Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the ... Read complete »
-- -- 12/22/2017
2 Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of ... Read complete »
-- -- 12/31/2017
3 Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an ... Read complete »
-- $ 500.00 12/29/2017
4 Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 500.00 12/15/2017
5 Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 12/15/2017
6 Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 1,000.00 12/20/2017
7 String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives an original music composition by a professional composer inspired ... Read complete »
$ 18.00 $ 1,000.00 12/20/2017
8 University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of no more than ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 12/01/2017
9 Five Points
James Dickey Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 50 ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 12/01/2017
10 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2018. Matthew Zapruder ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 12/01/2017
11 Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a ... Read complete »
-- $ 1,000.00 12/04/2017
12 Bayou Magazine
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/01/2018
13 Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 01/01/2018
14 New Issues Poetry & Prose
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 12/30/2017
15 Whitefish Review
Montana Award for Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/01/2018
16 Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee by ... Read complete »
$ 7.00 $ 1,000.00 01/02/2018
17 Hidden River Arts
Trilogy Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short short story, and a piece of nonfiction. Submit up ... Read complete »
$ 17.00 $ 1,000.00 12/15/2017
18 Munster Literature Center
Gregory ODonoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,200), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually ... Read complete »
$ 6.00 $ 1,200.00 11/30/2017
19 Tampa Review
Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 2,000.00 12/31/2017
20 Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration. Using ... Read complete »
$ 18.00 $ 2,500.00 01/02/2018
21 Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 2,500.00 12/22/2017
22 Australian Book Review
Peter Porter Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,970) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $2,000 Australian (approximately $1,590) will also be given. The... Read complete »
-- $ 3,970.00 12/03/2017
23 University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give... Read complete »
-- $ 10,000.00 11/30/2017
24 Center for Fiction
Christopher Doheny Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with ... Read complete »
-- $ 10,000.00 01/02/2018
25 San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and ... Read complete »
-- $ 10,000.00 01/02/2018
26 Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in ... Read complete »
-- $ 10,000.00 12/31/2017
27 The Moth
Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $12,000) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,200) each are also... Read complete »
$ 13.00 $ 12,000.00 12/31/2017
28 National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in ... Read complete »
-- $ 12,500.00 12/05/2017
29 Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members... Read complete »
$ 85.00 $ 26,000.00 12/01/2017
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