Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Colgate University
Olive B. OConnor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or ... Read complete »
-- -- 02/01/2019
2 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 01/24/2019
3 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by ... Read complete »
$ 10.00 $ 1,000.00 03/15/2019
4 Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Kiki Petrosino will judge in poetry, ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,500.00 01/31/2019
5 Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,500.00 01/31/2019
6 Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online... Read complete »
$ 30.00 $ 2,000.00 03/07/2019
7 Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, ... Read complete »
-- $ 2,500.00 03/01/2019
8 Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry ... Read complete »
-- $ 5,000.00 02/01/2019
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