G&A: The Contest Blog

Omnidawn Contest Promises Poet Participation

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Posted 3.30.09 by Prize Reporter

The annual poetry contest sponsored by Omnidawn Publishing, the independent press founded in 2001 by Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, is now open for submissions; the deadline is June 30. Judge Ann Lauterbach will choose either a first or second full-length poetry collection for the two-thousand-dollar prize. The winning work will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2010.

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Three American Writers Up for Man Booker International Prize

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Posted 3.26.09 by Prize Reporter

Man Group, the investment company and hedge fund that sponsors the annual Man Booker Prize, last week announced the finalists of its other high-profile award: the Man Booker International Prize. The biannual award, founded in 2004, is given to a writer of any nationality whose work is available in English. It's worth around eighty-five thousand dollars.

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Four Way Books Covers the Bases With Levis Prize Guidelines

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Posted 3.25.09 by Prize Reporter

The deadline for the 2009 Levis Poetry Prize, sponsored by the independent press Four Way Books, is less than a week away. The annual award, which includes a thousand dollars and publication of a book-length collection, is open to any poet writing in English, regardless of publication history.

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Clickety-Clack: Deadline for Glimmer Train's Fiction Open Nears

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Posted 3.24.09 by Prize Reporter

The next deadline for Glimmer Train Press's quarterly Fiction Open is fast approaching: March 31. But a quick look at the Help page on the press's Web site will provide some breathing space for those procrastinating writers out there who have yet to get their submissions ready.

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Emily Perkins Wins Fifth Annual Believer Book Award

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Posted 3.23.09 by Prize Reporter

In the March/April 2009 issue of the Believer, Emily Perkins was named winner of the fifth annual Believer Book Award for her Novel About My Wife (Bloomsbury, 2008).

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Orion Announces Finalists for Book Award: It's True, No Fiction

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Posted 3.20.09 by Prize Reporter

Orion magazine today announced the finalists for the 2009 Orion Book Award, an annual prize launched in 2007 to recognize books of fiction and nonfiction published in the previous year "that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing."

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Creative Categories (and Finalists) for Indies Choice Book Awards Announced

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Posted 3.19.09 by Prize Reporter

If you think the typical contest categories are getting a little stale—it's a rare award that is given for anything other than "the best" in a specific genre or age group or level of career—you might want to consider the American Booksellers Association's inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards.

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Scibona Wins Young Lions Fiction Award

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Posted 3.18.09 by Prize Reporter

On Monday night, at a ceremony at the New York Public Library that was hosted by actor Ethan Hawke, Salvatore Scibona won the Young Lions Fiction Award for his debut novel The End (Graywolf, 2008).

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NBCC Awards Announced

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Posted 3.13.09 by Prize Reporter

The critics have spoken and, not surprisingly, Roberto Bolaño’s nearly nine-hundred-page novel 2666, published last year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, took top honors in the fiction category of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, which were announced last night at a ceremony in New York City.

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Behind the Prize

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Posted 3.12.09 by Prize Reporter

Perugia Press announced last week that Jennifer K. Sweeney of Kalamazoo, Michigan, won the Perugia Press Prize for her second poetry collection, How to Live on Bread and Music. She received $1,000, and her book will be published in a print-run of one thousand copies in September. The award is given for a first or second collection by a woman poet.

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