Did you know that there's a sure-fire way of drawing attention to your novel? Yup. It's by winning awards. Once you have won an award or two (and it doesn't exactly have to be the Giller Prize (although if you do win that little knuckle-biter, you're well on your way to writing for a living) tucked under your belt you'll find it so much easier to sell your novel to a publisher, plus since many of the awards include a cash bursary, you'll also have an extra stash of "mad" money for all the pencils and erasers that you can fit into that very unique Canadian Copywriter shaving mug that (hopefully) you have beside your computer filled with cheap pens and pencils, no doubt). Hundreds of awards are available both in the U.S. (and Canada) that are geared to finding a brilliant first time author. Good golly! Could that possibly be you? Are you the novelist who might possibly change the world?
|Alabama State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowships.$5000 - $10,000 fellowship. Open to all Alabama residents only (minimum of two years residency required). Contact Randy Shoults, Alabama State Council on the Arts, 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, AL, 36130. Categories: Novel-length fiction, short story.||Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants in Creative Writing. $5,000 - $7,500 fellowship award. Open to all Arizona residents only, over 18 years of age who are not students. Visit their web site at az.arts.asu.edu/artscomm||Artists Trust GAP (Grants for Artists' Projects) in Fiction.$1,200.Open to Washington State Residents only. Contact the Program Director, Artist Trust, 1402 Third Avenue, Suite 404, Seattle, WA, 98101-2118. Categories: Novel length fiction, short story.|
|AWP Award Series in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and the AWP/Thomas Dunne Books Novel Award. Various prize amounts. Open to all authors writing original works in English. Contact Katherine Perry, AWP Writing Programs, Tallwood House, Mail Stop 1E3, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 22030. Categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and the novel. Winner receives $2,000 to $10,000 honorarium or case advance and publication of their novel.||California Arts Council's Fellowships.$5,000. Open to all California residents only (at least one year residence). Contact Artists Fellowship Program Administrator,California Arts Council, 1300 1st Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814. Categories: Fiction. Send S.A.S.E. for details.||Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fiction Fellowships.$2500. Open to Connecticut residents only. Contact Linda Dente, Program Director, Artists Fellowships, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, One Financial Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103. Categories: fiction.||Delaware Individual Artist Fellowships for Fiction. $2,500. Open to all Delaware Residents only. Must be over 18 and lived in Delaware for at least one year. Fellowships of $2,000 to emerging professional writers and $5,000 to established professional writers. See their web site at www.dca.net||District of Columbia City Arts Projects. Various Prizes. Open to District of Columbia residents only. Contact Pamela G. Holt, Executive Director, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Stables Art Center, 410 Eighth Stee NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. Categories: fiction.||District of Columbia Grants-In-Aid Program. Various Prizes. Open to District of Columbia Residents Only. Contact Pamela G. Holt, Executive Director, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Stables Art Center, 410 Eighth Stee NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. Samples must be no more than 2 years old. Send S.A.S.E. for details.|
|Electronic Arts Grants Program. $500 prize. Open to New York State Residents. Contact Electronic Arts Grants Program Director. Experimental Television Center. 109 Lower Fairfield Road, Newark Valley, NY, 13811. Categories: novel length fiction, short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenplay, children's literature, religion, women, Gay/Lesbian, journalism.||Illinois Artists Fellowships for PoetryVarious prizes. Contact Richard Gage, Communications Arts Program, Illinois Art Council, James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500. Chicago, IL 60601. Categories: poetry.||Illinois Writers Inc. Annual Chapbook Contest. Prize: publication. Open to all writers. Contact Jim Elledge, Illinois Writers Inc., Illinois State University, English Department, 4240, Normal IL 61790-4240. Categories: short stories, poetry.|
