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    Bear Star Press
    Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

    Deadline: November 30,2014
    Entry Fee: $25
    Website: http://www.bearstarpress.com
    E-mail address: beth@bearstarpress.com

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Bear Star Press, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize,185 Hollow Oak Drive, Cohasset, CA 95973. (530) 891-0360. Beth Spencer, Editor.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/17/2014 10:40:00 AM) Post reply

    Poetry International
    C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

    Deadline: November 21,2014
    Entry Fee: $15
    Website: http://poetryinternational.sdsu.edu

    A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by November 21. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Poetry International, C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Mail Code 6020,5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182. (619) 594-1522. Ilya Kaminsky, Editor.

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    Nightboat Books Poetry Prize

    Closing date: 15th November 2014
    Prizes: $1,000, royalty contract,25 copies
    Fee: $25 to Nightboat Books
    Judge: Editors
    Notify: April 1

    Book manuscript: Any poet writing in English is eligible who: 1. does not have a close personal or professional relationship to the judge; 2. is not a current or recent (within the past two years) student of the judge; and 3. is not affiliated with Nightboat Books. Previous book publication is not a consideration for eligibility. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible.48 to 70 pages (suggested length) , single-spaced, paginated, no more than one poem per page, one side of the page only. The manuscript must be typed (clear photocopies are acceptable) and bound only by a spring clip. Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and email; one with book title only) , table of contents, and acknowledgments page. The author's name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the first title page. Enclose a standard business-size SASE for winner notification. We will not return manuscripts. Please do not send your only copy. Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of manuscript receipt (optional) . Nightboat Books cannot answer questions regarding submissions during the reading period. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Nightboat Books immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable. Each manuscript must be submitted separately, each with a separate entry fee and SASE. International submissions only may be sent via FedEx, DHL, or UPS. (Please remember to include your email address and entry fee payable in US dollars.) The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period. A $25 entry fee in the form of a check or money order payable to Nightboat Books must accompany all submissions. In the event that the judge does not find an entry suitable for publication, reading fees will be returned to all entrants. Entrants to this year’s competition may receive a complimentary copy of the winning book. Please enclose a 9x12 self-addressed, stamped envelope with $3.00 in postage if you would like to receive the book. Winning collection to be published Spring. Fed Ex, UPS, or other overnight mail services are not necessary. Online entry at website.

    Nightboat Books
    c/o Kazim Ali
    Creative Writing Program
    153 West Lorain Street
    Oberlin, OH 44074 info@nightboat.org

  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/14/2014 10:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

    Closing date: 15th November 2014
    Prizes: $1,000 and publication
    Fee: $3 to Measure Press
    Judge: R.S. Gwynn

    Sonnets: Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter up to twelve sonnets. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually. Entry fee: $3 per sonnet. Author's name, address, and phone number should be typed on the BACK of each entry. The winning poem and eleven finalists will be published in Measure: An Annual Review of Formal Poetry. Enclose a SASE to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.

    Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
    Creative Writing Department
    University of Evansville
    1800 Lincoln Avenue
    Evansville, IN 47722

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    The Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry

    Closing date: 15th November 2014
    Prizes: $500 and publication
    Fee: $15 to Harpur Palate

    Poems: Previously unpublished poems in any style, form, or genre. The $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. No more than five poems per entry. Please send checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders made out to Harpur Palate. All poems entered will be considered for publication, and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning poem appears. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and poem titles. Entrant's name should only appear on the cover letter and should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Prefers online entry on website.

    Milton Kessler Poetry Contest
    Harpur Palate
    Dept. of English
    Binghamton University
    P.O. Box 6000
    Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/14/2014 10:15:00 AM) Post reply

    Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry

    Closing date: 15th November 2014
    Prizes: $1,000, (3x) $100, and publication
    Fee: $12
    enter online
    Judge: Jeffrey Ethan Lee
    Notify: early April

    Poems: Previously unpublished works of poetry (up to 5 pages) . Multiple submissions will be accepted for the contest only. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted, but we must be notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Poets currently residing in the United States are eligible. Submissions will only be accepted via the website. $12 reading fee for each submission. All entrants receive a one-year membership to Philadelphia Stories.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/14/2014 10:14:00 AM) Post reply

    Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship

    Closing date: 15th November 2014
    Prizes: conference tuition and lodging
    Fee: $5
    apply online
    Notify: December 20

    Poems: Be a first-time Getaway participant who is 31 or over as of January 17,2015. (If you are 18-30, see our other scholarship option.) Select your first and second choice workshops. See http://wintergetaway.com/workshops-and-tutorials/ for choices. Prepare a brief bio, a paragraph describing your financial need and a brief personal statement telling us why you would like to attend the Getaway, each 150 words or less. Format a single document with 5 pages of poetry (one poem per page, single spaced) or 5 pages of prose (double spaced) . It is up to you whether to submit published or unpublished piece(s) . Excerpts of longer pieces are okay. If your submission exceeds 5 pages and/or does not meet the formatting guidelines, your application will not be able to be considered.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/13/2014 10:13:00 AM) Post reply

    Cafe Writers Competition 2014

    Prizes: 1st £1000,2nd £300,3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: David Morley. Maximum of 40 lines per poem (excluding title) on one side of A4
    Entry £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter

    website: cafewriters.co.uk/home/news-2/poetry-competition

  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/13/2014 10:13:00 AM) Post reply

    Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop 2nd Annual Poetry Competition Adjudicators: Liz Darcy Jones; Jon Amos; Nick Kelly. Winners announced 5th Dec - public recital of winning poems on Sat 13 Dec 2014. New category for 2014! Young Aspiring Wordsmith for 13 - 17 year olds. The competition particularly aims to encourage those who may not have considered writing poetry before. Darcy Jones is known to appreciate work that is accessible and displays an ear for rhythm. Winning poems will be published on Beatons website - copyright remains with winners.

    For further details and rules e-mail competitions@beatontearooms.co.uk or visit www.beatonstearooms.co.uk

    Theme: Restoration
    First Prize £50 Beatons Voucher and poem framed/displayed
    at Beatons Blandford Second £25 Beatons Voucher
    Young Aspiring Wordsmith 1st Prize £25 Beatons Voucher with poem framed/displayed
    at Beatons Blandford Second £10 Beatons Voucher
    entry FREE

  • Poemhunter Moderator (11/13/2014 10:12:00 AM) Post reply

    War Poetry for Today

    Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker's Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY.1st prize: £500,2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration, entry is free.

    For more information and to enter the competition go to http://theatrecloud.com/education/creative-projects/1000-in-prizes-in-our-war-poetry-for-today-competition. If you have any questions please contact creativeprojects@theatrecloud.com.

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