Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes (Ron Charles, Washington Post Style Blog, 8-30-14)

When I first worked at Harper & Row, one of my jobs was submitting Harper titles for entry in prize competitions. I don't remember there being this many competitions!--Pat McNees

Poet Mark Doty (on receiving the $50,000 Whiting Award) speaks movingly about why writers write--what writers want out of writing--and about how insecure they generally feel about their writing. (NBCC blog, Critical Mass)

Yale Announcing $150,000 Literary Prizes (Charles McGrath, NY Times 6-17-11). The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes "will be given annually starting in late 2012 or early 2013, with seven to nine grants of $150,000 each awarded to playwrights and writers of fiction and nonfiction. Awards for poetry may be added later at the discretion of the awards committee."


Glamour's "My Real-Life Story Essay Contest" ($5,000 plus publication in Glamour)

**E&P Journalism Awards and Fellowship Directory. Get a free PDF download of this comprehensive list, from Editor & Publisher, of more than 500 awards, grants, scholarships and contests - national and international - available to journalists and other newspaper professionals. With a subject index to make locating specific awards easier.


Nominate a document that sucks for the WonderMark Award, given for the least usable documents, the sort that make us shake our heads and say: “What were they thinking?" The winner for 2010: the I-94 Form, the document visitors from other countries must fill out when they come to the U.S.


G&A: The Contest Blog (Prize Reporter, Grants & Awards, Poets&Writers)



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Fame is a bee
It has a song——
It has a sting——
Ah, too, it has a wing.
~ Emily Dickinson

My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel, travel as exploration, as concentration, as a purpose. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection, which comes from travel and reading."
~Ryszard Kapuscinski (ceremonial speaker, Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage, 2003)

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Contest scams and competitions to be wary about
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(including awards geared to self-published books)
PEN American literary awards
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Awards, grants, fellowships, competitions
Writers colonies (aka residencies, communities, retreats)
Getting funded: grant proposal writing and fundraising (tips, guides, books, workshops)

If a link doesn't work, or an important site is not listed, let me know. URLs change so often it's hard to keep up! Google the terms given here and you're likely to find the site (unless an award is no longer given).

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards for outstanding reporting for a general audience, honoring individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Each category winner receives $3,000. Categories for U.S. submissions: U.S. submissions in the following categories: Large Newspaper, Small Newspaper, Magazine, Television:Spot News/​Feature Reporting, Television:In-depth Reporting, Radio, and Online. international category for Children's Science News is open to journalists worldwide across all news media. International category for Children's Science News is open to journalists worldwide across all news media. (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) Awards, with an emphasis on academic history.


AAAS Science Dance contest (best performance of a dissertation choreographed and set to music), link to 4 You-Tube videos of winners who best bridged art and science, dancing their PhD thesis

ADDYs (American Advertising Federation, AAF, "honoring advertising's best and brightest")

AHCJ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Awards by journalists for journalists, in twelve categories: Beat Reporting (all sizes), Health Policy (large and small division), Public Health (large and small division), Trade (all sizes), Business (large and small division--stories that explore where medicine and business intersect), Investigative (large and small division--sttories that shed light on things the public should know about, but government, private industry or others would rather remain secret), Consumer/​Feature (large and small division).
Entries compete head-to-head no matter whether they appeared in magazines, newspapers, trade publications or on radio or television stations or websites.

ALA Awards (from the American Library Association) greatly influence library, school, and family purchases. They include:
Margaret A. Edwards Award
William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Schneider Family Book Award (to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences)
The Odyssey Awards (best audio book for children and/​or young adults, in English, in U.S.)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association award)
Coretta Scott King Book Awards (to honor African American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults)
Alex Awards (for ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (grand prize, a $50,000 advance on a publishing contract with Amazon/​CreateSpace; four first prizes, advances of $15,000 each). See highlights of Amazon contract and FAQs. Submissions for 2013 were due in January 2013.

American Academy of Arts and Letters awards, including Arts and Letters Awards in Literature, conveying both $7500 and honor to five artists, eight writers, four composers, and three architects (with composers receiving an additional $7500 toward the recording of a work). See additional prestigious awards here.

American Copy Editors Society (ACES) awards
Headline contest ($2,250 in cash prizes for outstanding headline writing)
Robinson Prize ($3,000 each year to a person whose exemplary work upholds the craft, focused on excellence over the whole range of skills and contributions in editing)
• Glamann Award (recognizing people and organizations that have contributed to the society and to the craft)

American History Book Prize (prize and $50,000 are awarded by the New York Historical Society for an adult nonfiction book on American history or biography distinguished by its scholarship, literary style, and appeal to a general as well as an academic audience)


Academy of American Poets. Numerous awards for poetry in the United States, ranging in value from $1,000 to $100,000.


American Horticultural Society awards for Excellence in Children's Literature (outstanding children’s gardening and nature books), and the AHS Gardening Book Award (the award for adult gardening books)

American Literary Awards (a list on Wikipedia)

American Political Science Association (APSA) Book Awards:
Ralph J. Bunche Award best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism ($1,000)
Gladys M. Kammerer (best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy, $1,000)
Victoria Schuck Award (best book on women and politics, $1,000)
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award (best book on government, politics, or international affairs, $5,000, supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation)

American Short Fiction Short Story Contest

Amnesty International Media Awards (celebrating the best in human rights journalism)

Amy Foundation Writing Awards (writing in secular markets, using at least one biblical passage; first prize, $10,000)

Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship (an annual scholarship of about $54,000 to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. No age requirement, nor need poet be previously published, though previous winners have been.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in fiction and nonfiction (new in 2012, funded by the Carnegie Corporation and awarded by the American Library Association--$1500 for finalists, $5000 for winners).

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Established in 1935, this important American book prize focuses on works that address racism and diversity.

Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. The 2010 awards from this 22-year-old awards program for writers, editors, publications staff, and business and nonprofit communicators drew 3,700 entries (at $99 per entry) in 130 communications categories. It presented 1132 Awards of Excellence in 127 categories and 100 Grand Awards in the 11 main categories: newsletters; magazines and journals; magapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and reports; electronic media and video; Web and intranet sites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and special publications.Sponsored by Communications Concepts, publishers of Writing That Works: The Business Communications Concept. One winner was a booklet about the National Library Service for the Blind's Talking Books Program.

A Room of Her Own (AROHO) awards and prizes
AROHO’s $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award , for an imagined yet unwritten poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project, selected from women who are finalists in four categories: creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry, with $5,000 for the three finalists who don't get the Freedom Award). See application process.
• $1,000 to the annual Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes for one woman’s unpublished poetry collection and one woman’s “everything but poetry” manuscript (respectively)
• $10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship given to a woman playwright to fund and facilitate the completion of a new dramatic work
• 4 Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The Los Angeles Review awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a women writers.


Artist Trust (supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines




ASJA writing awards (American Society of Journalists & Authors)

ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF), to established freelance writers who, because of advancing age, illness, or disability, are unable to work.

ASNE awards for excellence in journalism (American Society of News Editors, awards in nine categories, including the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reportingm $1,000 to $10,000). See FAQ about ASNE awards.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs, AWP Award Series. Awards (with $$ amounts for 2015): AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction ($2,500), AWP Prize for the Novel ($2,500), the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry ($5,500), the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction ($5,500), George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature ($2,000 honorarium), AWP Small Press Publisher Award ($2,000). See Guidelines.. Open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence.
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The Audies, the Oscars for audiobooks, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (AP)

The Authors League Fund. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.

Awards and contests, lists of:
AJR list of awards, grants, fellowships, and scholarships for journalists (American Journalism Review)
American Literary Awards (a list on Wikipedia)
Award submissions calendar (Poets & Writers handy calendar helps you schedule submissions for writing contests, grants, and other literary awards)
Award Annals (ranks creative works honored by more than 180 book awards, film awards, and music awards). Here is information about the 69 award organizations represented on Award Annals.
Between the Covers guide to literary awards and book lists (a rare-book store's excellent reference section)
Big Fat Prize (information about contests, competitions, awards, prizes in many categories)
Canada Council links to Writing & Publishing Grants and Prizes
E&P Journalism Awards and Fellowship Directory (free PDF download). A comprehensive list from Editor & Publisher (2010) of more than 500 awards, grants, scholarships and contests -- national and international -- available to journalists and other newspaper professionals. With a subject index to make locating specific awards easier.
Film Awards (Wikipedia)
Film award ceremonies and festivals (Internet Movie Database, IMDb)
Funds for Writers (C. Hope Clark's website and newsletter)
New Pages calendar of Writing Contest classifieds (poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, photography, etc. -- only for publications listed by NewPages, for literary and alternative magazines and publishers and university presses). See its complete list, by deadline month
Newswise calendar of Journalism Awards (you have to qualify and sign in)
Goodreads list of award winners (as a guide for READERS)
John Kremer's list for Book Marketing and Book Promotion (includes competitions that welcome self-published books)
Book Awards for Self-Published Authors (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer)
NewsLab Links to Journalism Awards
Grants & Awards. The PEN guide, formerly a book, is now an online database to which you can subscribe ($10 for members, $12 for non-members -- for nearly 1,500 listings of domestic and foreign grants, literary awards, fellowships, and residencies)
Poets & Writers database of writing contests, grants & awards
Preditors and Editors list of writing contests (on which they indicate which contests not to enter)
Radio/​Media Awards Directory (AIR wiki, Association of Independents in Radio)
The Top 10 Screenwriting Contests: An Industry Exec's P.O.V. (Authors in Your Pockets)
Various awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters
Wikipedia links to nonfiction literary awards
Wikipedia links to literary awards by genre and type
WritersNet guide to writing contests and awards
Getting Funded (Writers & Editors links to grant-funding resources)

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Bad Sex in Fiction Award (Literary Review). Here are some earlier winners, with prize-winning sentences and here are recent winners

BAFTA Awards , the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for film, television and games, including children's entertainment, presented at annual ceremonies across the UK and in Los Angeles. See Wikipedia lists of best films.


The Bancroft Prize, awarded by Columbia University, for authors of distinguished work in American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature A prize of £3,000 awarded annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English, published for the first time in English during the previous year.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards

Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism (Reynolds Center for Business Journalism)x

Barry Awards for Best Crime Fiction (given by Deadly Pleasures Magazine and Mystery News)

The BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, the UK's most prestigious nonfiction award (worth £20,000 to the winning author), for the best nonfiction published in the UK, from biography, travel and popular science to the arts and current affairs. "All the best stories are true." (Administered by Colman Getty Consultancy). See piece by the Guardian's Alison Flood, Biography dominates Samuel Johson prize longlist. ("A wide range of life stories loom large among the 18 finalists for the £20,000 prize.")

Bellwether Prize for Fiction ($25,000 plus publication, for "a literature of social change")

Benjamin Franklin Awards, (Independent Book Publishers Association, IBPA) awards in 55 categories, recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, for independent publishers. See also Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (honoring the best in digital book innovation)

Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for best full-length bookswritten by an author or authors whose primary profession is print, broadcast, or electronic journalism, sponsored by New York Public Library. Factors considered: the subject's significance, the book's influence on on public opinion or policy, and the quality of reporting and writing.

