The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Genre: Television Screenwriting
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Prize: $2,500 USD, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November
Description: Each year, The International Academy of Television Arts & Science Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.
Website: https://www.iemmys.tv/ustinov.aspx

 

Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Genre: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 15, 2020 for books published between May 20, 2020 and September 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $60,000; finalists will each receive $5,000
Description: The grand prize will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between May 20, 2020 and September 30, 2020 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Website: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

 

2020 Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 15, 2020 for books published between October 21, 2019 and September 30, 2020
Prize: First prize of $50,000; finalists will each receive $5,000
Description: The grand prize will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between October 21, 2019 and September 30, 2020 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Website: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Rogers-Writers–Trust-Fiction-Prize/PrizeHistoryandGuidelines/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

 

Vallum Award for Poetry 2020

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $25 for Canadian entries and $25 USD for US and international entries, per submission of up to three poems (includes a one-year subscription to Vallum)
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Prize: First prize of $750; second prize of $250
Description: Poems may be on any theme or subject but must be unpublished and a maximum of 60 lines each.
Website: http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html 

 

Brooklin Poetry Society 3rd Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: $10 for three poems and $3 for for each subsequent poem, up to a maximum of six
Deadline: July 30, 2020 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of $100; second prize of $75; third prize of $50; all winners and honourable mentions will be published on the Brooklin Poetry Society website in Fall 2020
Description: Awarded by the The Ontario Poetry Society. Canadian poets are invited to submit up to six unpublished poems. This year’s theme is borrowed from the League of Canadian Poets’, A World of Poetry. Maximum poem length of 80 lines.
Website: https://brooklinpoetrysociety.com/contests/3rd-annual-poetry-contest/

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Genre: Poetry
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Prize: Winners receive a range of prizes, including membership in The Poetry Society, a stack of poetry goodies, and attendance at a one-week intensive residential Arvon course to develop creative writing skills alongside fellow poets
Description: Open to everyone aged between 11-17 on July 31, 2020. Poems can be of any length and on any theme but must be the original work of the author and must be in English. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has been an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career since it was founded in 1998. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year across from the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.
Website: https://foyleyoungpoets.org/about/

 

Polar Expressions Publishing 2020 National Poetry Contest and 2020 National Short Story Contest

Genre: Poetry and Short Story
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Prize: Over $3,500 will be awarded in cash and other prizes
Description: Annual contests held each summer by Polar Expressions Publishing and open to Canadian residents and citizens of all ages. There is one division for 16 and over, and a separate division for 15 and under. Poems must be 48 lines or less. Short stories must be 750 words or less.
Website: http://polarexpressions.ca/SummerContests.html

 

Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition 2020

Genre: Short Story
Entry Fee: €18 per story
Deadline: July 31, 2020 at 12:00 am
Prize: First prize of €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat; second prize of €500; four runners-up will receive €250; all winners receive publication in Southword 38
Description: Open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.
Website: http://munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

 

The PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Contest

Genre: Creative Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for international entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Prism Magazine), plus $5 for each additional entry
Deadline: 2020 deadline not yet posted
Prize: Grand prize of $1,500; runner-up prize of $600; second runner-up prize of $400
Description: 4,000 maximum word count per piece. Entries must be unpublished in print or online.
Website: https://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

 

John Glassco Translation Prize

Genre: Book-length translation (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama or children’s literature)
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2020 deadline not yet posted
Prize: $1,000 and a one-year membership to Literary Translator’s Association of Canada
Description: The work submitted must be the translator’s or co-translator’s first book-length translation published by a recognized publishing house. The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. The prize will be awarded on September 21, 2019 in Montreal.

 

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Genre: Political Writing
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: 2020 deadline not yet posted
Prize: First prize of $25,000; finalists will each receive $2,500
Description: Awarded annually by Writers Trust of Canada. The prize will be awarded to a book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and significant literary merit. All finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and analysis. The prize particularly values books which provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the practice of Canadian politics, its players, or its principles. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
Website: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing/Prize-Guidelines.aspx