Research awards at The Writers Marketplace, Poets and Writers magazine, and Writers Digest. Book awards may help a writer’s career, or they may not. In pursuing book awards, weigh the cost of entry with the clout and monetary value of the award. Some awards will bring fame and recognition; others money; others are scams. Examples of how awards may help authors: entrance into writing programs or writing events, better sales, more willingness by bookstores and libraries to carry your book, more invitations to read or present your book.
PulitzerPrize$50.00 entry fee, five to seven judges for the most distinguished fiction, nonfiction, drama (playwriting), history, poetry, biography, and poetry. $10,000 cash award.
NobelPrizeBased on life time of writing literature that has inspired readers and influenced the world in a positive way. Prize: $1,000,000 in U.S. currency.
PEN/FaulknerAwardForFictionFor authors who have novels, novellas, and short story collections traditionally published. Five submissions are awarded prizes, with first place receiving $15,000 and four runners-up receiving $5,000.
PushcartPrizePushcart Press honors authors of short stories published in small presses and includes them in their world-famous anthology, The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses. Entries chosen by literary journals, not authors. No entry fees. Since 1976.
TheBestAmericanSeries First published as The Best American Short Stories in 1986. For essays, sports writing, travel writing, nature writing, and more.
The Kirkus Prize For authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature as well independent authors. Books that earned the Kirkus Star are automatically nominated. Top prize $50,000 for traditionally published fiction.
Booklife award – For independent authors; grand prize is $5,000 plus author profile in Publishers Weekly.
Allentrants receive a Critic’s Report, a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.
RITA-Highest award of distinction in the romance industry
The National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Nebula Award Winners and Hugo Award - Fantasy and science fiction
Newbery Medal – Children’s literature
Caldecott-Distinguished children’s picture book
Edgar award; Bramm Stoker - Mystery
Spur award - Western
Goodreads Choice– The only awards chosen by readers.