The Best of Photojournalism (NPPA, the contest designed by photojournalists for photojournalists)

Between the Covers (rare-book store's guide to literary awards and book lists)

Robert W. Bingham Prize (PEN) awards a cash stipend of $25,000 to exceptionally talented fiction writers whose debut work -- a first novel or collection of short stories published in the award year -- represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism ($20,000, and check out the other Nieman Foundation awards on that page)


Biography and Biographers, awards for:
See fuller description of award under its own name in master list. The Biographer's Craft newsletter will keep you up to date on when applications are due and on any special news about a particular year's award.
Annual BIO awards (Biographers International Organization)
Biographers' Club (UK) prizes: The Tony Lothian Biographers' Club Prize (one prize for first-time biographers and one for services to biography).
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships (midcareer awards)
Leon Levy Biography Fellowships ($60,000 stipend)
Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography (£5,000 presented annually for a historical biography published the preceding year)
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
Mayborn Fellowship in Biography
Mayborn National Biography Writing Contest (for high school or community college students)
Mayborn Conference Young Spurs Biography Contest
National Book Critics Circle awards in Biography and in Autobiography. Before 2005, autobiography and biography together were one category.
National Jewish Book Award in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir (a Krauss Family Award in memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg
PEN/​Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000)
The Plutarch Award . In February 2013 the Biographers International Organization (BIO) announced that it was starting the Plutarch Award, an annual award to be presented by the world's only organization of practicing biographers and lovers of biography for the Best Biography of the Year.
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography (cash award)
Biographies are also eligible for an American History Book Prize, a Bancroft Prize, a Hillman Prize, a National Book Award, or a Pulitzer Prize, among others. Biography dominates Samuel Johson prize longlist (Alison Flood, Guardian. "A wide range of life stories loom large among the 18 finalists for the £20,000 prize."
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Black Caucus Literature Awards (Black Caucus of the American Library Association awards for fiction, first novel, nonfiction by African American author and Outstanding Contribution to Publishing for unique book positively depicting African Americans)

Blog awards (Wikipedia entry)
Weblog awards for 2013 (Bloggies)
The Webby Awards, an international award honoring excellence on the Internet -- for over 100+ Website, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile & App categories -- presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Two honors are presented in every category: The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award. This is different from the previous listing.
Online Media Awards (somewhat British-oriented) include online editor of the year; digital writer of the year; best commentary/​blogging; best video journalism.
The Duck of the Draw (Simon Waldman, Guardian, on the Guardian's Best British Blog award 2002). See also Weblog competition a 'bloody stupid idea'? (Simon Waldman vs. Tom Coates)

Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry (a privately funded $10,000 poetry award given under the auspices of the Library of Congress--the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry)

Bollingen Prize for Poetry at Yale ($100,000), a prestigious literary honor bestowed every two years on an American poet, in recognition of the best book of new verse within the last two years, or for lifetime achievement.

Book Awards for Self-Published Authors (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer)

Man Booker Prize(s) (distinguished award for contemporary fiction, worth £50,000, to writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland). See readers' guides for Man Booker titles and rules and conditions for entering submissions and story about changes in criteria (Bookseller, 9-18-13), making first-time American novelists eligible and allowing more entries by publishers with previously long-listed titles. "Authors who have previously been shortlisted will still be allowed to automatically enter new titles, and there will still be a call in option for judges to request books that were not originally submitted."

Man Booker International Prize (worth £60,000, awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language)

Books for a Better Life Award (National MS Society, NYC-Southern NY chapter) Awarding self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives. Awards in several categories: Childcare/​Parenting, Cookbook, First Book, Green, Inspirational Memoir, Motivational, Psychology, Relationships, Spiritual, and Wellness)

Booktrust administers many writing awards and contests previously administered by other organizations, and some new ones. Here's Booktrust's story.

The Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle.
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Borders Original Voices Award Winners (Goodreads listing through 2009--awards appear to have been discontinued after that. Was $5,000 award in each of four categories)

Boston Authors Club. Annual prizes of $1,000 each for two books (one for young readers) written by a Boston-area author. Poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction).

Bram Stoker Awards (Horror Writers Association)


Michael Braude Award for Light Verse
, a $5000 biennial award for light verse written in English regardless of the writer's country of origin (one of many awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters).

British Fantasy Awards (British Fantasy Society)

Brit Writers' Awards. Jane Smith of How Publishing Really Works writes about suspect aspects of these awards--a marketing gimmick for a self-publishing arm?

Brown Foundation. The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants ($1,000) awards yearly grants for full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas that present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and that are based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art.

The Caine Prize for African Writing (£10,000 and prestige). There's controversy about whether there is such a thing as African writing, which Ellah Allfrey discussed in this Guardian story in 2010: The winning qualities of the Caine Prize.

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism honor distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children, youth and families. Read these First Person narratives by honorees about how they covered their winning stories, with tips (Reporting Best Practices) for fellow reporters. Journalism Center on Children and Families

Center for Plain Language ClearMark and WonderMark awards recognize the best and worst use of plain language each year in both the private and public sectors. The ClearMark awards celebrate documents and web sites that succeed in communicating clearly. The WonderMark awards "are your chance to tell the world what’s not plain. Forms, signage, websites. Disclaimers, instructions, legal documents."

The Chautauqua Prize, a national prize that celebrates a book of fiction or literary/​narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts--winner receives $7,500 and a week-long residency at the famed Chautauqua Institution in New York)

Children's Book Awards (English-language awards worldwide, on the Children's Literature Web Guide)
Awards and Prizes Online (Children's Book Council, $150 subscription provides up-to-date info for a year)
Children's Choices Reading Lists (sponsored by International Reading Association and Children's Book Council)
Awards in Youth Literature (The Center for Children's Books)
Book Awards (The Global Fund for Children)
Children's Book Awards, International (David K. Brown, Children's Literature Web Guide, 1997, somewhat out of date but possibly helpful)

Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

Christopher Awards (established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit" -- that "encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others." Answers to FAQs.

The Christy Awards (honoring excellence in Christian fiction)

Cicero Speechwriting Awards (Vital Speeches of the Day, for speeches submitted in English)

ClearMark and WonderMark awards (Center for Plain Language, recognizing the best and worst in plain language each year in government, nonprofit, and private companies)

Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting (Council for the Advancement of Science, $3,000 and a framed certificate)

Colorado Prize for Poetry

Commonwealth Short Fiction Prize (unearths, develops and promotes the best new fiction from across the British Commonwealth--writers from Nigeria, Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK,m and other parts of the Commonwealth). Regional winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. Regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. In 2014 the organization will stop offering a book prize and concentrate on the short story--see eligibility and entry rules.

Communication Arts competitions (for advertising, design, illustration, interactive media photography)

Content Marketing Awards (a combination of the Magnum Opus Awards and the Orange Awards -- for people who create content for organizations)

Contest scams and competitions to be wary about


Writing Contests: Facts and Fakes...And How to Tell the Difference (Victoria Strauss)
Preditors and Editors list of contests, competitions, and services to avoid
The Red Flags of Writing Contests (C. Hope Clark, guest blogging on Writer Beware, 8-13-12). Clark is editor of Funds for Writers , a newsletter whose 45,000 readers are notified of calls for submissions from grants, contests, and publishers.
Contest and award fakes (Writer Beware on fake contests, the most common of which are conducted by vanity anthology companies)
Beware of Fake Awards (Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware)
Legitimate contests vs. contest scams (Poetry page, Writers and Editors site--because most of the fake contests seem to involve poetry)
What you stand to lose in travel photo contests (Richard Stupart, MatadorNetwork.com, 4-3-13). Under the "barely concealed bait of a competition to win a wonderful prize, some organizations inviting you to share your favorite photos are asking you to sign away your rights, and to grab those rights for themselves, without payment or acknowledgment, and forever. Read the terms of the contest, and don't let your ego (winning) overcome your common sense. Don't be a sucker!
Web Resources that Help You Identify Scams (Winning Writers)
The Free Contest Scheme (Writer Beware, SFWA). In this version of the vanity anthology scheme, writers are targeted via a free contest. Another variation: Pay to Play Anthologies (often nonfiction), and other schemes to get writers to open their wallets.
Vanity book awards (Laura Miller, Salon, 11-17-09) Want to win some props for your masterpiece? We can do that -- for a price. The National Best Books Awards are "a new twist in the age-old practice of profiting off the dreams of aspiring writers."
How to Avoid Writing Contest Scams (Genius_knight, wikiHow,
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Cookbook awards:
IACP Cookbook Awards. The International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards celebrate the year's most outstanding food and beverage publications
James Beard Cookbook of the Year Award. Here are past winners (as posted on Powell's Books)

Costa Book Awards (were Whitbread Literary Awards, starting in 1971, then Whitbread Book Awards, from 1985 on until 2006 when Costa took over). Prestigious and popular literary prizes with sizable cash awards for U.K. and Ireland-based authors in these categories: Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000 ($8,100), and then one of the five winning books is selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year, receiving a further £30,000--for a total prize fund of £55,000.


Creative Writing Contests (which may mean short stories, essays, memoirs, poems, novels, plays, etc.). Many, many contests, large and small, can be found on these lists:
Poets & Writers' excellent list
Manuscript Editing's list
Freelance Writing's list
Pearl Luke's list
Oliver Abrahim Kahn's site
Writer's Digest competitions

Crime Fiction Awards (Omnimystery.com's master list of all the awards for outstanding writing in the field of mystery, suspense, thriller and crime fiction)

Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women ($1000 given by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to journalists who best capture the courage, vision, and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly)

Cybils. The Cybils, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are for kid friendly, blogger approved books. Categories: book apps, easy reading, fantasy & science fiction (middle grade and young adult), graphic novels, middle grade fiction and nonfiction, young adult nonfiction, nonfiction picture books, poetry, and young adult fiction.

Dagger Awards (Crime Writers Association, UK)

David Cohen Prize for Literature, worth £40,000, established in 1992, has been awarded to novelists, dramatists, biographers, poets and essayists. The winner of the prize also chooses the recipient of the Clarissa Luard Award, worth £12,500 and also . funded by Arts Council England, which is given to a literature organization that supports young writers and readers or an individual writer under the age of 35.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace 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. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize. Download nomination form and guidelines (which give fuller guidance on what winning books should try to do).

Dilys Award (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, connecting criminally inclined readers with arresting mysteries), for mystery titles of the year that member booksellers most enjoyed selling, named for Dilys Winn, first mystery bookseller)

Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

Deadline Club Awards (prestigiou journalism awards). Get a sense of the categories in this list of the 2014 Annual Awards Finalists.

The Dish Awards. One DOESN'T want to win these: The Malkin Award is for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric. The Moore Award is for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric. The Hewitt Award is for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics. The Dick Morris Award is for stunningly wrong political, social and cultural predictions. The Poseur Alert is for passages of prose that stand out for pretension, vanity and really bad writing designed to look like profundity. The Hathos Alert is for moments when you want to look away but cannot. (Hathos is the attraction to something you really can’t stand; it’s the compulsion of revulsion.) Those are shortened versions of descriptions on the Dish website.

Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes. These new literary awards "will be given annually starting in late 2012 or early 2013, with seven to nine grants of $150,000 each awarded to playwrights and writers of fiction and nonfiction. Awards for poetry may be added later at the discretion of the awards committee." Source: Yale Announcing $150,000 Literary Prizes (Charles McGrath, NY Times 6-17-11).

