Book Award Deadlines January and February

08 Jan


There are many benefits for authors to participate in writing contests and awards:

  • The award website posts usually a list of participating books and names of authors
  • It gives you a great opportunity to talk on social media & on your blog or website about your partizipation
  • Some contests even seek votes publicly over the internet let additionally to the jury
  • Literary awards such as Dzanc Books/Guernica have very attractive prizes, such as travel to Europe and a scholarship

If you win or be short-listed in an award you certainly can use this fact to advertise for and print it on your books cover, or even place a badge on it and on any promotional material, including your website or blog, casting a positive light on your book.

Eco Arts Awards
An ecologically themed arts competition. The literature category accepts poetry, essays, novellas, short stories, and well developed blog posts. Maximum no more than 5,000 words.
Awards: $1000 for first place, plus gifts for 2nd and 3rd place.
Entry fee: $30. Deadline: January 15, 2013.

The Dzanc Books/Guernica Intl Literature Award
is granted yearly to the best fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Any work with a global bent is welcome. Awards: The winning piece will be published in Guernica, one of the best literary and cultural magazines on the web, and the winner will receive a full scholarship (airfare, tuition and lodgings) to the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, to take place June 30 – July 12 2013. Finalists and other select entrants will be offered partial scholarships.
Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

Fourth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest
Accepted themes: Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, or Stillness. Awards: $175, $125, $75. Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website, the Spirit First blog, and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).
NO entry fee. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

2013 Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest for fiction
Short story or novel excerpt, nonfiction: maximum 15 pages, poetry up to 3 poems per entry. Awards: Publication plus expense-paid packages to attend programs in Vilnius, Lithuania (summer 2013) or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December). Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 28, 2013.

Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition
Nonfiction – published & unpublished; Fiction – Short Story & Novel Chapter; Children’s Literature; Poetry. Awards: $100, $75, $50.
Entry fee: $3–$20.
Deadline: March 15, 2014.

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize
Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length 4,000 words. Awards: 1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card; £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card; 17 further prizes of £100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books magazine. Entry fee is £8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Third Annual Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards
For e-books released during 2011, 2012, or 2013 in more than 95 categories. The “Guru” of self-publishing (real self-publishing that is) started this award and is for sure a fountain of promotional opportunities. Accepting entries from e-book authors and publishers.Award: Multiple publicity opportunities. Entry fee: $79;
Deadline: April 30, 2013.

More writing contests and awards can be found at Canadian Authors Organization and Creative Writing Contests.  As always:  Read the fine print before you submit!

When entering a writing contest, you gain experience, and you get feedback on your writing. It boosts your self-confidence, which in turn encourages you to write more.  Good luck to all of you!




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2 responses to “Book Award Deadlines January and February

  1. Patrick Jones

    January 9, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Reblogged this on The Linden Chronicles and commented:
    Great information!

  2. L.A. Wilson

    March 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Dan Poynter’s Annual global ebook awards? I’m confused by this inclusion; why? I entered this comp a few years ago. My book was runner up in the historical fiction genre category. What did I get for that? Nothing. Nothing but a JPEG image, that more or less advertised the award. My name and the name of my book wasn’t even mentioned on the ‘award’ sticker, and a few months later, I received an email asking me to PAY, that is, BUY a copy of an award certificate for my book. No author who enters a writing competition and then receives a winning/runners up placing should ever have to buy their award certificate; you shouldn’t have to pay for anything after paying the entry fee, which was very expensive at $50 a book. All I got out of that so-called award was a single review of my book. Big deal; I will never enter that competition again.


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