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This week’s batch of contests includes a Columbia University prize for history and diplomacy writers as well as two short fiction prizes. Deadlines range from Nov 1-17.

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 2015 prizes are for books published in 2014. 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, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a residency, as well as prizes for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Deadlines range from Nov 1-Nov 16.

The Table 4 Writers Foundation, dedicated to honoring the memory of Elaine Kaufman, is currently offering grants of $2,500. Submissions must be previously unpublished prose (fiction or nonfiction) that deals with some aspect of New York City in a meaningful way. Entries can be short stories, essays, or book excerpts, and should be limited to 4-10 pages or 1,000 to 2,500 words. Collaborative pieces are not allowed. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch offers a range of contests covering poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The deadline for each is Nov 1.

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award). Submissions from emerging as well as established poets are welcome; however, entrants must reside in the U.S. The winner will receive $2,000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. Manuscripts must be 48-80 pages in length. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection, as a whole, must be unpublished. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: November 1, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests is brimming with poetry prizes. The deadline for each is Oct 31.

The James Hearst Poetry Prize is currently open for submissions. Entries may include up to five previously unpublished poems. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of the North American Review. Entry fee: $20 (includes a one year subscription to the North American Review). Deadline: October 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Poetry Society of the United Kingdom is currently seeking submissions for the National Poetry Competition. The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. The winner will receive £5000, publication in The Poetry Review, and will be invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2014. Poems should not exceed 40 lines and should be written in English. Entry fee: £6 for the first entry and £3.50 for each subsequent entry. Deadline: October 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests is a mixed bag of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Deadlines range from October 15-31.

The American Poetry Review is currently accepting submissions for the Honickman First Book Prize, open to U.S. citizens who have not published a book-length collection of poems. Poems previously published in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work. Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages. The winner will receive $3,000, publication, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: October 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a prize for experimental fiction as well as a fellowship for writers in the middle of their careers. Deadlines range from Oct 1-15.

The Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship is an annual scholarship of approximately $54,000 established to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work. Applicants should submit a representative sample of their poetry. The sample must not exceed either one printed volume plus no more than 20 typed pages of your most recent work, or if you do not have a printed volume you may send up to 40 typed pages of your poetry. Deadline: October 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a $10,000 prize for emerging African American writers as well as a mixed bag of smaller prizes for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The deadline for all contests below is October 1.

The American Literary Review Awards is currently accepting submissions in the categories of Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. Short fiction entries should not exceed 8,000 words and creative nonfiction should not exceed 6,500 words. For poetry, the entry fee covers up to three poems. Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the upcoming Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Boston Review is currently accepting submissions for its Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Any author writing in English will be eligible. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication in the Boston Review. Entry fee: $20 (includes a half year subscription to the journal). Deadline: October 1, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes poetry and fiction. The deadline for each contest is Sept 30.

The Hackney Literary Awards are currently seeking submissions for best unpublished novel. Length is open but the novel must be unpublished. The winner will receive $5,000. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: September 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-80 pages, with no more than one poem per page. The winner will receive $2,000, book publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 copies of the book. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: September 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a mixed bag of poetry and fiction prizes. The deadline for each is September 15.

The University of Wisconsin Press is now seeking submissions for two poetry awards: the Brittingham Prize and the Felix Pollak Prize. Prizes are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original poetry submitted. Each submission will be considered for both prizes. Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Entry fee: $25 per manuscript, but covers entry for both prizes. Deadline: September 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Literal Latté Essay Award is now open for submissions. Essays must be unpublished and should not exceed 8,000 words. The winner receives $1,000; second place receives $300; third place receives $200. Entry fee: $10 per essay or $15 for two essays. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: September 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes three residencies, including the well known MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists’ colony in the U.S. Deadlines range from Sept 4-15.

The Hambidge Residency is currently accepting applications for the mid-February through April residency period. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the residency allows artists to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Residencies last from two weeks to two months depending on availability and the residency fee is $200 per week. All new applicants will be considered for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and waives the $400 residency fee for two week residencies. Other scholarships are also available. Applicants should submit a 300 word bio, a resume, and a writing sample of up to 30 pages of prose or 5-8 poems. Application fee: $30.Deadline: September 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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