Duff Cooper Prize (aka the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize) to a work of nonfiction (history, biography, politics or poetry) published in English within the current year by a UK publisher. Award winner gets £5,000 ($8,330).

The Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers. The £60,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author under 30. It is open to works of fiction, drama, and poetry in English--all genres in which Thomas worked.

ECPA Christian Book Awards (awards in seven categories from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association)

Edgar Awards (Mystery Writers of America)

Edelstein Prize cash award and a plaque to the author of an outstanding scholarly book in the history of technology (formerly the Dexter prize). One of several awards presented by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)

**E&P Journalism Awards and Fellowship Directory (free PDF download, 2010). This comprehensive list, from Editor & Publisher, of more than 500 awards, grants, scholarships and contests - national and international - available to journalists and other newspaper professionals. With a subject index to make locating specific awards easier.

Emergency Funds and Other Resources for Needy Writers (ASJA's fine guide to National Emergency Funds, Regional Emergency Funds, Crisis Advice and Advocacy)

Emergency Shelter and Food Provisions (PEN America's list of national and regional resources)

English PEN prizes (for British writers)
Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature is presented annually to a British writer
Hessell-Tiltman Prize (of £3,000 is awarded annually to a nonfiction historical work of high literary merit covering any historical period until the end of the second world war
PEN Pinter Prize (awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination …to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’ ")
PEN/​Ackerley Prize given annually to a literary autobiography of excellence, written by an author of British nationality and published during the preceding year, for which it is felt that J.R. Ackerley would have expressed enthusiasm.
See also PEN American awards, below (scroll down).

Environmental journalism, prizes for. Society of Environmental Journalists annual awards for reporting on the environment, in seven categories: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market; Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market; Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large Market; Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market; Outstanding Feature Story; Rachel Carson Environment Book Award; Outstanding Environmental Photojournalism
The society also lists Non-SEJ environmental journalism awards

EPPY awards (Editor & Publisher and Media Week awards for best media-affiliated websites, across 43 categories, awarded to newspapers, television, magazine and radio companies)

Eric Hoffer Awards ($40 entry fee) in a variety of categories, including (unpublished) short prose and books (covered here), plus press awards (for micro press, small press, academic press, and self-published books), include the
Montaigne Medal (to the most thought-provoking book(s), which either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought)
da Vinci Eye for the title(s) with the best cover art (judged on both content and style -- here are some winners
the First Horizon Award for superior work by a debut author (the first published book of any type by the author).

Espy Foundation Residencies for Poets and Writers (one-month residencies in March, June, and October to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in Oysterville, Washington)

Evert Clark/​Seth Payne Award for science journalists under 30 ($1000).

Excellence in Financial Journalism Competition (New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants recognize reporters from national and local media who contribute to a better understanding of business topics)

Fellowship of Southern Writers Awards (for poetry, fiction, drama, and lifetime achievement, writing about the Appalachian South)


Fellowships and Grants


GUIDES TO
AHCJ health journalism fellowships (Association of Health Care Journalists)
Award, Fellowship & Residency Database (Creative Writing, University of Minnesota--mostly post MFA, most include teaching)
East-West Center guide to journalism fellowships and exchanges for working American and Asia Pacific journalists to understand the complexities of --and develop a network of contacts in -- the Asia Pacific region through study tours, intensive dialogue with colleagues, government officials, business executives and community leaders
E&P Journalism Awards and Fellowship Directory (free PDF download). This comprehensive list, from Editor & Publisher, lists more than 500 awards, grants, scholarships and contests -- national and international, as of 2010 -- available to journalists and other newspaper professionals. With a subject index to make locating specific awards easier.
Fellowships (creative writing) (Post-MFA Resources Directory|MFA in Creative Writing, University of Wyoming)
Funds for Writers (grants, fellowships, residencies)
Grants and Fellowships for Journalists (Global Investigative Journalism Network's excellent info about general, international, and specialty fellowships;, reporting, documentary, and other grants)
Journalism Grants (JournalismFund.eu, links to organizations, institutions and funds that hand out research grants for investigative journalism)
Getting Funded (section on grants funding, Writers & Editors site)
Literary grants for individuals (Women Arts)
Newslab links to journalism fellowships
Radio/​Media Fellowships and Grants Directory (AIR wiki, Association of Independents in Radio)

SPECIFIC FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
ABE Fellowship Program for Journalists (supporting U.S. and Japan-based researchers focusing on contemporary issues)
AHCJ/​​CDC Health Journalism Fellowships for journalistic training sessions on epidemiology, global disease prevention efforts, pandemic flu preparedness, climate change, vaccine safety, obesity, autism and more).
California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships (USC Annenberg). See Reporting on Health
• Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship $10,000 from ARHO (A Room of Her Own Foundation for Women : Writers : Artists)
Arthur F. Burns Fellowship (an exchange program of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ): each year 20 outstanding media professionals from the United States and Germany are funded to report from and travel in each other's countries)
Artists' Fellowships (New York Foundation for the Arts). $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York, with awards granted in 15 disciplines)
Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy provides a seasoned Canadian journalist with the financial means to pursue a year-long investigation into a current policy issue -- a generous fellowship for a Canadian journalist who has achieved distinction in reporting on policy issues.
Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism
Center for Jewish History fellowship programs
Cullman Center Fellowships. Up to 15 fellowships a year are awarded to outstanding scholars and writers –- academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers -- whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Fellows received a stipend of up to $65,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources.
Dart Asia Fellowships offer senior journalists and their editors in Asia an opportunity to improve coverage of tragic events. Seeks applications from teams: a senior journalist and an editor applying from one organization together. (Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University)
Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships give senior and mid-career journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. The annual Dart Center Academic Fellowships, offered each summer, provide in-depth training to journalism educators. (Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University)
Equal Voice Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships (Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families, deepening media coverage on issues that affect children, youth and families, particularly the disadvantaged).
Fellowships in Global Journalism C$10,000 (about half of tuition) toward 8 months mentoring for your first year covering your specialty in major media, for 20 "outstanding professionals, scholars, and specialized freelancers from around the world" -- Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)
Fellowship in Investigative Journalism (American University and the Center for Public Integrity) $24,000 stipend for U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Master's degree awarded.
Foreign Policy fellowships (paid year-long position for early-career journalists, to develop, research, and write articles for 's website and magazine
Alfred Friendly Press Partners (this 30-year-old program places international journalists from developing countries and emerging markets in U.S. newsrooms for six months)
Fulbright Scholar Program (research and teaching opportunities for U.S. scholars and professionals and visiting scholars, sponsored by the U.S. State Department).
Fund for Investigative Journalism grants, supporting investigative reporting projects around the world.
Furthermore grants in publishing. Grants from $500 to roughly $15,000 for nonfiction book publishing about the city; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues of the day. "In geographical reach we are drawn— but in no way limited— to New York City and to New York State and its Hudson Valley." Grants apply to writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and printing and binding. Individual writers may not apply; applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations.
German Exchange Programs and Fellowships for Journalists. At least six institutions and organizations offer opportunities for American journalists to work and/​or study in Germany: - American Council on Germany; Arthur F. Burns Fellowship; Fulbright Commission; German Marshall Fund, Rias Commission, Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.
Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health Reporting ((for journalists in all media to study health policy issues)
Gilder Lehrman Institute of History (short-term fellowships for post-doc research in New York City in American history)
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Mini-Fellowships for Global Health Reporting ($10,000 to journalists to research and report on global health issues, especially those related to HIV/​AIDS, TB, and malaria -- currently on hiatus)
Guggenheim Fellowships. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards up to 220 fellowships a year to "men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” These American fellowship grants are awarded through two annual competitions, one for U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents (deadline September 15) and one for citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean (deadline December 1). The performing arts are excluded, but composers, film directors, and choreographers are eligible. Applicants: Learn more here. The average amount for grants in 2008,says Wikipedia, was about $43,200. Wikipedia lists Guggenheim fellows by year.
Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship (supports work by academics, independent scholars, writers, filmmakers, novelists, or creative and performing artists working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830)
Hubert H. Humphrey Program (a program for young and mid-career non-U.S. journalists with limited or no prior experience in the United States, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State)
The International Reporting Project (IRP) fellowships (offers IRP Fellowships for U.S. journalists to cover neglected, “under-reported” health stories of global importance (on topics such as malaria, HIV/​AIDS, tuberculosis, water-related diseases, maternal and child health or new scientific research aimed at reducing the impact of global diseases). IRP also offers nine-month International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships to report on religious issues.
International Writers Fellowship at Brown University awards a one-year fellowship to Brown's Program in Literary Arts for an international writer or poet who faces personal danger and threats to their livelihood. Fellowships cover the costs of relocation and the writer's expenses in the U.S., and provide an office on the campus of Brown University for ten months. Deeply practical in nature and intention, the International Writers Fellowships will allow persecuted writers to establish a new environment in which to pursue their work.
IRE, Esri partner to offer fellowships for mapping training (Investigative Reporters and Editors)
James Jones Fellowship for a First Novel. Annual fellowship of $10,000 for a work-in-progress of fiction (novella, or collection of closely linked stories) by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a novel
Kiplinger Fellowship Digital media training fellowships at Ohio State University, with short-term fellowships from the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism for journalists who want to use social media to build a stronger following, develop new sources and better cover their beats.
Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism (a comprehensive business journalism fellowship, for an academic year at Columbia University)
Knight International Journalism Fellowships (sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, designed to create lasting, tangible improvements in the way journalism is practiced around the world).
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships for self-motivated journalists who hope to improve their coverage of science, technology, medicine or the environment. Each year 10 to 12 journalists devise their own plan of study, auditing courses at MIT and Harvard, attending lectures and colloquia, and interviewing faculty members. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 plus tuition and benefits.
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford (for professional journalists, $60,000) 20 fellows from around the world are selected and brought together for 10 months at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Immersed in the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the region, they are inspired to let go of old assumptions and learn new ways of thinking and working.
Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan exceptional journalists from the U.S. and abroad share a life-changing experience: devise a personalized study plan, with a year of study, including twice-weekly seminars, at the University of Michigan, plus news tours to Argentina, Brazil, and Turkey. $70,000 stipend.
Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship. Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) awards spring and fall fellowships to working journalists who want to advance their knowledge in technology, sciences, and the arts. Fellows interview the latest Kyoto Prize laureates and interact with top journalism students at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Leon Levy Biography Fellowships ($60,000 stipend). Fellows must participate in monthly seminars and other programs at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center, CUNY. There are also Biography Dissertation Fellowships for PhD candidates.
MacDowell Colony residency fellowships (for residencies year-round, on a 450-acre estate in Peterborough, New Hampshire, of up to two months for emerging and professional artists in fields of architecture, film/​video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts). See answers to frequently asked questions . The Edward MacDowell Medal has been presented annually since 1960 by the MacDowell Colony to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts.
Mayborn Fellowship in Biography
McCloy Fellowships in Journalism (travel & stipend for U.S. journalists to explore Europe-based stories of their own design, sponsored by the American Council on Germany)
Medicine in the Media (NIH's free but selective annual training opportunity to help develop journalists' and editors’ ability to evaluate and report on medical research--geared to staffers, not freelancers)
Metcalf Fellowships. The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting offers an Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists(at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography). Fellowships include
---Environmental Reporting Fellowships, diversity fellowships for early-career minority journalists (provide traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority journalists with an opportunity to learn basic science, gain environmental research and reporting skills, and apply new knowledge and skills in an environmental reporting assignment)
---Metcalf-Yale Forum Fellowship for Climate Change and Business Reporting.
MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship (for journalists who cover issues in aging and/​or who work for ethnic media outlets). Administered by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM); underwritten by the MetLife Foundation (awards $100K for year two of media fellowships). Here's a list of recent fellows.
Jenny McKean Moore fellowship and workshop (a creative writing fellowship for a poet or novelist, who teaches a free community workshop for local adults, at George Washington). Explained in A Daughter Remembers Jenny Moore
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship (Council on Foreign Relations) A 9-month fellowship with a stipend of $65,000 and a modest travel grant--recipient must have distinguished credentials in journalism and must have covered international news as a working journalist for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States.
National Arts Journalism Fellowship for mid-career journalists (temporarily suspended)