|Jenny McKean Moore Fund for Writers in Washington.Prize:$48,000.Open to all writers. Contact Faye Moskowitz, Department Chair, George Washington University, Department of English, Washington, D.C. 20052. Various Categories. The prize is actually a teaching position for two semesters at a salary of $48,000.||Kentucky Artists Fellowships in Poetry. Prize:$5,000. Open to Kentucky residents only. Contact Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council, Old Capitol Annex, 300 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Categories: Fiction.||Larry Neal Writers' Competition for Poetry. $500 Larry Neal Writers' Competition Director, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 410 8th Street, NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC 20004. Category: poetry.|
|Louisiana State Fellowships for Poetry. $5,000. Open to Louisiana Residents only for at least two years. Contact: Louisiana Division of the Arts, PO Box 44247, Baton Rouge, LA 70804. Categories: poetry. See their web site at www.crt.state.la.us/arts||Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships in Literature. $3,000. Open to Maine residents. Contact: Kathy Ann Jones, Associate for Contemporary Arts, Maine Arts Commission, 25 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0025. Categories: fiction.||Maine Community Foundation Writing Awards in Poetry.$1,000. Open to Maine Residents. Contact: Contest Director, Maine Community Foundation, 210 Main Street, PO Box 148, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Categories: poetry.|
|Maryland State Individual Artist Award for Fiction. $6,000. Open to all Maryland residents over 18 who are not students. Contact James Backas, Maryland State Arts Council, 601 North Howard Street, 1st floor, Baltimore, MD, 21201||Massachusetts Artist Grants in Poetry.$7,500. Open to Massachusetts residents over 18 who have resided in Massachusetts for at least two years. Contact: Artists Grant Program Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 120 Boylston Street, Suite 1000 Boston, Maryland. 02116. Categories: poetry. See their web site at www.massculturalcouncil.org||Massachusetts Artists Grants in Fiction. $5000. Open to Massachusetts residents 18 years or older, not students and residents of Massachusetts for at least two years.|
|Mississippi Arts Fellowships in Literary Arts for Fiction. $5000. Open to all Mississippi residents. Contact: Fellowship Director, Mississippi Arts Commission, 239 North Lamar Street, Suite 207, Jackson, MS 39201. Categories: fiction.||Montana Arts Individual Artists Fellowships.$2000. Open to Montana residents. Contact: Arlyrm Fishbany, Montana Arts Council, 316 North Park Avenue, Suite 252, Helena, MT 59620. Categories: fiction.||NCWN Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition.$200. Open to North Carolina residents only. Contact NCWN Award Director, North Carolina Writers' Network, P.O. Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510. Categories: poetry. Entrants must be poets who have not published a full length book of poetry (48 pages). Winner also receives public reading, and reception plus 50 complimentary copies of the 500 print-run chapbook. Entry fee: $10.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.||Nebraska Arts Individual Artist Fellowships in Poetry. $4000. Open to Nebraska residents over 18, minimum two-year residents, non students in English, Creative Writing, literature or any other related field. Contact: Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council, 3838 Davenport Street, Omaha, NE 68131-2329. Categories: poetry||Nevada Arts Council's Artists Fellowships for Literary Arts.$5000. Open to Nevada residents only. Contact: Sharon Rosse, Nevada Arts Council, 602 Curry Street, Carson City, NV 89703. Categories: fiction.||New England/New York Award. $1000. Open to poets living in New England or New York. Contact: Alice James Books, NE/NY Contest, 98 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938. Categories: poetry. Entry fee:$20.00. Prize includes publication||New Hampshire State Artist Fellowships in Literature. $10000. Open to New Hampshire residents of at least one year. Contact: Audrey V. Sylvester, Artists Services Coordinator, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 40 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301-4974. Categories: fiction.||New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship in Prose. $10000. Open to New Jersey residents. Contact fellowship director, New Jersey Fellowships, c/o MA2ZF, 22 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Categories: fiction||New Rivers Press Minnesota Voices Project in Poetry. $500. Open to Minnesota residents. Contact: Minnesota Voices Project Director, New Rivers Press, 420 North 5th Street, Suite 938, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Prize includes publication. Author must not have published before. See their web site at www.mtn.org/newrivpr|
