Poetry Contests

The following is a list of upcoming poetry contests. Pay close attention to the terms, rights, fees, prize money, judges and rules when entering any contest. You can view a list of established awards and prizes here and you can find more contests to enter on the writing contests homepage. For more poetry resources visit our Poetry section.

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
The Stan and Wick Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize for a full-length book of poetry. The prize is awarded by the Kent State University Press.
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Prizes: $2,500 and publication
Entry Fee:

The Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry
The Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry is open to all writers for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The winning collection will be published by Pleidas Press.
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Prizes: $3000 and publication
Entry Fee:

Writer's Digest is running its 87th annual writing competition. The annual competition features several levels of cash prizes in multiple categories, including a $5,000 grand prize winner.
Deadline: May 4, 2018
Prizes: $5,000 cash top prize
Entry Fee: $20 to $30 for first entry

Emerging Writer's Contest
The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to unpublished writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The winner in each category will be awarded $2,000.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Prizes: $2,000 cash prize
Entry Fee:

Boston Review Poetry Contest
This year's Boston Review poetry contest will be judged by Mary Job Bang. The winner will be announced in the fall on the Boston Review website.
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,500 and publication
Entry Fee:

Black Warrior Review Contest
The 2018 Black Warrior Review writing contest is open to nonfiction, fiction and poetry. There is also a Flash category.
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 plus publication in each category. $500 in the Flash category.
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee

Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize
The Wheelbarrow Book Poetry Prize is open to manuscripts by authors that have published at least one full-length collection of poetry in English. It is run by the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU Press.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1000 and publication
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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
This poetry contest from Winning Writers offers $2,250 in prize including a $1,000 first prize. The judge is Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize
Entry Fee:

New Ohio Review Contest
The contest is open to fiction, nonfiction and poetry with a $1,000 prize in each genre. This year's judges are Claire Vaye Watkins (fiction), Kiese Laymon (nonfiction) and Tyehimba Jess (poetry).
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Prizes: $1000 prize in each genre
Entry Fee:

The Iowa Poetry Prize
The prize is open to new and established poets for a book-length collection of poems. Manuscripts should be 50 to 150 pages in length.
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement
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Nimrod Literary Awards 2019
The Nimrod Literary Awards are looking for previously unpublished poetry and ficiton. Fiction can be up to 7,500 words. Poem entries can be one long poem or several short poems (3 to 10 pages).
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Prizes: $2000 first prize
Entry Fee:

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Writer's Digest is running its 88th annual writing competitioni. WD says nearly 500 winners will be chosen.
Deadline: May 6, 2019
Prizes: $5,000 Grand Prize. Multiple prizes in each category.
Entry Fee: $30 for first manuscript entry, $20 for first poetry entry

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
The Georgia Review is accepting entries for the 2019 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Stephen Dunn will serve as the final judge for this year's prize.
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Prizes: $1500 plus publication in The Georgie Review
Entry Fee:

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 34th Biannual Poetry Card Contest. You can enter as many times as you like through the submission form or via snail mail. There are three prizes including a $350 first prize.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: $350 first prize
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Kate Tufts Discovery Award
This award is for a first book of poetry. The award is administrated by Claremont Graduate University.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: $10,000 prize
Entry Fee:

Nowhere Spring 2019 Travel Writing Contest
The contest seeks stories that possess a powerful sense of place. They can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay. The length limit is from 800 to 5,000 words.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 prize.
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee.

Literal Latte Poetry Awards
Litteral Latte runs a contest for unpulished poems up to 2,000 words. The contest has a $1,00 first prize, $300 second prize and $200 third prize.
Deadline: July 15, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize
Entry Fee:

Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
The Cincinnati Review is home to the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. A poem (up to 8 pages) and prose (up to 40 pages) winner are chosen for publication.
Deadline: July 15, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 prize
Entry Fee: $20 entry free (includes one-year subscription)

Earl Weaver Baseball Prize
This contest named after Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver seeks fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction with baseball as a central theme or key component. The contest is run by the Cobalt Review.
Deadline: September 17, 2019
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry fee

Juniper Literary Prizes
The annual literary prize offers awards in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners are chosed by faculty judges from the University of Massachussetts MFA program.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30 entry fee

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
This is the 13th annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Enter any poem 32 lines or less. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place.
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The 2020 poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: April 20, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication
Entry Fee: $10 for the first poem and $5 for each additional poem




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