National Endowment for the Arts grants
National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists established this international screenwriting competition to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 fellowships (plus meetings with studios, producers, ad agents) are awarded annually, to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing fictional work for film or television.
Nieman Fellowships, fellowship to study at Harvard for an academic year, for experienced print, broadcast and online reporters, editors, photographers, producers, editorial writers and cartoonists -- $65,000 stipend, books, tuition, housing, health care, travel expenses and childcare. Shorter-term Nieman Visiting Fellowships also available.
Open Society Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships supports individuals (journalists, activists, academics and practitioners) seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental challenges in an open society.
Alicia Patterson Fellowship. Prestigious, highly competitive fellowship award, established to improve the quality of U.S. print journalism. Open only to U.S. citizens who are fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. One-year grants of $40,000 and six-month grants of $20,000 are awarded to working print journalists and photographers, to pursue independent projects of significant interest. See application instructions.
Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing ($75,000 to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research)
The Reporting Award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest (Sponsored by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU)
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellowships (about 25 journalists from around the globe study in Oxford each year on fellowships of either three, six or nine months, covering one, two or all three terms of the academic year)
Scholarships in technical communication (Society for Technical Communication, or STC)
Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Writing , open to all full-time U.S. print or broadcast journalists interested in deepening and broadening their knowledge of environmental issues. A nine-month academic program, covering tuition and fees, plus a $50,000 stipend, from the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.''
Soros Justice Fellowships (advocacy fellowships and media fellowships, also from the Open Society Foundation.
Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism (three fellowships supporting long-form journalism that deepens and enhances the public’s understanding of the American education system)
Starr Center Fellowships at Washington College from the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience include the
---Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship (a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency) for a significant book-length project about the era or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas (a full-time residential fellowship, and the
---Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship, worth $20,000, for academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture,or art of the Americas before 1830.
Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion (for print, broadcast, or online journalists and editors)
Women Arts Funding Lists
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars fellowships . The Wilson Center welcomes outstanding and award-winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its nonpartisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts about 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/​or international issues addressing key public policy challenges.
World Press Institute fellowships brings 10 journalists each year from around the world to the United States to experience the complexities of U.S. life through the prism of a reporter working under First Amendment conditions. See answers to frequently asked questions.
Writers Boot Camp Fellowship (three $995 Basic Training scholarships every month, in this top-notch workshop in screenwriting for Hollywood and television--held in LA and NY ). A first-hand account by Lisa Marks, in The Guardian "LA diary 4: Writers' Boot Camp."
Yale World Fellows for four months, brings together mid-career thinkers and doers ("rising stars" in technology, art, finance, politics, social entrepreneurship, journalism, advocacy and more, from across disciplines and borders) for an intense and unpredictable mash-up of ideas, world views and experiences -- in a learning lab to develop leadership in the brightest and most creative minds working on the big issues of our time.
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Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year (”the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics”)

Fly-fishing awards. There seem to be several, but in particular we note the Robert Travers Fly-Fishing Writing Award. There is also at least one award for fly fishing video (Drake Magazine).


"First Book" Contests (Poets & Writers' list of "debut book" contests for 2010).



George Washington Book Prize ($50,000 in 2011), for the most important new book about America's founding era. Co-sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.

Georgia Author of the Year Award, presented by the Georgia Writers Association (presenting its 47th awards in 2011).

Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Prizes for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and National Defense, two annual prizes in print journalism ($5,000 each) presented at the National Press Club.

German/​American Journalists Exchange Program, for broadcast or online journalists (sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

Gilder Lehrman National Book Prizes. The Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes for outstanding books in American History are among the most prestigious awards for history writing in the United States:
The Lincoln Book Prize ($50,000, awarded annually, in partnership with Gettysburg College) for the best book (the finest scholarly work in English) on Lincoln or the Civil War era. When submissions carry similar merit, preference is shown for work on Abraham Lincoln or the common soldier, or work that reaches a broad literate public.
The Frederick Douglass Book Prize ($25,000 awarded annually, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University) for an outstanding book about slavery or abolition.
The George Washington Book Prize ($50,000 awarded annually, in partnership with Washington College and Mount Vernon) for outstanding published works that contribute to a greater understanding of the life and career of George Washington and/​or the founding era.

Giller Prize. Scotiabank's Giller Prize is Canada's largest literary prize: $50,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the four other finalists.

"Everyone has a notion of what sells but nobody knows. Publishing is a guessing game. It begins with writers and agents trying to second-guess the zeitgeist, continues with publishers and editors trying to second-guess book chains, book clubs, book readers and book critics, and ends with literary juries trying to second-guess posterity. 'If we all tossed a coin, we’d get it right half the time. Since we rely on our judgment, we get it right less often.' I’m quoting Michael Korda from memory." ~ George Jonas, writing about Canada's Giller Prize, in Picking the next great novel is a guessing game (National Post, 11-13-10)

Glamour's "My Real-Life Story Essay Contest" ($5,000 plus publication in Glamour)

Glimmer Train Press holds contests for fiction, in these categories: Fiction Open, Family Matters, Very Short Fiction Award, Short Story award for new writers. Check the list of 25 winners and finalists for all Glimmer Train contests.

Global Ebook Awards (Dan Poynter -- "they come with a built-in publicity machine").

Golden Crown Literary Society ("Goldie") awards for the best lesbian literature

Goodreads Choice Awards (the only major book awards decided by readers -- granted in these categories: Fiction, mystery and fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, memoir & autobiography, history & biography, nonfiction, food & cookbooks, humor, graphic novels & comics, poetry, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy, middle grade & children's, and picture books)

Governor General's Literary Awards (Canada’s highest literary honor, with winners chosen in seven categories for books in both French and English). Each winner receives $25,000 (Canadian).

Grantham Prize for Reporting on the Environment($75,000, reportedly the largest cash prize for journalism in the world). Grantham Awards of Special Merit each carry a $5,000 cash prize. You can read entries from the website.


The GrubStreet National Book Prize ($5,000 to three rotating genres: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry--for a second, third, etc., but not first, book)

Gumshoe Awards (Mystery Ink's awards for crime fiction)

Hackney Literary Awards ($5,000 in prizes for poetry and short fiction--$2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250). The Morris Hackney family also sponsors a $5,000 prize for an unpublished novel.

Hammett Prize (International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch, for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, for a book published in the English language in the US and/​or Canada)

Hatchet Job of the Year Award (The Guardian's annual celebration of bookish snark)

The Haven Foundation: Supporting Freelance Artists in Need. Stephen King’s foundation provides aid (in amounts up to $25,000) to writers and artists who, through tragic events and no fault of their own, are unable to work.

Hemingway Foundation PEN Award for a first work of fiction by an American author ($10,000, and residencies), now administered by PEN/​New England.

Hillman Prizes in Journalism, prestigious journalism awards by the Sidney Hillman Foundation for books that illuminate the great issues of the day. See, for example, 2013 Hillman Prizes for book, magazine, newspaper, broadcast, Web, and photo- journalism, opinion and analysis. The Foundation also awards monthly Sidney Awards for an outstanding piece of socially conscious journalism. "We are looking for investigative work that fosters social and economic justice."

Historical fiction, awards for
James Fenimore Cooper Prize (chosen for its literary quality and historical scholarship, by The Society of American Historians, award $2,000 and a certificate)
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000, Canadian Children's Book Centre)
David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction ($1,000 honorarium, Langum Charitable Trust)
The Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction ($5,000, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, $5,000)
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction ($5,000)
Walter Scott Prize (this £25,000 award for historical fiction, sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, is awarded annually in June at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose)

Hurston/​Wright Legacy Award. The first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of black writers -- with prizes for the highest quality writing in the categories of fiction, debut fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Three President's Choice Awards are presented at the same annual event: the North Star Award (to individuals whose writing and/​or service to the writing community serves as a beacon of brilliant accomplishment and as an inspiration to others), the Madame C.J. Walker Award (to businesses that have shown exceptional innovation in supporting and sustaining Black literature), and the Ella Baker Award (for demonstrating exemplary support of the Hurston/​Wright Foundation as it strives to unlock the power of literature to strengthen, sustain and promote the diverse cultural life of all communities).

IABC Gold Quill Awards (global awards recognizing outstanding achievement in communication, sponsored by International Association of Business Communicators). A complex, expensive award submission process.

Idea Grants. National Association of Science Writers grants ($1,000 to $50,000)to individuals or groups for projects and programs designed to help science writers in their professional lives and/​or to benefit the field of science writing).

Ig Nobel Prizes. Administered by Improbable Research (research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK). Among award winners: The definite article: acknowledging ‘The’ in index entries, Glenda Browne's article in The Indexer, for her paper on the many ways "the" causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. Those qualified may join The Luxurious Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. See also Paul Krugman's 24/​7 lecture ("24 seconds of impenetrable jargon, followed by a 7-word explanation of your field").

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (Boyd Tonkin's story for The Independent, 7-12-14), for translated works by living authors first published in the UK during the preceding year. Supported by Arts Council England (along with Booktrust and Champagne Taittinger), the £10,000 reward is split equally between the original author and his or her translator. Tonkin's story makes this award's process sound more transparent than that for the Nobel, but I sure had trouble finding information about it. Another story: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014: Our long-list reveals a fictional eco-system of staggering diversity .

