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This week’s batch of prizes are for the fiction and nonfiction writers out there. Deadlines range from Nov 1-Nov 16.

The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories: American History (including biography) and Diplomacy. The 2014 prizes are for books published in 2013. The term “American” includes all the Americas, North, Central, and South; however, the award is confined to works originally written in English or of which there is a published translation in English. Previous winners have received a $10,000 stipend. Deadline: November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Columbia School of Journalism is offering their annual Lukas Prizes. The J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award is given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. The winner will receive $30,000. Applicants must already have a contract with a publisher to write a nonfiction book and should send a copy of their original book proposal, a sample chapter from the book, photocopy of the publishing contract, and an explanation of how the award will advance the progress of the book. There is no entry fee for this award. The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize is given annually to a book-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, commitment to serious research, and social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award’s namesake. The winner will receive $10,000. Books must have been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Entry fee: $75. The Mark Lynton History Prize is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. The winner will receive $10,000. Books must have been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Entry fee: $75. Deadline (for all three prizes): November 16, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Tennessee Williams Annual Fiction Contest is currently open for submissions. This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction are still eligible. Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted. The winner will receive $1,500, airfare, accommodations, a VIP All-Access New Orleans Festival pass for the Festival (March 19-23, 2014), publication in Louisiana Literature, and will give a public reading at the Festival. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 15, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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