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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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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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