Contests for Already Published (Poetry) Books – Updated

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Because this list gets a lot of page views, I’ve moved it to my new website blog and updated it with new links and new awards. If anyone knows of additional contests for already published books (or galleys), please post a comment and I will add to the list.

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Recent updates: Added Nebraska Book Awards, Society of Midland Authors Awards, Midwest Book Awards. Several website links updated.

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BOOK AWARDS FOR POETRY BOOKS

Note: advice of most of these contests is to submit book as soon as possible during submission period.

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards – poetry category
sponsor: Foreword Magazine
cost to enter: $79 (before Sept.1), plus 2 copies of book
prize: publicity of being first, second or third place in category. Money only awarded to one best “fiction” and one best “non-fiction”
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: self-published are eligible
deadline: January 15
https://awards.forewordreviews.com/

The Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books (includes poetry)
sponsor: The Eric Hoffer Project
cost to enter:  $55.00
grand prize for independent books: $2,000; other awards & distinctions given as well, including the da Vinci eye award
submission/entry by: publisher, author or others
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: January 21
http://www.hofferaward.com/

The Balcones Poetry Prize
sponsor: Austin Community College
cost to enter: 3 copies of book plus $25 nomination fee
prize: $1,500
submission/entry by: publisher, author or others
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: January 31
http://sites.austincc.edu/crw/balcones-prizes/

Levis Reading Prize (1st or 2nd book of poetry)
sponsor: Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of English
cost to enter: 3 copies of the book
prize: $5000 & expenses paid to give reading at VCU in Richmond
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published, no vanity presses
deadline: February 1
http://english.vcu.edu/mfa/levis/

Paterson Poetry Prize
sponsor: The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
cost to enter: 2 copies of book
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500 copies
deadline: February 1
http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry
sponsor: Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale & GRASSROOTS
cost to enter: $20.00 plus one copy of book
prize: $1,000 & reading at Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no vanity press or self-published books
deadline: February 1
http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html

Library of Virginia Literary Awards (VA writer)
sponsor: Library of Virginia
cost to enter: 4 copies of the book
prize: cash prize and engraved crystal book
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: February 12
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/index.htm

Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award (book in previous calendar year)
sponsor: Binghamton University
cost to enter: 2 copies, plus entry form
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500 copies
deadline: March 1
http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html

Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
sponsor: Jenkins Group Publishing Services
cost to enter: $75/title/category (early entry), plus a copy of the book
prize: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in each of 72 categories
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: March 15
http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/ipawards.php

Debut-litzer Prizes (for a first work of fiction or poetry)
sponsor: Late-Night Library
cost to enter: 2 copies of book plus $25 application fee
prize: $1000 plus featured appearance on Late Night Conversation; winning books will be discussed on Late Night Debut.
submission/entry by: author, agent, publicist, or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: published in North America in English
deadline: April 30
http://latenightlibrary.org/

Brockman-Campbell Book Award (poetry book by NC-born or NC-resident poet)
sponsor: North Carolina Poetry Society
cost to enter: 1 copy of book, bio, $20 for non-members, $10 for members
prize: $200 plus invitation to read at fall meeting of NCPS
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: May 1
http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/bcaward/

James Laughlin Award (2nd book)
sponsor: Academy of American Poets
cost to enter: 4 copies of the manuscript
prize: $5,000 & one-week residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: published by a press with at least 4 previous books of poetry
deadline: May 15
http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/james-laughlin-award

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
sponsor: American Academy of Poets
cost to enter: $75, plus four copies of the book
prize: $25,000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: minimum press run of 500; self-published not eligible
deadline: January 1-May 15
http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/lenore-marshall-poetry-prize

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award (not only poetry books) (must reside in greater Kansas City area – Jackson, Cass, Clay, Lafayette and Platte counties in Missouri; or Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas)
sponsors: American Association of University Women-Kansas City Branch and the Kansas City Public Library
cost to enter: 2 copies of book
prize: $500 check, certificate of recognition, and listing on the library’s website
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: No text books, guide books, or how-to manuals. Previous winners not eligible.
deadline: June 1
http://kansascity-mo.aauw.net/events/thorpe-menn-literary-award/

