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  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/10/2014 8:39:00 AM) Post reply

    2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

    The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.
    Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
    Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.
    To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.
    The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.
    A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.
    £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

    Our judges this year are:
    Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University
    Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC
    Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally
    Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/10/2014 8:35:00 AM) Post reply

    Tethered by Letters' Fall Poetry Contest

    We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

    Deadline: July 15,2014
    Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal
    Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries

    Contact Info: Alison Auger,

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/10/2014 8:32:00 AM) Post reply

    The Dermot Healy Poetry Competition,

    This contest has just been launched by the Five Glens Arts Festival, and which might be of interest to you and your fellow writers.
    The competition is now open for submissions, and will run until 15th July 2014. The prize money is 1,000 euro, and shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their work at the festival. Dermot will be judging the shortlisted poems and will present the prize to the winning poet. A great honour indeed.
    The ceremony will take place over the course of the festival which runs from 22nd – 24th August.
    All the details are listed below, and entry forms, rules and fees (5 euro per poem) are available on our website.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/10/2014 8:30:00 AM) Post reply

    " Vallum Award for Poetry"

    Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014.

    Deadline: July 15th,2014
    First Prize: $750,2nd: $250
    Entry Fee: $25

    For further details:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/10/2014 8:30:00 AM) Post reply

    Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2014

    Judge: Ian McMillan
    Closing date: 10th July 2014
    First Prize: £1000 and a residential writing course at Ty Newydd
    Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open with a great first prize of £1000 cash and a residential course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales.
    Ty Newydd is renowned for its excellent writing courses, taught by outstanding poets, in a beautiful setting.
    We are delighted that Ian McMillan has agreed to judge all entries: Ian McMillan is well-known to Radio 3 audiences as presenter of The Verb. He is also poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He will be appearing at Ledbury this summer (4 – 13 July) .
    Adults: First Prize £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd
    Second Prize £500
    Third Prize £250
    See website for details of Young People and Children’s competition section.
    Winners have the opportunity to read their poems at the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival.
    Entry fees: first poem £5, for each subsequent poem £3. Children and Young People enter their first poem free.

    Go to for further details of our poetry competition and to download an entry form.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/9/2014 9:08:00 AM) Post reply

    Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

    Closing date: July 31,2014
    Prizes: $250, $125, $50 (poetry; double for fiction) and publication
    Fee: $5 to
    Judge: Andre West
    Notify: September 20

    Poems: Open to all poets and writers whether published or not, regardless of experience. Current and former employees of or their relatives are not eligible. Poems must be 30 lines or fewer, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Short stories may be on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction, single or double line spacing, with a maximum of (5) pages. All entries must be original works. Entry form online. Fees: $5 per poem; $10 per short story, paid by mail or PayPal. If fee is paid online a $2 transaction fee will be added per entry fee. Each poem/story entry must be paid individually if using the PayPal payment option. All entries will be assigned an Entry Identification Number. This number will be mailed/emailed to you upon receipt of your contest entry and payment. accepts cash, money orders, cashiers checks, and personal checks. All fees paid must be in US dollars.
    Poetry & Writing Contest
    P.O. Box 3141
    Chicago, IL 60654

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/9/2014 9:06:00 AM) Post reply

    The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

    Closing date: July 31,2014
    Prizes: course, books
    Fee: none

    Poems: The competition is free to enter, and attracts entries not just from Britain but from around the world. Any writer between the ages of 11 and 17 ON JULY 31 can enter. Poems can also be sent by e-mail. Poets can enter as many poems as they choose, of any length and on any theme. Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances, so please make sure you send copies only. All winners and runners-up will receive book prizes donated by publishers Bloodaxe and Faber & Faber, plus free youth membership of the Poetry Society for one year, and will be invited to an awards party at the Royal Festival Hall on National Poetry Day in October. The 15 overall winners will be invited to attend the prize-winners' writing course at the Arvon Centre.

    enter online
    Phone: 020 7420 9894

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/9/2014 9:00:00 AM) Post reply

    Vallum Award for Poetry

    Closing date: July 15,2014
    Prizes: $750, $250
    Fee: $25 to Vallum
    Judge: George Elliott Clarke

    Poems: Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes. Enter and pay online at site. Fee includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum.

    PO Box 598, Victoria Station
    Montreal, QC H3Z 2Y6

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/9/2014 8:57:00 AM) Post reply

    Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Poetry

    Closing date: July 15,2014
    Prizes: $1,000, publication
    Fee: $20 toThe Cincinnati Review
    Judge: editors
    Notify: October 1

    Poems: One winning poem and prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2014 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of prose, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form) will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is $20, which includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. Submissions only through our online submission manager; pay the fee through that system. Please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file. Instead, insert a cover letter with the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the work(s) submitted in the “comments” section of the online submission manager. All entries will receive equal consideration. Submissions will be accepted through our online submission manager from June 1 to July 15. October 1 announcement will appear on our website.

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  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/9/2014 8:53:00 AM) Post reply

    Rattle Poetry Prize

    Closing date: July 15,2014
    Prizes: $5,000, (15x) $100, publication, and $1,000 Readers’ Choice prize
    Fee: $20 to RATTLE
    Judge: editors
    Notify: September 15

    Poems: Entry fee of $20 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE. Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations) . International entrants MUST submit via email and credit card. Pay the entry fee via PayPal. You may submit up to four poems per entry. After paying the entry fee online, send an email to Write the PayPal transaction ID of your subscription in the subject line. Attach one file, that includes the cover sheet and all of the poems you’re submitting in a single document. Do not attach more than one file. Only.TXT, .RTF, .DOC, .DOCX, or.PDF extensions will be opened. You will receive an auto-response immediately to let you know that your submission was received—if there are any problems with the file or process we will let you know within a week or two. Also please note that if you send multiple entries, you’ll only receive the auto-reply for the first.

    12411 Ventura Blvd.
    Studio City, CA 91604

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