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    Buxton Poetry Competition 2014

    Our theme in 2014 is The Natural World. You might like to describe a landscape, an event in nature, or perhaps an animal. You could write about something huge or you could focus on something tiny. You could tell us how you engage with nature, or how the natural world affects you, or you could take us on a journey through the natural world. Or if you have a different take on our theme we would like to read that too! We hope this theme will inspire you to think creatively about The Natural World.

    Theme: The Natural World
    Categories: Open — 18 and over Youth — 12 - 17 years Children — up to 11 years
    Judge: Helen Mort
    Prizes: Open - £300, £200, £100
    Youth and Children’s - book tokens
    Closing Date: 7th April 2014

    For full details and to download an entry pack:
    Further Information: 01298 70395

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/26/2014 8:59:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Four Way Books
    Intro Prize in Poetry

    Deadline: March 31,2014
    Entry Fee: $28
    Website: http://www.fourwaybooks.com
    E-mail address: editors@fourwaybooks.com

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Brenda Shaughnessy will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Four Way Books, Intro Prize in Poetry, P.O. Box 535, Village Station, New York, NY 10014. (212) 334-5430.

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    2-Day Poem Contest 2014

    Registration Deadline: April 4,2014 at midnight cst

    This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. These words are released at midnight, Friday April 11th, leaving you 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue containing the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.

    The 2014 contest will take place April 12-13,2014


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    • Silver Star - 3,426 Points Raymond Magabe (3/27/2014 6:56:00 AM) Post reply

      dear moderator, I am new to poem hunter but I am interested in the 2014 contest. how do I get on the list of contestants

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  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/26/2014 8:52:00 AM) Post reply

    Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

    Closing date: 31st March 2014
    Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter
    Line Length: Up to 32 lines
    Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    First: £150
    Second: £100
    Third: £50
    The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.

    Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/26/2014 8:52:00 AM) Post reply

    Overton Poetry Prize

    Deadline: March 31,2014
    The prize is for a sequence of poems which will be published in chapbook form.
    It costs £10 to enter.

    The judge is Sarah Jackson, winner of the Heaney Prize.
    The money will be used to give an early-career poet the opportunity to be poet in residence at Loughborough,


  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/26/2014 8:50:00 AM) Post reply

    Chapbook Contest

    Deadline: April 4,2014
    Entry Fee: $18
    Website: http://www.thediagram.com/contest.html
    E-mail address: editor@thediagram.com

    A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 18 to 48 pages with an $18 entry fee by April 4. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    DIAGRAM, Chapbook Contest, English Department, P.O. Box 210067, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Ander Monson, Editor.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/25/2014 9:54:00 AM) Post reply

    Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest

    Deadline: April1,2014
    Prizes: $1,500, $800, $400, (12) $75, publication and other stuff
    Fee: none

    1) Find a vanity poetry contest, a contest with low standards whose main purpose is to entice poets to buy expensive products like anthologies, chapbooks, CDs, plaques and silver bowls. Vanity contests will often praise remarkably bad poems in their effort to sell as much stuff to as many people as possible. See site for an example of a vanity contest that accepts nearly everything.
    2) Make up a deliberately absurd, strange, laugh-out-loud parody poem. See site for an example.
    3) Submit your parody poem to a vanity contest as a joke.
    4) After you've done steps 1-3, submit your entry to the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest on the website.
    5) There is no fee to submit to the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest. Poets of all nations are welcome. Your poem must be in English (inspired gibberish also accepted) . Please submit only one poem. If you submit more than one, only your latest entry will be considered. Poems may be of any length.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/25/2014 9:45:00 AM) Post reply

    Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize

    Deadline: April 1,2014
    Prizes: $1,500 and publication
    Fee: $25 to Saturnalia Books

    Book manuscript: Manuscript must be an original work of poetry written in English. Manuscript must be at least 48 pages in length (not including foreword material) . Author’s name and contact information should not appear on manuscript. Manuscript should be single-sided, and securely bound with a clip only. A separate sheet containing author’s name, title of manuscript, and contact information (including email address, street address, and phone number) must be included. Please include a check for $25 payable to Saturnalia Books. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the winning manuscript. Manuscripts will be accepted during the month of March only (or postmarked by April 1) . Former students who have studied " poetry writing" with the judge are ineligible to enter. Notification will be sent to your e-mail address. Do not include an SASE unless you do not have an e-mail address. If you do, it will be discarded. Or submit online.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/25/2014 4:17:00 AM) Post reply

    2014 Mind Magazine iNSiGHT Poetry Prize Competition.
    $300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honorable
    mentions. Winners will be published in Mind Magazine's top talent
    showcase section.

    All poems submitted will be considered for standard

    Submit 1-3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each.

    Entry fee $10, check or money order to Mind Magazine, PO Box 387,
    O'Brien, OR 97534; or via PayPal to mindmagazinestore@gmail.com
    Deadline for all entries is August 15th.

    Winner will be announced in September,2014. The Mind Magazine 2014 iNSiGHT Poetry Prize
    Competition will be judged by award winning poet Michael Spring and
    Editor-in-chief Rich Norman.
    For more information visit

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/24/2014 10:11:00 AM) Post reply

    Southeast Missouri State University Press
    Cowles Poetry Book Prize

    Deadline: April 1,2014
    Entry Fee: $25
    Website: http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/cowlesprize.htm
    E-mail address: upress@semo.edu

    A prize of $1,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Southeast Missouri State University Press, Cowles Poetry Book Prize,1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Susan Swartwout, Publisher.

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