Pulitzer Prize
sponsor: Pulitzer
cost to enter: $50.00, plus four copies of the book
prize: $10,000
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadlines: June 15 (for books pub’d 1/1-6/15); Oct 1 (for books pub’d 6/15-12/31)
http://www.pulitzer.org

Housatonic Book Awards (for five categories, including poetry)
sponsor: Western Connecticut State University MFA program, in conjunction with the MFA Alumni Writers’ Cooperative
cost to enter: $25 plus a copy of the book and a completed entry form
prize: $1,000 for appearance at MFA residency in January, plus $500 travel stipend and hotel stay
submission/entry by: publisher, author, agent, or legal representative of author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: June 15
http://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/

Towson University Prize for Literature (for book by Maryland authors)
sponsor: Towson University
cost to enter: 3 copies of the book
prize: $1,000
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published books
deadline: June 15
http://www.towson.edu/cla/departments/english/documents/towson_prize_for_literature_rev.pdf

Nebraska Book Awards (books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or concerning Nebraska; poetry is one of the categories)
sponsor: Nebraska Center for the Book
cost to enter: $40 per book, per category, plus copies of the book (see entry form for specifics)
prize: Distinctive certificate, permission to display award sticker on cover of books, books on display at ceremony and ability to sell books at the ceremony
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: Books must be “professionally published, have an ISBN, and be bound.”
deadline: June 30
http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/awards/nebookawards.html

National Book Award
sponsor: National Book Foundation
cost to enter: $135
prize: $10,000 top prize for poetry book; $1000 to each finalist
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: self-published is okay only if the “author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors”
deadline: July 1
http://www.nationalbook.org

Kate Tufts Discovery Award (for a 1st book)
sponsor: Claremont Graduate University
cost to enter: 8 copies of the book
prize: $10,000
submission/entry by: author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: July 1
http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/

Kingsley Tufts Award
sponsor: Claremont Graduate University
cost to enter: 8 copies of the book
prize: $100,000 and 1-week residency at Claremont
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent/rep
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: July 1
http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/

Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award (1st books)
sponsor: Great Lakes Colleges Association
cost to enter: four copies of the book
prize: All expenses paid trips to several of the GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of $500
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: July 25
https://glca.org/glcaprograms/new-writers-award (cut and paste into browser if link does not work)

PEN New England Awards (poetry is one of several categories for New England-based writers)
sponsor: PEN New England
cost to enter: n/a
prize: n/a
submission/entry by: publisher, author, agent, or publicist
POD or self-publishing restrictions: n/a
deadline: Guidelines will be posted in August/September 2015
http://www.pen-ne.org/pen-new-england-awards/

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize (for book of poems by an Upstate New York poet)
sponsor: Utica College
cost to enter: entry form, CV, plus two copies of the book
prize: $2000, reading at Utica College, meeting with students in master class
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published or vanity press
deadline: August 31
http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/english/nassar/index.cfm

Drake University Emerging Writer Award (1st books, 2013 is novels; check future for poetry)
sponsor: Drake University Writers & Critics Series
cost to enter: one copy of the book, cover letter
prize: $1000 plus travel and lodging for a reading at the University
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no vanity presses or self-published books
deadline: September 15
Send to: Drake University Emerging Writer Award,  c/o Nancy Reincke, Writers and Critics Series,  English Department, Howard Hall,  Drake University,  2507 University Ave,  Des Moines, IA 50311
email: nancy.reincke@drake.edu
http://www.drake.edu/english/susanglaspellwriterscriticsseries/

Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award (various genres, incl. poetry)
sponsor: University of Central Arkansas Foundation
cost to enter: $25, plus one copy of the book
prize: $500 honorarium, plus travel expenses to the UCA Arkatext Literary Festival (must agree to read there as a winner)
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent/rep
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: October 15
https://arkansaswriters.wordpress.com/philip-k-mcmath-post-publication-book-award-genre-unlimited/

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (books by writers of African descent, various genres incl. poetry)
sponsor: Hurston/Wright Foundation
cost to enter: $30, plus four copies of the book
prize: announcement at the annual Gala fundraiser
submission/entry by: publisher (self-published authors may nominate themselves)
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: November 17
http://www.hurstonwright.org/book-submissions/

