Poets & Writers

Recent Winners

American Poetry Review


Ruth Madievsky of Los Angeles won the 2017 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “Wormhole.” She received $1,000, and her poem was published in American Poetry Review. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. (SEE DEADLINES.)

American Poetry Review, Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, 320 South Broad Street, Hamilton #313, Philadelphia, PA 19102. www.aprweb.org

American-Scandinavian Foundation


Maija Liisa Mäkinen of New York City won the 2017 Nadia Christensen Prize for her translation from the Finnish into English of an excerpt from Anja Snellman’s novel Pelon maantiede. She received $2,500 and publication in the Scandinavian Review. Melissa Bowers of Seattle won the 2017 Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize for her translation from the Swedish into English of Jasim Mohamed’s poetry collection Vittnen till meningslösa händelser. She received $2,000 and publication in Scandinavian Review. The American-Scandinavian Foundation Prize Jury judged. The annual awards are given to a translator whose literary translations have not previously been published. (SEE DEADLINES.)

American-Scandinavian Foundation, Translation Prizes, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. (212) 779-3587. info@amscan.orgwww.amscan.org

Backwaters Press


Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley of Baltimore won the 2017 Backwaters Press Prize for his collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot. He received $2,500, and his book will be published by Backwaters Press in September. Bob Hicok judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (SEE DEADLINES.)

Backwaters Press, Backwaters Prize, 1124 Pacific Street No. 8392, Omaha, NE 68108. (402) 451-4052. Michael Catherwood, Editor.thebackwaterspress.com

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature


Robin Moger of Cape Town, South Africa, won the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation from the Arabic into English of Yasser Abdel Hafez’s novel The Book of Safety (Hoopoe Fiction). He received £3,000 (approximately $4,200). Alastair Niven, Peter Kalu, Wen-chin Ouyang, and Salam Sarhan judged. The annual award is given for a book-length literary translation from Arabic into English published in the previous year. The deadline for 2018 has passed; the next deadline is March 31, 2019.

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9sB, England. Paula Johnson, Award Secretary. info@banipaltrust.org.ukwww.banipaltrust.org.uk

Barrow Street Press


Tina Barr of Black Mountain, North Carolina, won the 2017 Barrow Street Press Book Prize for her poetry collection Green Target. She received $1,500 and publication of her book by Barrow Street Press. Patricia Spears Jones judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. (SEE DEADLINES.)

Barrow Street Press, Book Prize, P.O. Box 1558, Kingston, RI 02881. infobarrow@gmail.comwww.barrowstreet.org

Baton Rouge Area Foundation


of New Orleans won the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her novel, (Melville House, 2017). She received $10,000 and travel expenses to attend an award ceremony and visit schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in January. Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers judged. The annual award is given to an emerging African American writer for a book of fiction published in the

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