Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research ... Read complete »
-- $ 70,000.00 09/28/2018
2 New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Criterion Books is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Morri Creech, Roger Kimball, and David ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 3,000.00 09/29/2018
3 Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and a ... Read complete »
$ 12.00 $ 2,500.00 09/30/2018
4 University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story ... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 09/30/2018
5 American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 10/01/2018
6 American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 10/05/2018
7 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $59,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a published ... Read complete »
-- $ 59,000.00 10/15/2018
8 Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,600) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) is also given. Both winners receive ... Read complete »
$ 8.00 $ 2,600.00 10/22/2018
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 10/24/2018
10 Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 35 pages with a $15 entry fee by October ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 10/31/2018
11 Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 11/01/2018
12 Perugia Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 ... Read complete »
$ 27.00 $ 1,000.00 11/15/2018
13 Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 -- 11/15/2018
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