Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

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 ... Read complete »
$ 5.00 $ 1,000.00 01/24/2017
2 New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/31/2017
3 Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,500.00 01/31/2017
4 Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,200.00 01/31/2017
5 Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 2,000.00 01/31/2017
6 Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Donna Stonecipher will judge. Using the online ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 01/31/2017
7 Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,500.00 01/31/2017
8 Hippocrates Prize
Open International Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,200) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. Using the ... Read complete »
$ 9.00 $ 1,200.00 01/31/2017
9 Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,500.00 01/31/2017
10 Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 01/31/2017
11 Writers at Work
Writing Competition

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/31/2017
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