This week’s batch of contests includes fiction and poetry. Deadlines range from Dec 31-Jan 14.
The Cabell First Novelist Award recognizes a rising new talent in the literary world who has successfully published a first novel. The winner receives $5,000 and a party and the winning novel is taught in courses across Virginia Commonwealth University and by gifted high school students at the Governor’s School in Petersburg, Virginia. Books published from July through December 2013 are eligible for this next deadline and must be the author’s first novel. Deadline: January 14, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Hemingway Foundation/PEN New England Award is given for a debut novel or short story collection published in the U.S. during the previous year. The winner will receive $10,000, a fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and a one-week residency at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Eligible titles must be the first published book-length work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) and must have been published by a U.S. publisher between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Candidates must be U.S. residents (but do not have to be citizens). Self-published books, electronic submissions, or e-books are not eligible for consideration. Entry fee: $40. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest awards three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. The story should not exceed 7,000 words. The winner will receive $1,000 plus possible publication. Second place will receive $500 and possible publication. Third place will receive $250 plus possible publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.
The New American Poetry Prize is given annually for a poetry collection. Manuscripts must be 48-100 pages. Poems may have been published previously, but cannot have been published altogether in a collection. The winner will receive $1,000, a publication contract, and 25 complimentary copies. Entry fee: $22.50. Deadline: December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.