Independent Publisher Book Awards ("Ippie" awards)

Indexing, awards for
American Society for Indexing (links to American indexing awards)
ASI/​EIS Publishing Award(formerly ASI/​H.W. Wilson Award). Criteria for the award make a good checklist for indexing.
Awards: recognizing excellence in indexing (Society of Indexers links to U.S., British, and Australian awards)

"Indie" awards of various stripes


Awards that Indie and Self-Published Authors Can Apply to for 2013 (BiblioCrunch)
Independent Publisher Book Awards, the "Ippies" (open to authors and independent publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market)
Indie Book Awards (Next Generation Indie Book Awards, for indie book authors and publishers-- including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors)
Indies Choice Book Awards (ICBA), chosen by indie booksellers across U.S., in these categories: Best Indie Buzz Book (fiction), Best Conversation Starter (nonfiction), Best Author Discovery, Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (fiction), Best New Picture Book, Most Engaging Author.
IndieReader Discovery Awards (for self-published and independently published authors). See Writer Beware Award Alert
Book of the Year Awards (ForeWord Reviews)
Book Awards for Self-Published Authors (Joel Friedlander's list, The Book Designer). Listed if they accept self-published books--so listing is not necessarily an endorsement of the competition.
Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (for best independently published book)
See FAQ.
National Indie Excellence Awards (sponsored by book shepherd Ellen Reid)
Contest and Award Fakes (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America on how to spot scams, whether it's worth entering, questionable or fee-charging publishers, and contest mills--which make money on the front end, via entry fees)
Kirkus Prizes, $50,000 prizes for fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature, open to independently published works.
Contest scams and competitions to be wary about
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Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources reporting awards (The Frank Allen Field Reporting Award)
http:/​/​www.ijnr.org/​reporting-awards/​

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence-in-Writing Competition (with a focus on genealogy and family or local history)

International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award (a €100,000 literary award for a novel of high literary merit written in or translated into English -- an international cooperative library effort in which nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world). See rules and conditions.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) awards
Philip Meyer awards to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting, and social science research.
Golden Padlock Award, recognizing the most secretive publicly funded agency or person in the United States, for government at all levels, local to federal. A list of finalists will be announced in early June.

Ippies, the only New York area competition recognizing excellence among journalists, photographers, graphic artists, editors and publishers of the ethnic and community press, given by the New York Community Media Alliance. Different from the Ippy given by the Independent Book Publishers.

James Beard Foundation Book Awards. It appears individuals don't submit for this, but awards are presented for cookbooks in American Cooking, General Cooking, Baking and Dessert, Beverage, Cooking from a Professional Point of View, International, Writing and Literature, Photography, Reference and Scholarship, Single Subject. There are also awards in media and among professional chefs. You can download a list of recent winners on the website.

James Joyce Award (an overview on Wikipedia, of an award from the Literary and Historical Society (L&H) of University College Dublin (UCD), and not just to writers. Listen to this delightful acceptance speech by Brandon Stanton, photographer and blogger for Humans of New York.

James Tait Black Memorial Prizes . Britain's oldest literary awards. Two prizes, each of £10,000, are awarded annually by the University for the best work of fiction and the best biography written in English and published or co-published in the UK the previous year.The only awards of their kind to be presented by a university, they have an international reputation for recognizing excellence in biography and fiction.

Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Awards

Japan-U.S. Creative Artists Program 2012, residencies sponsored by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to live in Japan and pursue creative projects. A monthly stipend of 400,000 yen for living expenses, 100,000 yen a month as a housing supplement, and up to 100,000 yen a month for professional support services (totaling roughly $7,000 or enough to live on in Japan. Extremely competitive.

Robert F. Kennedy Book Award to the book which "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."

Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards celebrating excellence in investigative journalism on a wide spectrum of social justice issues. Judged by peers in the media, professionals and students are recognized in twelve domestic and international categories. There are also European and high school journalism awards.

Sophie Kerr Prize (half of the income from her bequest to Washington College, valued at $61,000 in 2014, is awarded to the graduating senior demonstrating the best potential for literary achievement, for both creative and critical writing.

Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Fellowships give mid-career journalists the time and training they need to learn to produce multimedia projects. See FAQ.

Kiriyama Prize for outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia

Kirkus Prize, a new prize. See FAQ andKirkus Announces 3 New $50,000 Prizes for Literature (Leslie Kaufman, NY Times, 5-28-14). A $50,000 prize for fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.

Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism (ended after 2011 awards)

Knight Community Information Challenge (grants to fill community information voids)

Knight Digital Media Center week-long boot camps in multimedia skills for traditional journalists at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California Berkeley.

Knight Foundation Funding Initiatives (to encourage journalism & media innovation, engaged communities, and fostering the arts)

Knight Foundation Grants to transform communities and journalism (John S. and James L. Knight)
Knight News Challenge
Knight Arts Challenge n South Florida, Philadelphia and Detroit, seeking ideas and innovation in the arts from nonprofits, companies and individuals
Knight Community Information Challenge (strengthening journalism, increasing government transparency) Inform. Educate. Engage.
Black Male Engagement

Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism , sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships and The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University. Brings journalists, researchers, scholars, and policy-makers together with public audiences to explore new ways to ensure that sophisticated environmental reporting thrives in the West. See The Crisis in Environmental Watchdog Journalism, report from Nov. 2010 symposium.

Knight International Journalism Awards (recognizing media professionals who demonstrate a passionate commitment to excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world--sponsored by the International Center for Journalists


Lambda Literary Awards, awarded to the finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature available in the United States. The “Lammy” is the most prestigious, competitive, and comprehensive literary award offered specifically to LGBT authors.

Lannan Literary Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to promoting cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity, supports lucrative literary awards and fellowships and
literary grants (supporting publishers and distributors, literary journals, residency programs, educational programs, and literary centers).

Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing ($15,000 for the best book of humour written by a Canadian and published in the current year; four runners-up receive cash prizes of $1,500).

Gilder Lehrman National Book Prizes. The Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Book Prizes for outstanding books in American History are among the most prestigious awards for history writing in the United States:
The Lincoln Book Prize ($50,000, awarded annually, in partnership with Gettysburg College) for the best book (the finest scholarly work in English) on Lincoln or the Civil War era. When submissions carry similar merit, preference is shown for work on Abraham Lincoln or the common soldier, or work that reaches a broad literate public.
The Frederick Douglass Book Prize ($25,000 awarded annually, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University) for an outstanding book about slavery or abolition.
The George Washington Book Prize ($50,000 awarded annually, in partnership with Washington College and Mount Vernon) for outstanding published works that contribute to a greater understanding of the life and career of George Washington and/​or the founding era.

Loeb Awards (also known as Gerald Loeb Awards for Business Journalism), considered "business journalism's highest honor."
Here are rules for entering, 2013 and winners since 1958 .

Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Prizes of $3,500 each to Virginia authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction (and, in the case of nonfiction, by any author about a Virginia subject), and for literary lifetime achievement.

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes in several categories: Biography, Current Interest, Fiction, First Fiction (Art Seidenbaum Award), Graphic Novel, History, Mystery/​Thriller, Poetry, Science & Technology, Young Adult Literature. There is also a Robert Kirsch Award and an Innovator's Award.

J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project, co-administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation:
• The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize (a $10,000 award) recognizes superb examples of nonfiction writing that exemplify literary grace, a commitment to serious research and social concern.
• The Mark Lynton History Prize ($10,000) is awarded to the book-length work of history, on any subject, that best combines intellectual or scholarly distinction with felicity of expression.
• The J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award ($30,000) is given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction.
Sponsored by the family of the late Mark Lynton, a historian and senior executive at the firm Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands.

Macavity Awards (Mystery Readers International, for best mysteries in four categories: best mystery novel, best first mystery, best mystery-related nonfiction, best mystery short story)

Man Asian Literary Prize (annual literary award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, written in English or translated into English--$30,000 USD to writer, $5,000 to translator, if any). Long list of 10-15 titles announced in October, shortlist in January, winner in March.

Man Booker Prize(s) (distinguished awards for contemporary fiction, to writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland). (I've listed this under both M and B!)

The Marfield Prize ($10,000, National Award for Arts Writing, given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. The prize "celebrates prose that is lucid, luminous, clear, and inspiring—writing that creates a strong connection with arts and artists." Or as one news story put it, "writing unburdened by academic jargon."

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is associated with various Mayborn contests and opportunities, including cash awards for the Mayborn Writing Competition for Reported Narrative, Personal Essay, and Book Manuscript. Mayborn has also introduced a Young Spurs Biography Contest to encourage young biographers.

Mayer Foundation Grants to “needy individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.”¯ Not exclusively focused on artists or writers, but they receive the majority of grants.

The McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize (Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD, for American writers only)


Medill-sponsored awards (Medill Northwestern University)
The Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism (to the individual or team of journalists, working for a U.S.-based media outlet, who best displayed moral, ethical or physical courage in the pursuit of a story or series)
John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (honors the best public interest magazine journalism of the previous year)
The Ida B. Wells Award (honors media executives whose actions demonstrate a commitment to a diverse newsroom or coverage of minorities in American journalism)

Mercantile Library Center for Fiction awards including the
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize ($10,000 for the best debut novel of the year, and $1,000 to shortlisted authors)
Maxwell E. Perkins Award (to an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of their career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction)
The Clifton Fadiman Medal ($5,000, to honor a book, by a living American author, which deserves renewed recognition and a wider readership.
Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism (devoted to the support and encouragement of emerging critics--two critics receive $5,000)

Minonline Editorial and Design Awards (media and pr professionals showcase their best communications initiatives). I stumbled on this award through this award winner for video: My Grandma's Tattoo (AARP Bulletin, 3 generations discover an indelible family anchor)

Montreal International Poetry Prize ($50,000 for one poem, in English). As reported by Poets&Writers, New Fifty-Thousand-Dollar Poetry Prize Has Global Ambitions (G&A, Prize Reporter, 4-4-11)


NAACP Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards (selected by the National Association of Government Communicators, for employees or contractors who have produced a communication product for a federal, military, state, regional, county, municipal, or other government entity). Many products and helpful evaluations for competitors,, and awards in more than 40 categories, including publications, media relations, photography, graphic design, video and multimedia, electronic communications, social media, and branding/​rebranding. The year I won for "best portfolio" they took the excellent photo (with purple background) that appears on my website. It's probably about time to use a more current photo.

National Academies Communication Awards. Four $20,000 cash prizes, through the Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), to those who best bring science, engineering, medicine, and interdisciplinary work to the public through books, newspapers, television, radio, films and online media (elsewhere on site it says "within and beyond the scientific community"). Site for nominations.

National Biography Award ($20,000, awarded annually, open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who have published a work of biography or autobiography, memoir)

National Book Awards (National Book Foundation, $10,000, prestigious awards in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature). See winners, alphabetical by genre (also showing former categories) and How the National Book Awards Work (guidelines are issue in April for that year's books). Winners are selected by five-member, independent judging panels for each genre.
In 2013, Women writers sweep National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' awards (USA Today story). National Book Awards Entry Rules & Guidelines.


National Book Critics Circle awards:
National Book Critics Circle awards for fiction, biography, poetry, criticism, general nonfiction, and autobiography
Frequently asked questions
Past NBCC award winners and finalists (first page of two or more)
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing (awarded only to a member of the National Book Critics Circle)
The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person - a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others - who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture. Past winners have included Dalkey Archive Press, Joyce Carol Oates, PEN American Center, Pauline Kael, Studs Terkel, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bill Henderson, John Leonard, Louis D. Rubin Jr., Jason Epstein, William Maxwell, Leslie A. Marchand, Robert Giroux, Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hardwick, and the Library of America.
John Leonard award (honoring an author's first--debut--book)

National Jewish Book Awards (Jewish Book Council), presented in more than 18 categories. Also, one nonfiction book is awarded the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award.

National Magazine Awards (American Society of Magazine Editors, ASME, in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism), honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction.

National Mature Media Awards (for the best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults 50 and older)

National Outdoor Awards for outstanding writing and publishing in 10 categories: history, literature, children, nature, natural history, instructional, adventure guidebook, nature guidebook, design, and outdoor classic. Sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University.


