This week’s batch of contests includes prizes for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Deadlines range from Dec 23-31.
The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Books must be written in English and published in the previous year (books published in 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prizes). Awards are given for both fiction and nonfiction. Works of poetry are eligible for the fiction prize. Plays, screenplays, unpublished manuscripts, and self-published books are not eligible. The winners will receive $10,000 and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Cleveland. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest is now accepting submissions. The contest is open to all subjects, themes, and writers. Entries can be from 2,000-20,000 words. The winner will receive $2,500 and 20 copies of that issue; second place will receive $1,000 and 10 copies of the issue if accepted for publication; third place will receive $600 or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies. Entry fee: $19. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College is currently accepting submissions for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Any novel about the Civil War published (for the first time) in the current calendar year to “encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction” is eligible. Self published books are not eligible. The winner will receive $5,000. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Robert H. Winner Memorial Award recognizes original work being done in mid-career by a poet who has not had substantial recognition, and is open to poets over forty who have published no more than one book. Applicants must submit a brief but cohesive manuscript of 10-15 pages. Translations and collaborative work are ineligible. The winner will receive $2,500. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 23, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.