pick this year?

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference to Honor Julia Alvarez

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Posted 6.24.09 by Prize Reporter

Julia Alvarez was recently named winner of the fourteenth annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award. The prize, sponsored by the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, an annual day-long event held at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, honors the achievements of a "great American author.

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PSA Launches Second Annual Times Square Poetry Contest

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Posted 6.23.09 by Prize Reporter

Times Square may have been reduced to a pedestrian mall—or elevated to a walker's oasis, depending on your perspective—but it's a safe bet that it will always retain a certain poetic quality. The fine folks at the Poetry Society of America know this, and they've launched the second annual Bright Lights Big Verse contest to prove it.

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Six Caine Prize Finalists Await Winner Announcement

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Posted 6.22.09 by Prize Reporter

The shortlist for the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing was announced last month, and for the six finalists, the waiting is almost over. The winner of the annual prize, which is worth ten thousand pounds (approximately sixteen thousand dollars), will be announced at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, on July 6.

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First Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Goes to Indigo Moor

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Posted 6.19.09 by Prize Reporter

Late last year we told you about Cave Canem's announcement of the inaugural Cave Canem Northwestern Press Poetry Prize, a second book award for African American poets. Six months later, the nonprofit has announced the first winner of the prize: Indigo Moor for his book Through the Stonecutter's Window.

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