National Press Photographers Association competitions (by photojournalists, for photojournalists--for members only): Best of Photojournalism (for Photo Editing, Still Photography, Web Site, and TV News Video Photography and Editing); NPPA Solo Video Contest (for Photo Editors, TV Photographers, Solo Videojournalists, and TV Editors); Monthly News Clip Contests; and Monthly Multimedia Contest.

Nautilus Awards, for books & audiobooks for children and teens--books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change, that change the world or change lives; silver and gold awards for books that contribute to the fields of high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspiration)

Jesse H. Neal Awards (Association of Business Information & Media Companies, ABM). An array of awards, for Best Single Article, Best Subject Related Series of Articles, Best Subject-Related Package, Best Profile, Best Commentary, Best News Coverage, Best Technical Content, Best Instructional Content, Best Single Issue of a Magazine, Best Theme Issue of a Magazine or Newspaper, Best Website, Best Cross-Platform Package, Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/​Newspaper, Best Blog, Best Range of Work by a Single Author, Best Newsletter, Best Use of Video, Best Use of Mobile, Best Webcast, Best Use of Social Media, Best Media Brand (Overall Editorial Excellence). Major awards include G.D. Crain, Jr. Award (to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in the business media, $1000), Timothy White Award (recognizes exemplary leadership in the face of challenges and pressures that editors face daily, to an editor whose work displays extraordinary courage, integrity and passion), McAllister Editorial Fellowship and the McAllister Top Management Fellowship (awarded annually to an editor and an executive, respectively).

Nebula Awards for excellence in science fiction writing (Science Fiction Writers of America, SFWA). Entry guidelines here.


New Voices grants (a 2010 J-Lab program to seed innovative community news -- citizen media -- ventures in the U.S.)

New York Foundation for the Arts. An extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists (over 4,500 arts organizations, 3,600 award programs, 4,700 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists). NYFA also provides grants to small and medium-size organizations in New York state. Check out Grant Opportunities on the NYFA blog.

New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (these Australian literary prizes that range in value from $5,000 to $40,000)

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Nieman Foundation Awards:
Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism ($20,000) honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. These stories may involve state, local or national government, lobbyists or the press itself
Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers (one $10,000 award and two for $1000, to encourage fairness in news coverage by America's daily newspapers (the Taylor family published the Boston Globe).

NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. National Institute for Healthcare Management offers $10,000 prize to winners in each category: winner for Health Care Print Journalism Article or Series from General Circulation Publications and another from Trade Publications, plus a $10,000 award for excellence in television and radio reporting on health care issues and policy.

Nobel Prizes in Literature. Encylopedia Brittanica on the selection process (final deliberations being secret and highly nontransparent).

North American Travel Journalists Association awards, honoring the “best of the best” from travel media (writers, photographers, video journalists) and travel promotion submitted by travel journalists, travel magazines, public relations agencies and destination marketing organizations (DMOs/​CVBs)

Oklahoma Book Awards Books considered for this award must have an Oklahoma-based theme, or entrants (authors, illustrators, or designers) must live or have lived in Oklahoma. Categories: children/​young adult, design/​illustration, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Online Media Awards (somewhat British-oriented). Interesting categories: Chairman's award; online editor of the year; digital writer of the year; best site for news-led journalism; best specialist site for journalism; best local/​regional news site; best national news site; best campaigning/​investigative journalism; best commentary/​blogging; best video journalism; best designed site; best Twitter feed; best use of social media; best use of crowd sourcing or citizen journalism; best brand development; best commercial innovation.

Online journalism awards (six awards come with a total of $33,000 in prize money), administered by the Online News Association.

Orange Prize for Fiction (£30,000 prize, which celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world)

Oregon Book Awards

Orwell Prize, Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing -- with prizes for the book, the journalism, and (since 2009) the blog. See A brief history . Not to be confused with Orwellian Prize.

‘Orwellian Prize’ for inaccuracy awarded to the Daily Mail for “journalistic misrepresentation” (Craig Silverman, Poynter 1-30-12)

Overseas Press Club awards (22 awards, some of them sponsored). Learn who past recipients were.

Paddypower Political Book Awards for the very best in political writing and publishing. Appears to have expanded, to become the Paddy Power & Total Politics Political Book Awards Sponsored by Paddy Power, a leader in the UK and Ireland betting and gaming industry, and politicos.co.uk, an online political bookstore, according to Biographers International.

Page International Screenwriting Awards, second only to the Nicholl Fellowships, according to Mike Kuciak, who writes of it.

Paris Review prizes Winners are selected from the stories and poems published in The Paris Review each year.
• The Plimpton Prize for Fiction (an award of $10,000 given to a new voice published in The Paris Review, reflecting Plimpton's commitment to discovering new writers of exceptional merit).
• The Paris Review Hadada (presented each year to “a distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature)
• The Terry Southern Prize for Humor (recognizes humor, wit and sprezzatura as important qualities of good writing in general, especially writing online--in memory of Terry Southern, known for his uproarious fiction and journalism and such screenplays as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider)

Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism. Here are past winners and nomination criteria and forms.

Peabody Awards, the world's oldest annual honor in electronic media, especially for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. The Peabodys honor distinction and achievement in broadcast journalism, documentary film making, educational and children's programming, and entertainment. The Peabody was first awarded in 1941 for radio programs from 1940; TV awards were added in 1948 and awards for material distributed on the Web were introduced in the 1990s. Wikipedia lists Peabody Award winners by year. Administered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (Moment Magazine awards of $5000 to encourage young journalists to write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or another deeply ingrained prejudice.)

PEN American literary awards (those administered by PEN America) include:
PEN/​Nabokov Award ($20,000 biennially in even-numbered years). Honors a living author whose body of work, published in the United States, either written in or translated into English, represents achievement in a variety of literary genres, and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship
PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000). Honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
PEN/​Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (founded by Barbara Kingsolver, $25,000) awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.)
PEN/​W. G. Sebald Award for a Fiction Writer in Mid-Career ($10,000). Honors an author who has published at least 3 significant works of literary fiction, either novels or short story collections, with the promise of more to come.
Hemingway Foundation PEN Award for a first work of fiction by an American author ($10,000, and residencies) now administered by PEN/​New England.
Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000). Offered annually to an author of children's or young-adult fiction.
PEN/​E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000). To a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical and biological sciences.
PEN/​Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($5,000). To a book of essays that best exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form.
PEN/​ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Writing ($5,000). To a living writer for exceptional contributions to the field of literary sports writing.
PEN/​Steven Kroll Award Honoring the Author of an Illustrated Children’s Book ($5,000). To an American or U.S.-based writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book.
PEN Emerging Writers Awards ($2500), to two promising writers — one fiction writer, one nonfiction writer--at a crucial early moment in their careers
PEN/​Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000 to the best author of a distinguished biography published in the United States)
PEN/​Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000) to the author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues, published in the United States in the previous two years.
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000). To an author of color who has not received wide media coverage.
PEN/​Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry ($5,000). To a new and emerging American poet of any age showing promise of further literary achievement. Alternates with the PEN/​Voelcker Award for Poetry. given to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) Recognizes book-length translations of poetry from any language into English published during the current year.
See also English PEN awards.

PEN/​Faulkner Foundation awards. Awards administered by the foundation:
PEN/​Faulkner Award for Fiction ($15,000 to winner, $5,000 to finalists). Honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year
PEN/​Malamud Award ($5,000). To honor excellence in the art of the short story.

PEN Writers Emergency Fund, plus a list of additional resources for writers (including emergency funds, crisis advice and advocacy, health insurance, government programs, emergency shelter and food provisions)
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PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency (a seven-month residency, stipend $5,000, in southwest Oregon's back country (competition open to poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers)

PEN/​New England's Hemingway Foundation PEN Award for a first work of fiction by an American author.

Pen-Oakland Literary Awards. The "Blue-Collar" PEN issues the Josephine Miles Award (to honor writers of exceptional works often not acknowledged by the mainstream literary community), a Literary Censorship Award (honoring authors of literature of conscience who may have suffered censorship, efforts to discredit or failure to distribute/​review their work based on philosophical or cultural content), and the Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards described generally in NY Times Bay Area blog entry, The ‘Blue-Collar’ PEN Awards (Felicity Barringer, 12-4-09).

Pen Translation Fund grants (to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English)

Maxwell E. Perkins Award, to honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States (presented by the Center for Fiction, Mercantile Library, NYC, in honor of Perkins, one of the publishing industry's most important editors).

Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards . Phi Beta Kappa issues three awards: Christian Gauss Award, for a work of literary scholarship or criticism (to be eligible, a literary biography must have a predominantly critical emphasis); Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, for “scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity" (biographies of public figures may be eligible if their primary critical emphasis is on the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity); and the Phi Beta Kappa Science award, for outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. Each award carries a $10,000 prize.

Plutarch Award for best biography of the year, as chosen by fellow biographers (Biographers International Organization, award launched in 2013).


Poets & Writers funding for readings/​workshops

Posen Foundation's international fellowship in Jewish fiction writing and scholarship. To be eligible for this new $40,000 fellowship, writers must be at work on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection, and should not yet have published their first book. Also eligible: doctoral students writing their dissertations on subjects related to modern Jewish history and culture.

Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing ($100,000)

Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia, for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, Australian history, YA fiction, children's fiction). Up to $100 000 is awarded in each category—$80 000 for the winning entry and $5,000 each for a maximum of four shortlisted entries. All prizes are tax-free. See entry guidelines.

Prix Italia (prestigious international competition, with awards for excellence in radio, TV and Web programs (drama, documentaries, music and performing arts)

Project Report (a contest for nonprofessional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told, shown as short video journalism on YouTube, sponsored by the Pulitzer Center and Sony)

Pulitzer Prizes.The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. Prizes of $10,000 are awarded to twenty winners, and one gold medal is awarded to a newspaper (though an individual may be named). Prizes in Letters are for books published in the United States: fiction, biography, general nonfiction, history, and poetry.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project. Our ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video. Our definition of "crisis" is broad. We see great value in covering the too often under-reported systemic level crises, from environmental issues and struggles for resources or human rights abuses, to post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. We are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without our support.) Check out Untold Stories: Dispatches from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award (Sigma Delta Chi Foundation), honoring a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Honorees do not have to be journalists.

PUMA Creative Catalyst Award (PUMA and BRITDOC, for an international documentary filmmaker with a story to tell, but not necessarily the resources to do it -- developed to give filmmakers the funds to develop trailers for their films). Apply at BRITDOC. See finalist trailers.

Purpose Prize (Encore.org, second acts for the greater good). Purpose: To invest in people over 60 who are changing the world. Prize: $100,000 awards to advance their work. See what’s possible in the second half of life by learning more about how previous Purpose Prize winners, all in their encore careers, solve critical problems in education, health care, the environment and more. (Not just for writers, but one writer friend just won one, so I list it here.)

