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    Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

    Closing date: 27th February,2015.
    Prizes: £3,000, two x £500.
    Free entry.
    Poems by poets aged 16 to 18.

    Website: towerpoetry.org

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    Utmost Christian Poetry Contest

    Closing date: 28th February 2015
    Prize: $1,000, $500, (10x) $100, + more, and publication
    Fee: $20 per poem to Utmost Christian Writers
    Judge: committee
    Notify: April 9

    Poems: This contest is open only to Christians. Up to 5 poems, rhymed or free verse, up to sixty (60) lines, but must not have been published previously or have won any prize in any previous competition of any kind. No simultaneous submissions. Poems will be judged by an independent committee of poets under the administration of Utmost Christian Writers Foundation director, Barbara Mitchell. Use entry form. No e-mail entries, but fees may be paid online.

    Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest
    121 Morin Maze
    Edmonton, Alberta T6K 1V1

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/14/2015 7:26:00 AM) Post reply

    Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

    Closing date: 28th February 2015
    Prize: $5,500 and publication
    Fee: $30 to AWP
    online entry
    Judge: Crystal Williams
    Notify: September
    Book manuscript: poetry—48 pages minimum text. Original works in English. No mixed-genre manuscripts can be accepted. Each manuscript must include a title page with the manuscript title only. If the author’s name appears
    anywhere on the manuscript, the submission will be disqualified. Do not add a page with acknowledgement of previous publications or a biographical note.Manuscripts must be in.pdf format. Poetry manuscripts may be single-spaced.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/14/2015 7:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Fence Modern Poets Series

    Closing date: 28th February 2015
    Prizes: $1,000 and publication
    Fee: $28
    online only
    Judges: TBA

    Book manuscript: Open to poets of any gender and at any stage in their publishing career. The 2016 Fence Modern Poets Series will be open for submissions during the month of February,2015. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with your $28 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Fence.


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    Kathryn Morton Prize in Poetry

    Clasing date: 15th February 2015
    Prize: $2,000 and publication
    Fee: $27 to Sarabande Books, Inc.
    Judge: Mary Ruefle
    Notify: early July

    Book manuscript: Includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, and a standard royalty contract. Contest is open to any writer of English who is a U.S. citizen. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. Please submit one copy of the manuscript and our required entry form at www.sarabandebooks.org/contest/contest_entry.html. Manuscripts must be: anonymous—the author's name or address cannot appear anywhere on the manuscript (your title page should contain the title only) , a minimum of 48 pages of poetry, typed on standard white paper, one side of the page only, paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgments, machine-copied—no dot-matrix please unless letter quality, bound with a spring clip or placed in a plain file folder. No paper clips please. All manuscripts must be accompanied by our entry form which contains all the necessary identifying information. Do not send your manuscript without this form. Please retain a copy of your manuscript. We cannot return manuscripts. Submission of more that one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is accompanied by an entry form and handling fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Sarabande Books must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Sarabande Books will consider all finalists for publication. There is a $20 handling fee, check made payable to Sarabande Books, Inc. Manuscripts must be postmarked between and including January 1 and February 15. Include a SASP for notification that manuscript has been received. Include a #10 SASE for contest results. Please send your manuscript in a plain or padded envelope. No boxes please. No Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS. We strongly advise that you send your manuscript first class. Submit online at website.


    The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry
    Sarabande Books, Inc.
    PO Box 4456
    Louisville KY 40204

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/12/2015 10:05:00 AM) Post reply

    The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015

    Closing Date: 27th February 2015

    Competition for 16-18 years of age. Theme: 'Cells'. Prizes: The first prize is £3,000, with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize- winners. In addition to individual prizes, the students' schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School.. Longlisted entrants' poems are published on the Tower Poetry website. Judges: Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. The winners will be announced on Monday 20 April 2015.
    Entry Fee: £0
    Contact: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk or call 01865 286591.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/12/2015 9:55:00 AM) Post reply

    Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015

    Closing Date: 20th February 2015

    Prizes: 1st Prize £200,2nd Prize £100,3rd Prize £75. Prizewinners will also be invited to take part in a special Reading in Taunton. Judge: Lawrence Sail. Length: 40 lines. Prizewinners notified by beginning of May.
    Entry Fee: £4 for 1; £8 for 2; £10 for 3, £3 each for additional poems.
    Contact: Entries: Postal entries to: FRP Poetry Competition,127 Monks Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 7BQ Rules & Online Entries: www.fireriverpoets.org.uk

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/12/2015 9:54:00 AM) Post reply

    2015 Camden/Lumen Poetry Competition

    Closing Date: 14th February 2015

    Judge: George Szirtes. Prize: 50 free copies of a perfect bound small collection of your poems plus a reading. Poems up to 40 lines. Poetry must not be previously published. Proceeds to Homeless Cold Weather Shelters. No entry form is necessary.
    Entry Fee: £2.50 for single poems,6 poems £10

    Contact: Please make out cheques to Caris Camden and send to Ruth O'Callaghan,49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake, London SW14 8HF

  • Rookie - 364 Points Abegunde Tosin (2/11/2015 2:33:00 PM) Post reply


    I passionately fear you with awe
    Even though I take you while raw.
    A friend indeed that keeps alive
    When breath and I tend to strife.

    My companion devoid of enemy
    That made me fear when I merry.

    While as a fish you guide my path
    Else where you steam me to death

    Yet you are inalienable to all men!
    You made man and unmake men.

    A large note fragment you occupy
    Even up above the nature so high
    Everywhere on earth you're spot'd
    Whether pure of adulterated!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/11/2015 10:21:00 AM) Post reply

    Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 open for all UK 16-18 year olds.

    Judges Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald.
    Prize-giving will be on Monday 20th April 2015 at Christ Church, Oxford.
    Festival Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prizegiving.
    Winning and longlisted poems will be published on the Tower Poetry website
    First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000, Third £500 3-4 commended prizes of £250.
    Prizewinners' schools receive £150 each.
    Free entry

    For further details, rules & entry form visit www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize

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