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This week’s batch of contests includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The deadline for each of them is April 30.

The University of Pittsburgh Press is currently accepting submissions for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously, with full-length being defined as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 750 or more copies. The winner will receive $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

Late Night Library is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction and poetry. Only debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible. Debut novels, short story collections, and novellas are eligible in the category of fiction. Debut poetry collections and chapbooks are eligible in the category of poetry. The winner in each category will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a fellowship for parents, the Crab Orchard Review’s genre prizes, and a poetry contest. Deadlines range from April 15-21.

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents is currently open for submission. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but can be at any stage in their writing career. All genres and styles of fiction are welcome, but no plays or poetry. Novel excerpts are acceptable if they can stand alone as a story. Entries should not exceed 1,498 words. The winner will receive $1,000 as well as a full year of promotion. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: April 16, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Crab Orchard Review offers three literary prizes: the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident. Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length. Prose entries may be up to 6,000 words for fiction and up to 6,500 words for literary nonfiction. Each winner will receive $2,000 and publication. Finalists will receive $500 and publication. Entry fee: $25 per entry (includes a subscription); $10 per additional entry. Deadline: April 21, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize Contest is currently accepting submissions. Entries must be unpublished and can include up to three poems, maximum ten pages in length. The winner will receive poem $1,000 and publication in SRPR. Two runners-up will receive $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a metrical poetry prize, an award for women writers, a residency at Carson McCullers’ childhood home, and a humor poetry contest. Deadlines range from March 31-April 1.

Carolina Wren Press is currently seeking submissions for one unpublished full-length novel, short story collection, or memoir written by a woman to receive the 2014 Doris Bakwin Award. Portions of the manuscript, (i.e., stories or chapters) may have been previously published, but the work as a whole should be unpublished. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry is currently accepting submissions. Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual. The winner will receive $1,000, publication in Evansville Review, an invitation to read as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: April 1, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a prize for our Minnesota residents, an award for women writers over 40, and more. Deadlines range from March 28-April 1.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is an annual literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. The winners each receive $10,000. Submissions should focus on a central message of peace, broadly defined as increasing understanding between and among people. Entry fee: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Glimmer Train Family Matters Prize is now open for submissions. Stories can be about families of all configurations. Entries must be fiction (though they can draw on real life experiences) and should not exceed 12,000 words. The winner will receive $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. Second place will receive $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Third place will receive $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Entry fee: $15 per entry; no more than 3 entries per person. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of prizes is a mixed bag of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awards. Deadline for each is March 15.

The Bellingham Literary Review Prizes award works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Poetry Award is given to a poem or group of poems of any style or length. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given to a short story. And the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given to an essay. Poetry entries may be up to 3 poems per entry. Short story and essay entries may be up to 6,000 words. The winners will receive $1,000 and publication in the Bellingham Review. Entry fee: $20; additional entries $10 each. Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Colorado Review is currently accepting submissions for the Nelligan Prize for best short story. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication in the Fall 2014 issue of the Colorado Review. All stories will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $15 ($17 online). Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes an Asian American poetry prize, a LAMBDA award, and a residency in Oregon. Deadlines range from March 1-15.

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is awarded to an exceptional book of poetry by an Asian American poet. The winner will receive $1,000 and book publication by Alice James Books. Manuscripts must be 50-70 pages in length. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The LAMBDA Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize recognizes LGBT authors who have written and published at least three novels, or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, and essays. Age is not a factor in defining mid-career. The winners receive $5,000 each. Deadline: March 7, 2014. For more information, including how to nominate a candidate, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes prizes for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as an award for writers with children under the age of 18. Deadlines range from Feb 15-28.

The Arcadia Short Story Contest is currently seeking exceptionally well-crafted short stories. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. There are no criteria for style or substance. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Only book-length manuscripts are eligible. The Award Series defines “book-length” as: 48 pages minimum text for poetry collections; 150-300 manuscript pages for short story or creative nonfiction collections; and at least 60,000 words for novel manuscripts. Entry fee: $20 for AWP members, $30 for nonmembers. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award is intended for individual writers with families (at least one child under the age of 18). Applicants from the San Francisco bay area will be given preference, but writers from anywhere can apply. Writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry are encouraged to apply. The winners will receive $6,000. Applicants should submit their portfolio as well as a biography, an artist statement, their CV, and a description of how they will use the award. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes prizes for our Kentucky residents, our Midwest residents, women, and translators. Deadlines range from Jan 31-Feb 15.

The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are given to Kentucky artists, including writers, who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. Applications in the literary arts categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry will be accepted this year. Fellows will receive $7,500. Awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist’s career. Applications will be reviewed using the following performance expectations: artistic excellence and professional achievements. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Susan B Anthony Institute for Gender and Women Studies at the University of Rochester is offering its annual Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. The winner will receive a cash prize of $7,500. The prize will be awarded to a woman who is a USA citizen, and who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction, whether novel, short stories, or experimental writing. Works written primarily for children and publications from private and vanity presses cannot be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch includes a residency, a translation prize, a medical themed prize for poetry, and a short story contest. Deadlines range from Jan 31-Feb 1.

The Goethe-Institut Chicago is accepting submissions for the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, which honors an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the US the previous year. The winner (translator) will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago, where the award ceremony will be held. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are eligible. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length and not have previously been published in any form. They must be written in English and should not be translations of another writer’s work. The winner will receive £5,000 (or approximately $8,184). Entry fee: £10 per poem. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a fellowship for our Massachusetts residents as well as contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Deadlines range from January 27-31.

The Iowa Review Awards is a multi-genre writing contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submissions may be up to 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry (one poem or several, but no more than one poem per page). Work must be previously unpublished.  The winner will receive $1,500 and the runners-up will receive $750. All manuscripts will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Massachusetts Art Council’s Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Any artist 18 years or older who has been a legal resident of Massachusetts for the last two years at the time of application is eligible. All Artist Fellows/Finalists must be legal residents of Massachusetts when grants are awarded. Submissions must be 25 pages or less, but may be a single work or up to four works or excerpts. Deadline: January 27, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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