Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 American Literary Translators Association
Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist ... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 04/07/2017
2 American Literary Translators Association
Italian Prose in Translation Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a ... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 04/07/2017
3 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
4 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
5 Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,720) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English... Read complete »
-- $ 3,720.00 03/31/2017
6 Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers Grants

Up to five grants of $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one ... Read complete »
-- $ 8,000.00 03/31/2017
7 Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, ... Read complete »
-- $ 1,000.00 04/01/2017
8 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
9 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 04/23/2017
10 Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to ... Read complete »
$ 6.00 $ 1,000.00 03/30/2017
11 Talking Gourds
Fischer Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive $500 in travel expenses to attend the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Colorado in May. ... Read complete »
$ 9.00 $ 1,000.00 04/22/2017
12 Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,040) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,040.00 03/31/2017
13 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
14 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
15 Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Rebecca Foust will judge in poetry, and David Jauss ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
16 Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sherwin Bitsui will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 04/01/2017
17 Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 CAD (approximately $15,000) and publication in the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Michael Harris will judge. Using the ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 20,000.00 03/31/2017
18 Finishing Line Press
New Womens Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah ... Read complete »
$ 16.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
19 Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tyrone Williams will judge. Submit a manuscript of ... Read complete »
$ 18.00 $ 1,000.00 04/24/2017
20 Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Gladys Henderson will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an ... Read complete »
$ 18.00 $ 1,000.00 04/03/2017
21 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work.... Read complete »
$ 19.00 $ 1,000.00 04/28/2017
22 Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
23 New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Rosanna Warren will judge in ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
24 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
25 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
26 Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Richard Garcia will judge in poetry, ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
27 CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
28 Florida Review
Editors Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
29 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
30 Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 ... Read complete »
$ 23.00 $ 1,500.00 04/09/2017
31 American Literary Translators Association
Cliff Becker Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/07/2017
32 Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 04/17/2017
33 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
34 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
35 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
36 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
37 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
38 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
39 Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
40 Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 2,000.00 04/01/2017
41 Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Renee Gladman will judge. Using the online ... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
42 Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Poetry Book Competitions

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
43 Kundiman/Tupelo Press
Kundiman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
44 University of Arkansas Press
CantoMundo Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a Latina or Latino writer. Using the online submission... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 1,000.00 04/15/2017
45 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
46 Orison Books
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and David ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,500.00 04/01/2017
47 Saturnalia Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 2,000.00 04/01/2017
48 Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Kathryn Nuernberger will judge. Submit a manuscript of at ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
49 Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 03/31/2017
50 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
51 American Literary Translators Association
National Translation Awards

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For ... Read complete »
$ 50.00 $ 2,500.00 04/07/2017
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