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This week’s batch of contests includes two regional contests (for California and Midwest residents) as well as translation awards and the PEN Literary Awards. Deadlines range from Dec 9-16.

The Commonwealth Club is now accepting submissions for the 83rd annual California Book Awards for books published in 2013. Applicants must be residents of California in order to qualify. Self-published books, print-on-demand books, and e-books are not eligible. Deadline: December 16, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The Friends of American Writers Literary Award is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published in 2013 by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest or whose book features a Midwestern setting. Writers who have published up to three books are eligible. There is no application but authors should submit two copies of book(s) published in 2013 and an author biography. Deadline: December 10, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

The National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships are awarded annually to translators of poetry and prose who are working on specific translations of published works from any language into English. Grants are $12,500 or $25,000. Those who have received three or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or for translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts are not eligible. Applicants must submit their applications electronically. Deadline: December 9, 2013. For more information (including detailed eligibility requirements), please visit the website.

The PEN Literary Awards are currently open to submissions and nominations for the 2014 awards cycle. In total, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. Entry fee: $25-50, depending on the award. Deadline: December 16, 2013. For more information about each award, please visit the website.

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