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  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/10/2014 1:31:00 AM) Post reply

    Deddington Festival Writing Competition

    Closing date: 14th April,2014.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25 in each category
    Entry fee: £3.
    Fiction up to 1,000 words; poetry 100 words

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  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/10/2014 1:25:00 AM) Post reply

    The Brownsville Herald Poetry Contest

    The Brownsville Herald is celebrating National Poetry Month* with a poetry contest. Anyone 18 or older who lives in The Herald circulation area may enter.

    Contest Rules:
    • Each individual may submit one original poem (English or Spanish) that has not been previously published or has not previously won an award or prize. Poems can be illustrated, but that is not required.

    • Poets may write on any topic that is suitable for a general audience. Poems must be no more than 30 lines and can be in any style. Poems mailed or dropped off at The Herald office must be typed in plain typeface.
    • Poems will be judged on creativity, artistic quality, and previously-stated guidelines. Any poem that does not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.
    • Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy for yourself.

    The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th and winning poems will be announced with publication on Sunday, April 27th. There will be first, second, and Third prizes awarded.

    More information and submission form:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/10/2014 1:22:00 AM) Post reply

    The First New York State Poetry Unites Contest

    After a successful six-year run in Europe, the Poetry Unites contest, inspired by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project, is coming to New York State.
    Marie Howe, the New York State Poet Laureate, and Corinne Evens, a philanthropist, in co-ordination with the Academy of American Poets, the New York State Writers Institute and the New York State Office of Cultural Education, are pleased to announce a contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem. The contest is open to all New York State residents.

    Write an essay no longer than 600 words in addition to the text of the poem. Attach the text of the poem with the title and the name of the poet. The poem must be written by a poet other than the author of the essay.
    Include a mailing address or an e-mail address as well as your name in the essay.
    Send essays to, before or on April 15th 2014.
    Four winners will be selected by The Jury, headed by Marie Howe.
    Results will be announced in the beginning of May 2014.
    Films will be produced between May 15th and September 15th,2014.
    The closing event of the contest, with the screening of the films about the winners, will take place in October 2014 in New York City during Poets Forum organized by the Academy of American Poets. All winners will be invited to the event.
    By entering, participants agree to be featured in a film profile produced by Ewa Zadrzynska

    More information:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/10/2014 1:19:00 AM) Post reply

    Mesa County Libraries

    April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’re doing another Poetry Contest! We encourage those 18+ to submit an original poem by April 19th,2014. The top three poems will be awarded prizes and will be featured on our website during the month of May.

    Poems can only be submitted online using the form below. No poems will be accepted in person, in any format, at any library branch.
    Poems must be the original, previously unpublished work of the submitter.
    Length of poems cannot exceed 40 lines.
    Poems must be suitable for a general audience, e.g. no profanity, vulgarity, etc.
    There is a limit of 2 poems per entrant, up to 40 lines each. Please use a separate form for each entry.
    Contest is open to Mesa County Libraries cardholders 18+.
    Deadline for entries is Saturday, April 19th at 6pm.
    By submitting a poem, you agree to let Mesa County Libraries use your poem on our website. The copyright is retained by the author.
    Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, grammar, artistic quality and adherence to the length limit of 40 lines. The decision of the judge is final.
    Names will be taken off each submission when judging to ensure impartiality.
    Staff of Mesa County Libraries are not eligible for entry.
    Prizes: the top three poets will receive a $10, $15 or $20 gift card to Downtown Grand Junction.

    The contest will be judged by Dr. Randy Phillis, professor of English at CMU, and author of the poetry collections: A Man Explains His Posture and Kismet, Colorado.

    Please call 970-243-4442 or email with any questions.
    More information:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/9/2014 1:35:00 AM) Post reply

    Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
    Fellowships and Grants

    Deadline: April 25,2014
    E-mail address:

    Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, and have lived in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota for at least six months are eligible. Students enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program are ineligible for the Individual Artist Fellowships; students enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program related to the arts are ineligible for the Career Development Grants. For both awards, submit up to 15 pages of poetry or prose, a description of the work sample, an application, a project description of up to three pages, and a résumé of up to two pages by April 25. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

    Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Fellowships and Grants, Marshall Professional Building,1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 120, Duluth, MN 55811. (800) 569-8134. Robert DeArmond, Executive Director.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/9/2014 1:35:00 AM) Post reply

    Poetry and Short Story Awards

    Deadline: April 23,2014
    Entry Fee: $3
    E-mail address:

    Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $3 entry fee by April 23. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Sixfold, Poetry and Short Story Awards,28 Farm Field Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. (203) 491-0242. Garrett Doherty, Publisher.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/9/2014 1:35:00 AM) Post reply

    Omnidawn Publishing
    Poetry Chapbook Competition

    Deadline: April 22,2014
    Entry Fee: $18
    E-mail address:

    A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by April 22. For an additional $2, entrants will receive one chapbook of their choice from the Omnidawn catalogue. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Omnidawn Publishing, Poetry Chapbook Competition,1632 Elm Avenue, Richmond, CA 94805. (510) 237-5472. Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, Coeditors.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/9/2014 1:34:00 AM) Post reply

    Crab Orchard Review
    Literary Prizes

    Deadline: April 21,2014
    Entry Fee: $23

    Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a single poem of up to five pages, a short story of up to 6,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,500 words with a $22.50 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crab Orchard Review, by April 21. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Crab Orchard Review, Literary Prizes, English Department, Mail Code 4503, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Managing Editor.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/8/2014 1:19:00 AM) Post reply

    Lichfield Poetry Competition –2014

    Poems, of a maximum length of 30 lines, on any topic, and in any style are invited, with a first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25.
    The competition will be judged by David Calcutt, Author, Playwright and Poet. To find out more about David’s work visit

    The closing date for the competition is Thursday April 17th. Entry fees of £3 per poem or £10 for four, with cheques being made payable to The Lichfield Poets.
    Send your poems by post to: The Lichfield Poets’ Open Competition, c/o The Organiser,19, Stowecroft, Lichfield WS13 6TW

    Entries should be accompanied by a separate cover page, which includes your name, address, telephone number and email address, plus a list of the title/s of the poem/s you are submitting.

    Full details, rules and regulations, and information are available from Lichfield.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/8/2014 1:17:00 AM) Post reply

    Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2014

    Judge Vona Groarke will read all entries. Poems in English, any subject, maximum of 40 lines. An application form is required, available from our website. Send postal entries to Poets & Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene,16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.

    Prizes: 1st £400
    2nd £200
    Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems

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