Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 5,500.00 02/28/2017
2 Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 02/28/2017
3 Public Poetry
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,074 and publication on the Public Poetry website will be given annually for a poem on a theme. This years theme is "Work." Using the online submission ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,074.00 02/28/2017
4 Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with an $11 entry fee ($16 for up to four poems) by... Read complete »
$ 11.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
5 Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,500.00 03/01/2017
6 Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at... Read complete »
-- $ 10,000.00 03/01/2017
7 42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
8 Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between ... Read complete »
-- $ 500.00 03/01/2017
9 Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
10 Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay of... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
11 Alabama State Council on the Arts
Literary Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. ... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 03/01/2017
12 DASH Journal
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DASH Journal will be given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 33 lines each with a... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
13 Naugatuck River Review
Narrative Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review is given annually for a narrative poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/01/2017
14 Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be ... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 03/01/2017
15 Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editors Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 03/07/2017
16 National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Deadline: March 8, 2017 Website: E-mail address: Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be ... Read complete »
-- $ 25,000.00 03/08/2017
17 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 03/15/2017
18 Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 25,000.00 03/15/2017
19 Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 3,000.00 03/15/2017
20 Beyond Baroque Books
Pacific Coast Poetry Series

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Beyond Baroque Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in the United States. The editors will judge. ... Read complete »
$ 5.00 $ 2,000.00 03/15/2017
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