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This week, we’re spotlighting four prizes from the AWP. The deadline for each is Feb 28.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) sponsors annual competitions for book-length works: the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, both of which award the winners $5,500 and publication, as well as AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction and AWP Prize for the Novel, the winners of which receive $2,500 and publication.

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This week’s batch includes a mixed bag of prizes including a residency, a translation prize, and an award that caters to writers with families. Deadlines range from Feb 1-Feb 27.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers emerging writers four months of writing time at Bucknell University, without formal academic obligations, so that they may complete their first or second book. Bucknell now offers two residencies each year, one in each semester. The fall residency extends from late August to mid-December; the spring residency from mid-February to late May. Each residency provides on-campus housing, an office in the Stadler Center, and a stipend of $5,000. This year the residencies will be awarded to prose. Deadline: February 1, 2015. For more information, visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests include a residency for poets, a fellowship program, and an award for Civil War fiction writers. Deadlines range from Dec 31-Jan 15.

The Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award is now accepting applications for a six- to eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse. The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium. To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission. Applicants should submit five poems from their most recent book, a resume, a personal statement, and contact information for two references. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: December 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a summer residency as well as a prize for a debut work of fiction. Deadlines range from Dec 31-Jan 2.

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: January 2, 2015. For more information, please visit the website.

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Highlights from this week’s batch of prizes include translation fellowships as well as a prize for mid-career poets. Deadlines range from Dec 10-Dec 31.

The Friends of American Writers Adult Literature Award is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published in 2014 by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin) 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 2014 and an author biography. Deadline: December 10, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes Columbia’s three Lukas Prizes. Deadlines for all contests range from Dec 1-10.

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, 2014 and December 31, 2014. 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Entry fee: $75. Deadline (for all three prizes): December 10, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of prizes is mostly for poets and fiction writers. The deadline for each contest is November 30.

The BOA Editions’ A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book. Poets must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents or citizens of the U.S. Manuscripts must be unpublished and 48-100 pages. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks of 32 pages or less, or self-published books of 46 pages or less, but must be submitted in manuscript form. The winner will receive $1,500 and book publication by BOA Editions. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Cider Press Review Book Award offers $1,500 and publication to a full-length book of poetry. The winner also receives 25 author’s copies. Submissions should be between 48-80 pages in length, written in English, and previously unpublished in book form (individual poems may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, etc.) Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of prizes includes the multi-genre New England Book Festival prizes, a contest for those living west of the central time zone, and others. Deadlines range from Nov 18-30.

The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition offers two prizes for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. The winners receive $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press. Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: November 18, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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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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