|New York Foundation's Fellowship in Fiction. $7000. Open to New York students who are non-residents living in New York for a minimum of two years. Contact: Artists Fellowship Department, NYFA, 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th floor, New York, NY, 10013. Categories: fiction. Awarding of prize contingent on a mutually agreed-upon public service.||North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction. $8000. Open to North Carolina residents. Contact: Deborah McGill, Literature/Public Media Director, North Carolina Arts Council, Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC 27699-4632. Categories: fiction. See their web site at||Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowships for Fiction. $3000. Open to Oregon residents. Contact Kristy Athens, Literary Arts Inc., 720 S.W. Washington Street, Suite 700, Portland, OR 970205. Categories: fiction. See their web site at www.literary-arts.org|
|Peninsula Community Foundation Literature Program in Poetry. $5000. Open to Pennsylvania residents. Contact: Literature Program in Poetry Director, Literature Program, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 216 Finance Building. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120. Categories: fiction.||Pew Fellowships in the Arts for Poets. $50000. Contact: Melissa Franklin, Director, Pew Fellowships in the Arts for Poets. $50000. Open to poets at a critical juncture in their career. Must be 25 or over and reside in certain specific counties. See their web site at www.pewarts.org||Rhode Island Fellowships for Literature. $5000. Open to Rhode Island residents who are non students. Contact: Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 95 Cedar Street, Suite 103, Providence, Rhode Island 02903-1034. Categories: fiction. See their web site at www.risca.state.ri.us.|
|South Carolina Project Grants for Fiction Writers. $7500. Open to South Carolina residents only. Contact: Project Grants Director, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1800 Gervals Street, Columbia, SC, 29201. Categories: fiction.||South Dakota Touring Artists Programs for Fiction Writers.Various prize amounts. Open to South Dakota tour writers. Contact: Jocelyn Hanson, Assistant Director, South Dakota Arts Council, 800 Governor's Drive. Categories: novel length fiction, short stories.||Tennessee Arts Commission Fiction Writing Fellowships.$2500 Open to Tennessee residents. Contact: Alice Swanson, Tennessee Arts Commission, 401 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37243-0780. Categories: fiction.|
|Utah Arts Council Publication Prize. $5000. Open to Utah residents. Contact: G. Barnes, Literary Coordinator, Utah Arts Council, 17 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84102-1177. Categories: fiction.||Vermont Arts Council Opportunity Grants. $5000. Open to Vermont residents. Contact: Michele Bailey, Director of Artist Programs, Vermont Arts Council, 136 State Street, Drawer 33, Montpelier, TV 05633-6001. Categories: fiction.||Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant. $1000. Open to Ohio residents who have lived there for at least five years. Must be under 30 years of age. Contact: Linda R. Hengst, Director, Ohio Library Association. 65 South Front Steet, Suite 1105, Columbus, OH, 43205. Categories: novel-length fiction, short story non-fiction.|
|West Virginia Literature Fellowship in Fiction. $3500. West Virginia residents only. Contact: Tod Ralstin, Fellowship Awards, West Virginia Commission on the Arts Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East. Charleston, WV 25305-0300. Categories: various.||Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships. $2000. Open to degree earners in the arts and have yet to publish. Contact: Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Director, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin, Department of English, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. Categories: fiction, novel, short story, poetry||Wyoming Arts Council Annual Creative Writing Fellowships. $2500. Open to Wyoming residents over 18. Contact: Mike Shay, Literary Coordinator, Wyoming Arts Council, 2320 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002. Categories: various.|
* multiple submissions.
The debate keeps raging on about multiple submissions. Publishers, of course, dislike seeing the words "multiple submission" in a letter, many of whom will automatically toss your query in the wastebasket -- understandably so when you consider their viewpoint. Why spend time reading your manuscript and realize its potential, only to discover that your work has been pledged to another publisher? You, of course, will see things differently. In your quest for the elusive goal of actually "getting published", you will want to submit your work to as many publishers as possible. Many of the writers' organizations recommend against multiple submissions. Their advice: give one publisher a reasonable deadline. If no action is taken by the deadline, send your query letter and/or manuscript to another publisher.