UNT Rilke Prize (for a mid-career poet with at least two previous books of poetry)
sponsor: University of North Texas
cost to enter: two copies of book and completed entry form
prize: $10,000 plus travel expenses for trip to Texas to give readings at UNT and at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published books
deadline: November 30
http://english.unt.edu/creative-writing/poetryprize

Lambda Literary Awards (LBGT content relevance, not based on orientation of writer)
sponsor: Lambda Literary
cost to enter: $45 plus a copy of the book
prize: award and ceremony
submission/entry by: author or publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/

National Book Critics Circle Award
sponsor: National Book Critics Circle
cost to enter: 1 copy of book to a board member, if they’re interested, they will request one for each board member
prize: fabulous publicity, awards ceremony in NYC
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: December 1
http://www.bookcritics.org/awards/

Society of Midland Authors Awards (poetry is a category; authors who live in, were born in, or have strong ties to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin)
sponsor: Society of Midland Authors
cost to enter: n/a
prize: $500 and a recognition plaque
submission/entry by: n/a
POL or self-publishing restrictions: n/a
deadline: Check back toward end of year for details
http://midlandauthors.com/contest_about.html

Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
sponsor: Morehead State University
cost to enter: four copies of a book
prize: $1000, plus invitation to speak at award ceremony
submission/entry by: publisher or author
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/English/Chafin-Award

Pushcart Prize (for individual poems from published poetry collections)
sponsor: Pushcart Prize
cost to enter: none (up to six entries from a single publisher)
prize: publication in annual Pushcart Prize anthology
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 1
http://www.pushcartprize.com

Minnesota Book Awards (various genres, including poetry books by MN writers)
sponsor: The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
cost to enter: $45, plus 5 copies of the book
prize: invitation to awards gala, unclear if there is a monetary award
submission/entry by: author, publisher, or agent
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 4
http://thefriends.org/events/mnba/

Norma Farber First Book Award (for a first book)
sponsor: Poetry Society of America
cost to enter: $15 for non-members
prize: $500
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: “standard edition”; no self-published
deadline: December 22
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

William Carlos Williams Award
sponsor: Poetry Society of America
cost to enter: $15 for non-members
prize: purchase prize between $500-$1000
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: “standard edition”; no self-published
deadline: December 22
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

Midwest Book Awards (poetry is a category; for publishers located in the 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)
sponsor: Midwest Independent Publishers Association
cost to enter: $70 per title for one category; $30 for each additional category (for MIPA members, non-member fees are higher)
prize: finalists and winners receive certificate and invitation to gala; winners receive medallion; finalists and winners can purchase seals to put on front cover of books
submission/entry: publishers only
POD or self-publishing restrictions: entries must have a copyright page and ISBN with publisher details
deadline: December 30
http://www.mipa.org/about-the-awards

Book Award (2016 is “in Poetry”; 2017 is “in Fiction”; 2018 is “in Creative Nonfiction”)(author must have Kansas connection)
sponsors: Center for Kansas Studies, Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library, and the Friends of Mabee Library
cost to enter: two copies of the book
prize: $1000 and invitation to Mabee Library for reading and presentation ceremony
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 31
http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/ksbookaward/

American Book Awards
sponsor: Before Columbus Foundation
cost to enter: two copies of the book
prize: 10 to 18 awards
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: none
deadline: December 31
http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/

Griffin Poetry Prize
sponsor: Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
cost to enter: four copies of a book, plus press materials
prize: $65,000 (Canadian)
submission/entry by: publisher
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no self-published
deadline: December 31
http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com

Julie Suk Prize for Best Poetry Book
sponsor: Jacar Press
cost to enter: two copies of book, plus $10 reading fee
prize: $500, and invitation to North Carolina for a reading and workshop
submission/entry by: anyone
POD or self-publishing restrictions: independent, non-major presses only
deadline: December 31
http://www.jacarpress.com/submit/

PEN Center Book Awards (poetry is one of several categories, writers west of the Mississippi River)
sponsor: PEN Center USA
cost to enter: 4 copies of book, plus $35 fee, plus application form
prize: $1000, one-year membership in PEN Center USA, invitation to annual Literary Awards Festival
submission/entry by: authors, publishers, agents, or publicists
POD or self-publishing restrictions: no POD or self-published books
deadline: December 31
http://penusa.org/awards/submit

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