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.

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, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


2018 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 Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Roxane Gay (nonfiction) and Kevin Prufer (poetry).
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Prizes: $1000 prize in each genre
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


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, 2018
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement
Entry Fee: $20 reading fee


Nimrod Literary Awards 2018
The Nimrod Literary Awards are looking for previously unpublished poetry and ficiton.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, 2018
Prizes: $2000 first prize
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


2018 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: $25 reading 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: $25 reading fee


Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
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: $24 fee


2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
The Georgia Review is accepting entries for the 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Natasha Trethewey will serve as the final judge for this year's prize. This Is the sixth year for the prize.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Prizes: $1000 plus publication in The Georgie Review
Entry Fee: $15 entry fee (no charge for subscribers)


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: $20 fee


Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 32nd 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, 2018
Prizes: $350 first prize
Entry Fee: No 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, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 first prize
Entry Fee: $10 reading free for 6 poems or $15 reading free for 10 poems


2018 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 15, 2018
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry free


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
Entry Fee: $25 reading fee









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