Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 ... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 05/31/2017
2 Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,060) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages ... Read complete »
$ 26.00 $ 1,060.00 05/31/2017
3 Crab Orchard
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,250 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 ... Read complete »
$ 12.00 $ 1,250.00 05/31/2017
4 Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 05/31/2017
5 Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 2,500.00 05/31/2017
6 Anhinga Press
Anhinga–Robert Dana Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 2,000.00 05/31/2017
7 Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,250) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes ... Read complete »
$ 13.00 $ 6,250.00 05/31/2017
8 Writers Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 86th annual Writers Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writers Digest Conference in August in New ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 5,000.00 06/01/2017
9 Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 06/01/2017
10 Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Mónica de la Torre will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,500.00 06/01/2017
11 Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed ... Read complete »
$ 16.00 $ 1,000.00 06/01/2017
12 Los Angeles Review
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. tai freedom ford ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 06/10/2017
13 University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system,... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,500.00 06/15/2017
14 American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction ... Read complete »
-- $ 2,500.00 06/15/2017
15 Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three ... Read complete »
-- $ 1,000.00 06/15/2017
16 Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between ... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 06/15/2017
17 Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United ... Read complete »
$ 50.00 $ 15,000.00 06/15/2017
18 North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $1,500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, ... Read complete »
-- $ 1,500.00 06/16/2017
19 Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 06/20/2017
20 Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, ... Read complete »
-- $ 150,000.00 06/22/2017
21 Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women... Read complete »
-- $ 3,500.00 06/23/2017
22 National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of 45 ... Read complete »
$ 27.00 $ 1,000.00 06/30/2017
23 Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Marianne Boruch will judge. Using the ... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 06/30/2017
24 Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 06/30/2017
25 University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellors Poetry Prize

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,600) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately ... Read complete »
$ 26.00 $ 15,000.00 06/30/2017
26 Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or ... Read complete »
-- $ 50,000.00 06/30/2017
27 Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Spears Jones will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,500.00 06/30/2017
28 Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Myung Mi Kim will judge. Submit a ... Read complete »
$ 27.00 $ 3,000.00 06/30/2017
29 Key West Literary Seminars
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major ... Read complete »
-- $ 4,000.00 06/30/2017
30 Cider Press Review
Editors Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a ... Read complete »
$ 26.00 $ 1,000.00 06/30/2017
31 Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Militello will judge. Submit a manuscript ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 06/30/2017
32 Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. ... Read complete »
$ 5.00 $ 1,000.00 07/01/2017
33 Claremont Graduate University
Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont ... Read complete »
-- $ 100,000.00 07/01/2017
34 Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 07/01/2017
35 Crab Orchard
First Book Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 2,500.00 07/10/2017
36 Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,250) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at... Read complete »
$ 6.00 $ 1,250.00 07/13/2017
37 Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 07/15/2017
38 Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Philip Schultz will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,200.00 07/15/2017
39 Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to six poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 07/15/2017
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