Pushcart Prize Series (best of the small presses, anthology published annually since 1976)

Rachel Carson Environment Book Award (Society of Environmental Journalists, SPJ)

Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest. Intergenerational teams of two or more compete in a poetry, essay, photography and dance contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." Co-sponsored by EPA, Generations United, The Dance Exchange, National Center for Creative Aging, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc.,

Radio/​Media Awards Directory (AIR wiki, Association of Independents in Radio)

RBC Taylor Prize for excellence in literary nonfiction, $25,000 to the Canadian author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception ($2,000 to runners up).

Reading the West Book Awards (sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, honoring adult and children’s titles that exemplify the best in writing and/​or illustrations whose subject matter is set in the region or invokes the spirit of the region--awarded in several categories)

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4 through 8 in participating Illinois schools)

Reynolds Center Awards and Scholarships

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize (for a book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction -- award: $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press)

Rita Awards (Romance Writers of America), awards for outstanding published romance novels and novellas -- a huge contest with many competitors, plus several other awards.

Romance writing workshops, conferences, and writing contests (Once Upon a Romance site)

Robinson Prize (every year the American Copy Editors Society honors one copy editor whose work demonstrates exceptional effectiveness with $3,000, a plaque, and national recognition)

Rowley Prize for Best Proposal for First Biography to be Awarded at Compleat Biographer Conference in 2014 (honoring Hazel Rowley)

Royal Society book prizes (UK, $$$) include the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, celebrating the best in popular science writing (authors of six shortlisted books each receive £1,000 and the winner receives £10,000) and the Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize, celebrating the best books that communicate science to young people (authors of six shortlisted books each receive £1,000 and the winner receives £10,000). The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books were named the Rhōne-Poulenc Prizes for Science Books from 1990 to 2000, and the Aventis Prizes for Science Books from 2001 to 2006.

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize ($100,000 annually). This prestigious award honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition (administered by the Poetry Foundation).

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature ($100,000 to an emerging writer whose work has demonstrated a fresh vision and evidence of further growth, for a book of literary merit that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern. Fiction and nonfiction books are considered in alternate years. Administered through Jewish Book Council.

Sarton Memoir Award (Story Circle Network, to the author of the best woman's memoir published in the United States and Canada and selected by a panel of professional librarians)

St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Awards ($2500, to encourage artists early in their career--supporting well-defined endeavors such as finishing a commissioned score, preparing works for an exhibition, traveling for arts research, or completing a piece of writing) and Distinguished Artist Award ($5,000 to an artist--in music, literature, or visual arts--who has demonstrated outstanding talent and an exceptional diversity of accomplishment--and are recognized for their contributions as teachers, mentors, or advocates)

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) are offering An Investigative Reporting Partnership (AIR, Feb./​March 2012) ." The Schuster Institute is an investigative reporting center housed at Brandeis University outside Boston, with a focus on social justice and human rights issues. FIJ grants money ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 to freelance reporters. Together they're offering something, but I couldn't find where you apply. Try this release and FIJ's grant application page.

Science in Society Journalism Awards (National Association of Science Writers, or NASW). NASW also co-sponsors, with the National Press Foundation, the Ev Clark/​Seth Payne Award for Young Journalists ($1,000 to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The award also pays recipient's expenses to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the New Horizons briefing of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) in October)

Screenwriting Contests, Directory (MovieBytes), which can be viewed through different filters. Particularly useful may be Most Significant Screenwriting Contests (user-ranked through MovieBytes "Report Card" system) Check out the Comments on each contest. See also Choosing the Best Scriptwriting Contest for You (FilmScripting.Com). And seeInternational Screenwriters' Association (ISA) rolling list of competitions.

Scribes Awards for legal writing (The American Society of Legal Writers)

Scripps Howard Awards in Journalism (worth a total of $180,000 and trophies), in 2014 included the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Investigative Reporting ($20,000), the Roy H. Howard Award for Public Service Reporting ($10,000), Distinguished Service to the First Amendment ($10,000), Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Storytelling ($10,000), the Digital Innovation Award ($10,000), Jack R. Howard Award for Television/​Cable In-Depth Local Coverage ($10,000), Jack R. Howard Award for Television/​Cable In-Depth National and International Coverage ($10,000), the Jack R. Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Coverage ($10,000), the Breaking News Award ($10,000), the Community Journalism Award ($10,000), the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting ($10,000), the William Brewster Styles Award for Business/​Economics Reporting ($10,000), the Walker Stone Award for Editorial Writing ($10,000), the Photojournalism Award ($10.000, the Charles E. Scripps Administrator of the Year Award ($10,000), and the Charles E. Scripps Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award ($10,000). See more details here for 2014.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, $20,000 cash, $80,000 in prizes for TV and movie screenwriting

Scripter Awards (given to both author and screenwriter for the best adaptation of the printed word into film, by the University of Southern California in support of USC Libraries). "Dozens of cinematic adaptations are eligible each calendar year for the Scripter Award. " See past winners .

Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing ($25,000 for the winner, $2500 for finalists), awarded annually by Writers' Trust of Canada to a nonfiction book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers and enhances our understanding of the issue.

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Short story prizes


Agatha Awards (includes Malice Domestic's aware for mystery short stories)
American Short Fiction contest
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, AWP Award Series includes the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction ($5,500). See Guidelines.
BBC National Short Story Award . Prestigious award for the very best short stories from British writers--worth £15,000 for the winner for a single short story, £3,000 for the runner-up, and £500 each for three further shortlisted authors.
Best American Short Stories (anthology published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Commonwealth Short Story Prize (unearths, develops and promotes the best new fiction from across the British Commonwealth--writers from Nigeria, Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK,m and other parts of the Commonwealth). Regional winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. Regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. In 2014 the organization will stop offering a book prize and concentrate on the short story--see eligibility and entry rules.
Drue Heinz Literature Prize ($15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press for a collection of short fiction)
Gemini Magazine short story contest (award of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine)
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (€25,000, the world's most lucrative award for a single short-story collection -- see Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars (Alison Flood, The Guardian, 5-31-13). See also Submission Guidelines.
Giller Prize. Scotiabank's Giller Prize is Canada's largest literary prize: $50,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the four other finalists.
• Glimmer Train Press holds contests for fiction, in these categories: Fiction Open, Family Matters, Very Short Fiction Award, Short Story award for new writers. Check the list of 25 winners and finalists for all Glimmer Train contests.
Hackney Literary Awards ($5,000 in prizes for poetry and short fiction--$2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250).
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, $1500 for first place winner, $500 each for second and third place. See Guidelines.
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Short Story (Mystery Readers International)
Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction ($1500 and publication in Colorado Review, for a short story).
Orlando Prizes (AROHO, A Room of Her Own Foundation), for four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The Los Angeles Review awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers.
PEN/​Malamud Award ($5,000). To honor excellence in the art of the short story.
PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize awards a cash stipend of $25,000 to an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work -- a first novel or collection of short stories published in the award year -- represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
Posen Foundation's international fellowship in Jewish fiction writing and scholarship. To be eligible for this new $40,000 fellowship, writers must be at work on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection, and should not yet have published their first book.
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest ($1500, from Carve Magazine). See Q&As with winners.
Rea Award for the Short Story ($30,000 to a living American or Canadian writer whose work has made a “significant contribution to the discipline of the short story form.” Sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation.
The Story Prize (an annual book award, including $20,000, for the best short story collections written in English and published in the U.S. during a calendar year). Here's the Story Prize website.
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (UK). The largest award for a single short story in the world: £30,000 for the winning story, £1,000 for five other shortlisted writers. Poets & Writers reports that U.S. writer wins big for Detroit story. American author Jonathan Doerr won for his second collection, Memory Wall (see Q&A with Doerr on Amazon site.
Tennesee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, $1,500 for a work of fiction of less than 7,000 words, from a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction.
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition (in less than 1,500 words), worth $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and a trip to its conference.
Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest
David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction ($1,000 for a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories, with publication in Southwest Review, sponsor of the competition).
Deadlines for writing competitions, by month (About.com, fiction writing)
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Shorty Awards (honoring the best in social media), in MANY categories! Catch up through the Shorty Awards blog.

Ann M. Sperber Biography Award (for exceptional achievement in writing and research in a biography about a person in the field of journalism or media studies). Submit seven copies.

Sydney Taylor Book Award for outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Society of Children's Book Writers & Publishers (SCBWI) awards and grants. Five annual awards: the Golden Kite Awards, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Magazine Merit Awards, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, and the Portfolio Award. See deadlines for grants and awards (and links to more information about specific grants and awards).

Society for History in the Federal Government awards. Six annual prizes for historical publication and work furthering the understanding and history of the federal government:
--Henry Adams Prize (for an outstanding major publication on the history of the federal government)
--George Pendleton Prize (for an outstanding major publication produced for or by a federal history program);
--James Madison Prize (for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the history of the federal government);
--Charles Thomson Prizes (for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the history of the federal government written in or for a federal history program);
--Thomas Jefferson Prize (Documentary Edition or Research Aid), excellence in documentary editions and research tools within the previous two calendar years
--John Wesley Powell Prize (commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display)

Society for Technical Communications (STC) awards (worth entering for the evaluations alone)

Society of Environmental Journalists annual awards for reporting on the environment

Soros Aftermath Project Grant. A Documentary Photography Project grantee, a nonprofit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict—the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. (I'm not sure who does what here, but check it out.)

Soros (Justice) Media Fellowships

Sperber Biography Award for biography or autobiography of a media professional (Fordham University Department of Communications and Media Studies)

Spur Awards for distinguished writing about the American West, Western Writers of America.

Student Stowe Prizes high school ($1,000) and college students ($2,500) who write for social justice and positive change (Harriet Beecher Stowe Center)

Sundance Film Festival

Punch Sulzberger News Media Executive Leadership Program

Telly Awards (honoring the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, & cable TV commercials and programs)

Theatre Book Prize ( £400 to the author, from the Society for Theatre Research for a book in English, of original research into any aspect of the history and technique of the British theatre, but not restricted only to authors of British nationality nor to books solely from British publishers--

Thoth Awards (Public Relations Society of America, National Capital Chapter, recognizes outstanding public relations in the capital area, in 50 categories)

The Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting , awarded annually (along with $5,000) by the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University for the best national or local political reporting of the previous year in any medium or on any platform – print, broadcast or online.

To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize (prize $1000 plus publication by Red Hen Press, awarded for the best unpublished poetry collection by a woman)

The PublishingTriangle Awards ( the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting; and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement)

UK Writing Competitions (Prizemagic)

The U.S.A. Songwriting Competition ($50,000 in cash and merchandise, honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere, regardless of nationality or country origin)

Wag's Review (awards of $1,000 to $100 for top prizes, plus publication, weighed against $20 entry fee per item of poetry, essay, or fiction).

Washington Book Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Competition (recognizes, celebrates, and encourages excellence in bookmaking across the greater Washington, D.C., book publishing community--publisher must be located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia)

The Webby Awards, an international award honoring excellence on the Internet -- for over 100+ Website, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile & App categories -- presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Two honors are presented in every category: The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award. This is different from the next listing:

Weblog awards for 2011 (Bloggies) and for 2012 the URL is http:/​/​2012.bloggi.es/​

Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize ($10,000 annual prize to a poet with strong connections to central Virginia).

