Poetry Contests


# Sponsor and Award Awards and Fees Application Deadline
Entry Fee Award
1 Brunel University London
International African Poetry Prize

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,990) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are... Read complete »
-- $ 3,990.00 12/12/2018
2 Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year. Prizes are also given ... Read complete »
-- -- 12/15/2018
3 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 12/20/2018
4 Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length ... Read complete »
$ 12.00 $ 1,000.00 12/22/2018
5 Quercus Review Press
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sam Pierstorff will judge. Submit a manuscript of ... Read complete »
$ 25.00 $ 1,000.00 12/28/2018
6 Omnidawn Publishing
Lake Merritt Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies will be given annually for a first or second collection of poetry. Rajiv Mohabir, Metta Sáma,... Read complete »
$ 27.00 $ 3,000.00 12/29/2018
7 Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $27 ... Read complete »
$ 27.00 $ 1,000.00 12/31/2018
8 Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter Fox ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 12/31/2018
9 Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and ... Read complete »
-- $ 50,000.00 12/31/2018
10 Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern ... Read complete »
$ 15.00 $ 1,000.00 01/01/2019
11 Bayou Magazine
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and a subscription to Bayou Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems of any length or a story or novel... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/01/2019
12 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 01/02/2019
13 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winners and finalists for the prize, which is cosponsored by Loyola Marymount University, will be invited to read at ... Read complete »
$ 20.00 $ 1,000.00 01/03/2019
14 Frost Place
Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frosts former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has ... Read complete »
$ 28.00 $ 2,000.00 01/05/2019
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