Awards for Publishers


The following is a list of awards for magazines and presses, organized by the month during which the submission deadlines typically occur. Please visit the sponsoring organization’s website for updated information. To submit awards to be added to this list, contact us at [email protected].

January

The $120,000 Literary Magazine Fund, administered by CLMP and funded by the Amazon Literary Partnership program, provides 15 to 20 grants to literary magazines. There is no submission fee.

The $500 Midland Authors Awards, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, recognize book writing excellence by Midwestern authors in several categories. Entry fee: $25.

February

The $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award is given annually by the Academy of American Poets for a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year.  There is no submission fee.

The $10,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize is given every other year by the Academy of American Poets for the translation into English of a significant work of modern Italian poetry. Publishers may submit books published in any year, but only books published in the United States by living translators are eligible. There is no submission fee.

April

The $5,000 Italian Prose in Translation Award is given annually by the American Literary Translators for an exceptional work of translated Italian fiction or literary nonfiction published in the previous year. There is no submission fee.

The $2,500 National Translation Awards in Prose and Poetry are given annually by the American Literary Translators Association for exceptional books of translated prose and poetry published in the previous year. Submission fee: $30-50.

The $5,000 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is given annually by the American Literary Translators Association for an outstanding book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism, translated from Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese into English and published in the previous year. There is no submission fee.

May

The $5,000 James Laughlin Award, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, is given to honor a second full-length poetry collection that is under contract with a U.S. publisher and scheduled to be published between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. The prize includes an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. There is no submission fee.

The $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes a ten-day residency at Glen Hollow  in Naples, New York. Submission fee: $75.

The $10,000 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is given annually for a novel set in the South and published in the previous year. There is no submission fee.

The National Book Awards are given annually to works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature, and translated literature. All submitted books must be published by U.S. publishers located in the United States during the previous year. Entry fee: $135.

The PubWest Book Design Awards are given annually to books published or produced in North America in the past year, judged in several categories for overall design and production quality. Submission fee: $75-100.

June

The Housatonic Book Awards are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Three winners receive $1,000 each in addition to $500 in travel expenses to give a reading and teach a master class at Western Connecticut State University’s low-residency MFA program. There is a $25 submission fee.

The Northern California “Golden Poppy” Book Awards recognize the most distinguished books written by writers and artist who make Northern California their home. They are given for books published in the preceding year in the following categories:  fiction, nonfiction, cooking & food, mystery, poetry, young adult,  middle grade, children’s picture book, mirrors & windows, and  regional interest. Residency exceptions can be made for titles nominated in the regional and mirrors & windows categories. Nominated books must be sent directly to the members of the relevant committee.

The $15,000 Pulitzer Prizes are given for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography, and history published in the previous year. The submission fee is $75. (The deadline for books published between January and June is in June.)

July

The $1,000 Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of America’s mid-continental prairies.” There is no submission fee.

The $20,000 Story Prize is given annually for a short story collection for books published in the previous year. Publishers, authors, or agents may submit two copies of a book published between January through June. There is a $75 submission fee.

August

PEN America awards close to $350,000 to writers and translators through its Literary Awards series.

The $2,000 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize is given annually for the best poetry collection published between July and June by a resident of Upstate New York. There is no submission fee.

September

The $1,500 Foreword Indies Books Awards are given in a range of categories for books published by independent publishers in the previous year. Winners are promoted to booksellers and librarians, among other industry professionals. Submission fee: $89.

The $10,000 New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award is given annually to an American writer age 35 or younger for either a novel or collection of short stories.

The €10,000 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize is given for a debut poetry collection written in the English language and published in the previous year. There is no submission fee.

October

The $15,000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is given for a novel, novella, or short story collection published in the previous year. Four finalists receive $5,000 each. There is no submission fee.

The Oregon Books Awards are given for books poetry, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, young adult, and drama by Oregon residents whose legal residence is in Oregon at least six months of the year.

November

The $50,000 Gotham Book Prize honors a work of nonfiction or fiction set in or about New York City.

The Lammy’s, given by Lambda Literary, honor the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in the previous calendar year. Three copies of each book must be submitted with a $55 submission fee.

The $20,000 Story Prize is given annually for a short story collection for books published in the previous year. Publishers, authors, or agents may submit two copies of a book published between July through December.

The $10,000 University of North Texas Rilke Prize is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least two previous collections. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of a book published between November and October.

The Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes are given annually to three print and two digital literary magazines. Applicants must be based in the US; be a federally-recognized nonprofit classified as a public charity (or fiscally sponsored by one); have an annual budget of no more than $500,000; and have published at least annually in the past three years to be considered eligible. Initial applications are due in late November.

December

The American Books Awards are given annually for books published in the previous year that make an outstanding contribution to American literature. There is no submission fee.

The $10,000 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize outstanding books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction published in the previous year that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. There is no submission fee.

The $500 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards are given in the categories of first novelist, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for books by African American authors published in the previous year. The awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. There is no submission fee.

The $5,000 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award, sponsored by The American Library Association, is given annually for a novel set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published in the previous year.

The $5,000 Cabell First Novelist Award, given by Virginia Commonwealth University, honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year. There is no submission fee.

The California Book Awards are given annually to books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published in the previous year about California or by a California author. There is no submission fee.

The $4,000 Friends of American Writers Awards are given annually to books of fiction or creative nonfiction published in the previous year set in the Midwest or by a Midwestern author. There is no submission fee.

The $20,000 Four Quartets Prize is given annually by the Poetry Society of America for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book. There is no submission fee.

The C$65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize is given annually in two categories—international and Canadian—for the best collection of poetry in English published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. For books published between July and December, the deadline is in December; the 2020 deadline for all books is December 31.

The $20,000 Literary Magazine Prizes are given annually by the Whiting Foundation to three print publications and two online publications. This year, to reduce the amount of time applicants spend writing grants, the foundation has introduced a more streamlined, two-step process, beginning with an initial short-form application. A limited number of applicants will then be invited to submit an expanded proposal. There is no submission fee.

The Pushcart Prizes accepts up to six nominations each from print or online magazines and small presses of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs, or stand-alone excerpts from novels for its annual prize anthology. There is no submission fee.