Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 -- 04/30/2017
2 Friends of Falun Gong
Poetry Contest

A prize of $500 and publication on the Friends of Falun Gong website will be given annually for a poem that advocates for human rights in China. A panel of judges ... Read complete »
-- $ 500.00 04/30/2017
3 Sows Ear Poetry Review
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sows Ear Press with distribution to Sows Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 05/01/2017
4 Trio House Press
Louise Bogan Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
5 Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Meena Alexander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
6 Prairie Heritage, Inc.
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of Americas ... Read complete »
-- $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
7 Trio House Press
Trio Award for First or Second Book

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
8 Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
9 Arcadia
Dead Bison Editors Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
10 Redivider
Beacon Street Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 04/30/2017
11 Beloit Poetry Journal
Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal will be given annually for a poem. Carolyn Forché will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,500.00 04/30/2017
12 Pleiades Press
Editors Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 2,000.00 05/01/2017
13 Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 2,000.00 04/30/2017
14 Tupelo Press
Berkshire Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 3,000.00 04/30/2017
15 University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 5,000.00 04/30/2017
16 Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to young poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. ... Read complete »
-- $ 25,800.00 04/30/2017
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