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  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 6:59:00 AM) Post reply

    Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

    Closing date: 25th July,2014.
    Prizes: £2,000, an invitation to read at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.
    Entry fee: None stated.
    A first full poetry book collection published between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014.


  • Eeshah Raaziah Naqavi (7/19/2014 2:32:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Hi! Is Foyle's contest authentic?Any other contests for poets from Asia?Please kindly do let me know, preferably those with no entry fee.
    Thanking you!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poems-on-a-Beermat Poetry Competition.

    Adjudicator: Martin Malone. Prize giving will be on Wednesday September 3rd
    2014 at the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. All 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their winning poems at the event, which will also feature a reading by Martin Malone. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
    First Prize £200 Second £50, Third £25. All 10 shortlisted entrants will have their poems printed on beermats to be widely distributed in pubs in Bradford on Avon during the town's Arts Festival in September, and will receive prizes of 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.
    Entry fee £4, or £10 for three poems, with subsequent entries at £3.

    For further information, rules & entry details, visit

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    Library of Congress Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize

    The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2014 prize will be awarded in the fall.
    The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, is given biennially. It will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years,2012 and 2013, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for the best book; the lifetime achievement awarding is at the sole discretion of the prize jury and the Librarian of Congress.

    Applications must be postmarked by July 31,2014. Guidelines for submission, as well as a list of previous winners, can be found at

    The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed chair, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry; coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures and symposia; and sponsors prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

    The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.
    Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
    Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.
    To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.
    The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.
    A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.
    £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

    Our judges this year are:
    Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University
    Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC
    Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally
    Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:39:00 AM) Post reply

    The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

    Closing date: July 31,2014
    Prizes: course, books
    Fee: none
    enter online

    Poems: The competition is free to enter, and attracts entries not just from Britain but from around the world. Any writer between the ages of 11 and 17 ON JULY 31 can enter. Poems can also be sent by e-mail. Poets can enter as many poems as they choose, of any length and on any theme. Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances, so please make sure you send copies only. All winners and runners-up will receive book prizes donated by publishers Bloodaxe and Faber & Faber, plus free youth membership of the Poetry Society for one year, and will be invited to an awards party at the Royal Festival Hall on National Poetry Day in October. The 15 overall winners will be invited to attend the prize-winners' writing course at the Arvon Centre.

    Phone: 020 7420 9894

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:38:00 AM) Post reply

    Marie Alexander Poetry Award

    Closing date: July 31,2014
    Prizes: $500 and publication
    Fee: none
    Judge: editors
    Notify: fall

    Prose poem book manuscript: The Marie Alexander Series is currently not taking unsolicited manuscripts. The contest will resume in 2015. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a chosen collection of prose poems or flash fiction by an American writer. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages, which can include some lineated pieces, along with a cover letter with complete contact information and an SASE for notification only. Postmark must be between July 1 and 31; the mailing address will be posted in early 2012. Entries should also include a simultaneous electronic submission of the manuscript (MS Word or PDF format) sent to There is no entry fee.

    Marie Alexander Poetry Series
    Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
    P.O. Box 5686
    Louisville, KY 40255-0686

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/17/2014 6:59:00 AM) Post reply

    Stone Canoe
    Literary Awards

    Deadline: July 31,2014
    E-mail address:

    Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S. military veteran. Writers who have not published a book with a nationally distributed press are eligible. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or a short story or essay of up to 10,000 words by July 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Stone Canoe, Literary Awards,700 University Avenue, Suite 326, Syracuse, NY 13244. (315) 443-4165. Allison Vincent, Assistant Editor.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/17/2014 6:59:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Press 53
    Award for Poetry

    Deadline: July 31,2014
    Entry Fee: $30

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual Gathering of Poets conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in April 2015. Tom Lombardo will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Press 53, Award for Poetry,411 West Fourth Street, Suite 101, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. (336) 770-5353. Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher.

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  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/17/2014 6:58:00 AM) Post reply

    A Room of Her Own Foundation
    To the Lighthouse Prize

    Deadline: July 31,2014
    Entry Fee: $20
    E-mail address:

    A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in travel and promotional expenses. C. D. Wright will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $20 entry fee by July 31. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

    A Room of Her Own Foundation, To the Lighthouse Prize, P.O. Box 778, Placitas, NM 87043. (505) 867-5373. Tracey Cravens-Gras, Associate Director.

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