The Academy's purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists. 17 awards for literature are awarded annually, including the Arthur Rense Prize and the Thornton Wilder Prize for Literary Translation.
Offers several awards for poets yearly including: Academy Fellowship, Wallace Stevens Award, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, James Laughlin Award, Walt Whitman Award, Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.
The APAALs honor books about Asian/Pacific Americans, their history and culture. Categories have included fiction and non-fiction for adults, picture/illustrated books, and children's/young-adult literature.
The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.
The Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry is awarded biennially by the Library of Congress on behalf of the nation in recognition for the most distinguished book of poetry written by an American and published during the preceding two years.
The Bollingen Prize for Poetry, which is currently awarded every two years by Beinecke Library of Yale University, is a prestigious literary honor bestowed on an American poet in recognition of the best book of new verse within the last two years, or for lifetime achievement.
In 1962, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award was established at the University of Hartford, in Connecticut, USA. It is presented annually to an American writer whose fiction is considered to have significance for American Jews.
The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction is an annual prize awarded by the University of Georgia Press named in honor of the American short story writer and novelist Flannery O'Connor. Established in 1983 to encourage young writers by bringing their work to the attention of readers and reviewers, it has since become a significant proving ground for newcomers.
The award is meant to recognize works that "[improve] government through an examination of the intersection between press, politics, and public policy." The prize is awarded to the book published in the previous year that best exemplifies the fulfillment of this goal.
The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.
Lambda Literary Awards (also known as the "Lammys") are awarded yearly by the US-based Lambda Literary Foundation to published works which celebrate or explore LGBT themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography.
The Lannan Literary Awards are a series of awards and literary fellowships given out in various fields by the Lannan Foundation. Established in 1989, the awards are meant "to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality", according to the foundation.
The National Poetry Series is an American literary awards program. Every year since 1979 it has sponsored the publication of five books of poetry. Manuscripts are solicited through an annual open competition, judged and chosen by poets of national stature, and issued by various publishers.
The Native Writers' Circle of the Americas (NWCA) is an organization of Native American writers, most notable for its literary awards, presented annually to Native American writers in three categories: First Book of Poetry, First Book of Prose, and Lifetime Achievement.
The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The O. Henry Award is the only yearly award given to short stories of exceptional merit. The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories is an annual collection of the year's twenty best stories published in U.S. and Canadian magazines, written in English.
The Premio Aztlán Literary Prize is a national literary award for emerging Chicana/o Chicano authors. The award is limited to short-story collections and novels (but not children's or young-adult novels) published by a professional press during the previous calendar year.
The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by Hungarian-American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.
The distinguished Joseph Henry Jackson, James Duval Phelan, and Mary Tanenbaum Literary Awards provide $2,000 each to three literary artists who work in any one of the following literary forms qualify: fiction (novel or short stories), nonfictional prose, graphic novels, poetry, spoken word, plays, and scripts.
The Sherwood Anderson Foundation is an organization founded by the children and grandchildren of American short story writer and novelist Sherwood Anderson that gives grants to emerging writers. The most notable of these is the annual Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Award.
Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), the Stonewall Book Award is for LGBT books. It is presented annually to English language works of fiction (Barbara Gittings Literature Award), non-fiction (Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award) and Children's books (Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award).
The American Book Award was established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation. It seeks to recognize outstanding literary achievement by contemporary American authors, without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre.
The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of The Best American Series. First published in 1915, the BASS anthology has striven to contain the best short stories by well-known writers in contemporary American literature. Since 1978, a different writer of reputation has introduced the volume each year and selected the contents from the best twenty stories out of 120 stories recommended by the series editor.
Founded by Michael M. Rea, the Rea Award for the Short Story is given annually to a living American or Canadian writer whose originality and influence on the genre is significant. The award is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation.
Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry.
A competitive talent search open to all writing in English, the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition is for previously unpublished work. Entries are accepted in seven categories: Novel, Novella, Novel-in-Progress, Short Story, Essay, Poetry, and Short Story by a High School Student. Overall goals of the competition are to seek out new, talented writers and assist them in finding literary agents and, ultimately, publishers for their work.