This seems perfect as one of the firsts posts for the 2014 WRITE ALL THE AWESOME THINGS PROJECT.
What are the big writing awards that you know about? The Nobel Prize. Pulitzer. Is that it? Well here are six that you should put on your vision board:
THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION
Pen/Faulkner Award For Fiction: This award brings together American writers in hopes of promoting some great literature. You know the great thing about this foundation? William Faulkner used his Nobel Prize to found this award to help young writers. It’s based out of Washington D.C.
THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Nobel Prize: This is the grand poo-bah of all writing awards, isn’t it? The awards is given by the Swedish Academy which is in Stolkholm, Sweden. I’ve made it a goal to read at least one book by the men and women who have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in hopes that their greatness will rub off on me.
Anyway, the Nobel Prize in Literature is given to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”. Do you know what that means? Good, that probably means that you’ll win it sometime in the future while I’ll be sitting in my dungeon scratching my head. In the meantime, check out this tidbit of trivia: the average age of a Nobel Prize in Literature winner is 65. Luckily for me, I have some time to hone my skills.
THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR LETTERS
Pulitzer Prize: If the Nobel Prize for Literature is the king in chess, this is the queen. It is known for being awarded to journalists but it doesn’t specifically target journalism. The Pulitzer Prize for Letters focuses on American authors and there is also a section for music.
THE FLANNERY O’CONNER AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
Flannery O’Conner Award For Short Fiction: According to the website, this award is “an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre”.
THE BEST OF THE NET ANTHOLOGY
Best Of The Net: It’s hosted by Sundress Publications which is one of those from women, for women (guys can read it too though – it’s not forbidden or anything, heh) publications. They have a Best of the Net Anthology that is fantastic and you should go check it out…right now! 😛
If you feel as though these awards are only meant for literary fiction…you’re probably right. I’m kidding. I’m sure that your story about aliens turning human brains to ooze will be considered for the next Nobel Prize for Literature. Anyway, here is something for you genre writers out there (including me):
THE WRITER’S DIGEST POPULAR FICTION CONTESTS
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Contest: Writer’s Digest is always holding contests for writers. If you check out this page, you will find contests for nearly every genre that you can think of (sans anything that ends in -punk)
I don’t know about you but I’m aiming high. I’m targeting my “alien brain ooze” pitch for the Nobel Prize. After all, I’m sure that the brain ooze is just a physical representation of what the media is doing to our brain. It is a thought-provoking story that will pull at your heart strings and make you think twice about your love for…for… Let me work on it a little more and I’ll get back to you…