Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 23, 2017



This competition offers a $1,000 prize for work published in the previous year in two separate categories. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award goes to the best novel or collection of fiction, while the Milt Kessler Poetry Book award goes to the best book of poems.

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Please note: Easy application


Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York
with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University’s Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences

$1,000 Award for the book of fiction written in English selected by our judges as the strongest novel or collection of fiction published in 2016.

Contest Rules:

  1. Each book submitted must be accompanied by an application form.
  2. Publisher or author may submit.  Author needs to have a U.S. social security number for the prize to be awarded.
  3. Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration.
  4. Two copies of each book should be sent to:
    • Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director
      Creative Writing Program
      Binghamton University
      Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric
      Library North Room 1149
      Vestal Parkway East
      P.O.Box 6000
      Binghamton, NY13902-6000
  5. Books should be original work, not translations.
  6. Books entered in the competition will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.
  7. Books must be received in the English Department by February 1, 2017 to be considered for the prize.
  8. Books cannot be returned.
  9. For a list of winners, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope labeled:
    • “Binghamton University Fiction Book Award.”
  10. Winners will be announced in Poets & Writers and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle.

Applications are available here. (pdf, 44.6kb)

Make sure your publisher has considered this award for you.

Talk tomorrow,


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