Wellcome Trust Book Prize (£25 000 award each year for the finest fiction or nonfiction book centered on medicine, and published by a U.K publisher)

Western Writers of America (Literature of the West for the world)
Spur Awards categories: Best Western traditional, contemporary, first, nonfiction-historical (to 1940), nonfiction-historical (1940 and after), nonfiction-biography, short fiction, short nonfiction, juvenile fiction, juvenile nonfiction, drama script (fiction), documentary script (nonfiction), storyteller (for best children’s picture book less than 3,000 words), poem, or song. Plus the Lariat award to honor a company or individual who has shown exceptional support for WWA and for the literature of the West.
The Owen Wister Award, for Lifetime Achievement in Western history and literature. The Saddleman award, also a lifetime achievement award, may go to a writer or nonwriter (such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood).

Whitbread Book Awards, now Costa Book Awards. See entry there.

Whiting Writers' Awards ($50,000 each, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays, based on accomplishment and promise). Sponsored by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. See Wikipedia's list of prizewinners.

Willa Awards (for outstanding literature featuring women's stories set in the West: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, creative nonfiction, scholarly nonfiction, poetry, original softcover fiction (trade or mass market), and children's and young adult fiction and nonfiction)

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, announced during Comic-Con International

William E. Colby Military Writers Award , which comes with , goes to a first work of fiction or nonfiction that makes a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs. A $5,000 honorarium, acurrently administered by the Tawani Foundation in Chicago, is presented at the annual William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium hosted by Norwich University.

Witter Byner Foundation for Poetry. Grants from $1000 to $10,000 for organizations and, though Poet Laureate and Library of Congress, for individual poets.

Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction (now officially the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction - the UK's only literary prize for comic writing). In 2011 an American captured the prize: Gary Shteyngart (Washington Post profile by Neely Tucker).

Wolfson History Prizes, worth £25,000 (about $39,000), given annually for two or three exceptional works published during the year, with an occasional oeuvre prize (a general award for an individual's distinguished contribution to the writing of history). Awarded to a book published in the United Kingdom within the current calendar year by an author who is a British subject at the time the award is made and who normally resides in the UK. (Presented by ritain’s Wolfson Foundation

WonderMark Awards are given for documents that are the opposite of plain language, that are hard to understand, much less use. This is "your chance to tell the world what’s not plain. Forms, signage, websites. Disclaimers, instructions, legal documents. All the things you encounter in daily life." Nominate them! The winner for 2010: the I-94 Form, the document visitors from other countries must fill out when they come to the U.S. Here's How to submit a WonderMark nomination.

Writers' Conferences & Centers (a searchable, member-based international directory, for which listings are available to the public, apparently run by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) You can also search for Writing Programs.
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Writers colonies (aka residencies, communities, retreats)


Writers' Colonies, directory of (with links)
Directory of Writers' Colonies John Hewitt, PoeWar) Names, addresses, and phone numbers--no URLs or email addresses.
20 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year by Alexis Grant (The Write Life, 9-8-14)
Alliance of Artists Communities
Residencies (Alliance of Artists Communities) "Two weeks in the south of France to edit a book of poetry. Three months in a mill building in Massachusetts to work on a film. A year in the mountains to sculpt. A semester in Taiwan to compose. With 100s of residency programs worldwide, the choice is up to you."
Writers' Residences and Colonies (AgentQuery.com)
Colonies, Conferences, & Festivals (Poetry Society of America's extensive links)

What I Did at Summer Writers’ Camp (Rachel Donadio, NY Times Book Review, 8-20-08)
6 Insider Tips for Finding and Applying to Writers’ Colonies (Brian Klems, Writer's Digest 1-14-14)
All About Writers Colonies (Nova Ren Suma)
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Writer's Digest writing competitions:
Annual Writer's Digest Competition in ten categories: Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/​Religious), Memoirs/​Personal Essay, Magazine Feature Article, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.), Mainstream/​Literary Short Story, Rhyming Poetry, Non-rhyming Poetry, Stage Play, Television/​Movie Script, Children's/​Young Adult Fiction
Poetry Awards
Self-Published Book Awards
Short Short Story Competition
Your Story (a short story of 750 words or few, based on a writing prompt--every other month--see Your Story winners here

The Writers Guild Awards (Adapted and Original Screenplay, Drama, Comedy and New TV Series, TV-Radio Writing Award Script, Paul Selvin Award, Documentary Screenplay Award, New Media Writing Awards, Videogame Writing Award)

Writers' Trust of Canada presents 10 annual prizes to writers at various stages of their careers working in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's literature. In total, winners receive $196,000, finalists receive $43,000, and an additional $60,150 is given to jurors. Awards (in Canadian dollars) include
Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction (winner, $60,000; finalists, $5,000).
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (winner, $25,000; finalists, $2,500)
Writers’ Trust Engel/​Findley Award (Winner, $25,000)
Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People (winner, $20,000)
Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life (winner, $20,000)
Writers’ Trust of Canada/​McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize (winner, $10,000; finalists, $1,000)
Writers’ Trust Distinguished Contribution Award
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing (winner, $25,000; finalists, $2,500)
RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers (winners, $5,000; finalists, $1,000)
Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers (winner, $4,000)

Writer's Digest writing competitions:
Annual Writer's Digest Competition in ten categories: Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/​Religious), Memoirs/​Personal Essay, Magazine Feature Article, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.), Mainstream/​Literary Short Story, Rhyming Poetry, Non-rhyming Poetry, Stage Play, Television/​Movie Script, Children's/​Young Adult Fiction
Poetry Awards
Self-Published Book Awards
Short Short Story Competition
Your Story (a short story of 750 words or few, based on a writing prompt--every other month--see Your Story winners here

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Getting Funded:
Grant proposal writing (organizations, workshops, guides)


Links to Some Grant-Funding Resources
Women Arts Funding Lists
Radio/​Media Fellowships and Grants Directory (AIR wiki, Association of Independents in Radio)
Foundation Center. A key source of information about philanthropy and private funding sources worldwide, with a comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector). Library/​learning centers in five locations (New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Cleveland; and San Francisco) offer free access to information resources and educational programs. Online database includes specialized data collections, such as Funding for People with Disabilities: A Resource List and full-day classroom courses on proposal writing.
Grantseeking for Individuals and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online(Foundation Center).
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (a government-wide compendium of federal programs, projects, services, and activities--including an exhaustive range of federal grant sources).
Grants Information for Constituents (CRS Report for Congress, Congressional Research Service, 1-3-05, PDF)
NYFA SourceNew York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA),an extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists, with listings for over 4,500 arts organizations, 3,600 award programs, 4,700 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the country.
Grants & Awards. The PEN guide, formerly a book, is now an online database to which you can subscribe ($10 for members, $12 for non-members)
Newswise Journalism Grants & Fellowships Calendar (you may have to sign in)
Newswise Guide to Journalism Grants and Fellowships (2006-2007)
Grant Resources and Tutorials (Karen Chase, with entries geared to professional storytelling)
Rural Health Services Funding (National Agricultural Library)
Capital Assistance Funding (probably irrelevant, but scan for clues...)
Mira's List (semi-suspended, but the old posts are still there--on grants, fellowships, residencies, and resources)


Workshops and other resources on grant proposal writing
Proposal Writing Short Course (Online, Foundation Center) -- excellent quicky guide; the Foundation Center offers a number of online training courses to heop you learn to write grant proposals.
American Grant Writers' Association (AGWA) (offers a grant-writing workshop, review, and exam for certification and online courses)
Associated Grant Makers Common Proposal Form
Getting Your First Freelance Grant Writing Assignment (Waddy Thompson). See links along right side to helpful articles about grant writing, including Writing a Proposal They Will Want to Read and Thompson's blog, Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Common proposal forms (Foundation Center)
Grant Professionals Association (GPA) (formerly American Association of Grant Professionals, AAGP)
Non-profit guides (grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations)

Useful links on applying for grant funding
All About Grants (helpful tutorials from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases)
About the Center for Scientific Review (helpful information about CSR, the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit)
Annotated Grant Proposal (AuthorAID provides a grant application/​proposal with notes on it that identify various strengths, for developing country researchers, PDF)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
The Chronicle of Philanthropy (type "grant seeking" into the search window and you'll find helpful articles)
The Foundation Center (site map for an invaluable resource--see, for example, webinars and online training about grantseeking etc.)
Glossary & Acronym List for NIH grants
Grant Professionals Association (GPA, formerly American Association of Grant Professionals)
Grant Proposal Writing Tips (Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
Grant Writing Tips Sheets (NIH Office of Extramural Research), includes podcasts
Grant-writing tools for nonprofit organizations (Non-profit guides)
NIH Forms & Applications
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Information about Requests for Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs), Recent Notices, Inactive and Active Announcements
Proposal Preparation Checklist (Deborah Kluge, Proposal Writing, Government Contracting)
Proposals and bids: Put the price on page one. In bold. (Walt Kania, The Freelancery, 3-27-12)
Resources For Individual Grantseekers: A Bibliography (compiled by Katrina Brown, on site of Foundation Center)
Resources for Writing and Editing Grant Proposals (Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, KOK Edit, 1-26-11)
Vanderbilt University Tools for Grant Writign
What Grantmakers Want Applicants to Know (Guidestar, July 2003)

A few books on grant proposal writing and fundraising
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The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing by Jane C. Geever
Fundraising for Social Change, ed Kim Klein
Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals by Mary S. Hall and Susan Howlett
Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age by Victoria Mikelonis, Signe T. Betsinger, and Constance E. Kampf
Grantwriting Beyond the Basics: Proven Strategies Professionals Use to Make Their Proposals Work, Book 1 by Michael K. Wells
Grant Writing For Dummies by Beverly A. Browning
Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Grantseeking
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox
Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl A. Clarke
Winning Grants Step by Step by Mim Carlson, Tori O'Neal-McElrath, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Writing for a Good Cause: The Complete Guide to Crafting Proposals and Other Persuasive Pieces for Nonprofits by Joseph Barbato and Danielle Furlich
Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Websites, organizations, and other resources

A GREAT READ
Blog roll, too
and communities of book lovers
Best reads and most "discussable"
Fact-finding, fact-checking, conversion tables, and news and info resources
Recommended reading
long-form journalism, e-singles, online aggregators
BOOK AND MAGAZINE PUBLISHING
New, used, and rare books, Amazon.com and elsewhere
Blogs, social media, podcasts, ezines, survey tools and online games
How much to charge and so on (for creative entrepreneurs)
And finding freelance gigs
Blogs, video promotion, intelligent radio programs
See also Self-Publishing
Indie publishing, digital publishing, POD, how-to sources
Includes original text by Sarah Wernick
WRITERS AND CREATORS
Multimedia, cartoons, maps, charts and so on
Plus contests, other sources of funds for creators
Copywriting, speechwriting, marketing, training, and writing for government
Literary and commercial (including genre)
Writing, reporting, multimedia, equipment, software
Translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers
including essays and academic writing
Groups for writers who specialize in animals, children's books, food, gardens, family history, resumes, sports, travel, Webwriting, and wine (etc.)
Writers on offices, standing desks, rejection, procrastination, and other features of the writing life
ETHICS, RIGHTS, AND OTHER ISSUES
Contracts, reversion of rights, Google Books settlement
Plus privacy, plagiarism, libel, media watchdogs, FOIA, protection for whistleblowers
EDITORS AND EDITING
And views on the author-editor relationship