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Poetry


Annual Short Grain Contest – http://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.htm
Annual contest seeks original, unpublished poems in four categories. Prize money totals $6,000. Deadline: January 31.
Bridport Prize – http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/
An international creative writing competition for poetry (under 42 lines) and short stories (under 5,000 words). Prize money totals ten thousand pounds. Entry fee: Six pounds. Deadline: June 30, each year.
Comstock Review Annual Poetry Contest – http://www.comstockreview.org
Original, unpublished poems are sought. Maximum length: 40 lines. Entry fee: $3 per poem. Prize pool: $1,350. Deadline: July 1. Selected poems will be published.
Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes – http://dorothysargentrosenbergmemorialfund.org
Poetry prizes from $1,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for heartfelt lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life. Deadline: November 6. Entry fee: $10. Open to any writer under the age of 40.
First Writer Poetry Competition – http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition.shtml
Annual contest offers first prize of £500 (over $750), with $150 for the best runner-up from the United States and £100 for the best runner-up from the United Kingdom for a poem in any style and on any subject. Length: under 30 lines. Minimum entry fee: 3 pounds. Deadline: October 1.
Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award – http://www.bitteroleander.com/contest.html
Annual contest offers a $1,000 cash award, plus publication, for an imaginative work. Reading fee: $10. Deadline: June 15.
Georgia Poetry Society Contests – http://www.georgiapoetrysociety.org/contests.htm
Offers a number of contests throughout the year, international in scope, for short poems.
Griffin Poetry Prize – http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com
Griffin Poetry Prizes, worth C$40,000 each, are annual international and Canadian literary awards for poetry written or translated into English. Publishers only are invited to submit collections of poetry in traditional print format each calendar year.
Haiku Contest Announcements – http://www.haikuworld.org/contests/
Provides details of haiku contests around the world.
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize – http://www.ohiou.edu/oupress/poetryprize.htm
Seeks manuscript collections of unpublished poems. Prize: $500 cash, plus publication. Reading fee: $15. Deadline: October 31.
Juniper Prize for Poetry Contest – http://www.umass.edu/umpress/juniper.html
Original manuscripts of at least fifty pages are sought by The University of Massachusetts Press which will publish the winning collection of original poetry. Entry fee: $20. Submissions accepted August1 through September 30.
Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize – http://www.proaxis.com/~calyx/lois.html
Publication plus $300 award. Postmarked March 1 through May 31. There is a $15 fee per entry. Women writers only.
Lost Horse Press – http://www.losthorsepress.org
The Idaho Prize is open to U.S. authors only. It offers $1000 plus publication for a book-length poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: May 15.
Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse – http://www.poetrycontests.exactpages.com
Annual awards totaling $2,000 (including a $1,000 First Prize) are made for poems in traditional verse forms. Any variations on metrical, rhyming and/or formal poems are eligible. The judge’s interpretation of “traditional” is loose rather than strict. No restriction on previous publication or previous awards. Minimum: 25 lines. Maximum: No limit. Minimum entry fee: $5. Closing date: June 30.
Ohio State University Press Poetry Contest – http://www.ohiostatepress.org
A $2,000 poetry contest for book-length manuscripts (at least 48 pages), sponsored by the Ohio State University’s literary magazine, “The Journal”. Reading fee: $25. Entries must be postmarked during the month of September.
People Before Profits Poetry Prize – http://www.bbbooks.com/contests.html
An annual prize for an original poem on a “people before profits” theme. $10 entry fee. $200 prize. Deadline: March 1.
Poetry Contest Caution – http://windpub.com/literary.scams/
Provides a listing of some on-line poetry websites which sponsor misleading or deceptive “contests”, for which no entry fees are usually charged.
Poetry Kit Directory of Competitions – http://www.poetrykit.org/comps.htm
A listing of worldwide, English-language poetry contests, including those who do not maintain a web site.
Poetry London – http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk/
One of Britain’s leading poetry magazines, features original poems, and reviews, and sponsors a rewarding annual contest for unpublished poems, less than 80 lines in length. Winners have been announced for 2003 contest.
Ragged Raven’s International Poetry Competition – http://www.raggedraven.co.uk/competition.htm
Annual contest seeks poems of any length and on any subject. Prize money totals 450 pounds. Entry fee: 3 pounds. Closing date: October 31, 2003.
Reuben Rose Annual Poetry Competition – http://www.poetry-voices.8m.com
Annual competition seeks poems on general themes, not more than forty lines in length. Three monetary prizes totalling $800, also honarary mentions. All poems judged anonymously. Entry fee: $5. per poem. Deadline each year-: October 7 2008.
Slipstream Press Poetry Contest – http://www.slipstreampress.org
An annual poetry chapbook contest, worth $1,000, seeking up to forty pages of poetry in any style, format or theme. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 1, each year.
Swift Satire Poetry Competition – http://www.swiftsociety.com
Submissions are invited for a satirical poem, in the spirit and style of Swift, on a topic of social/political interest. First Prize: Euro 1,000. Closing Date: July 24, 2004.
The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards – http://www.cgu.edu/tufts
An annual award of $100,000 is offered for a published book of original poetry by a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien.
The New Writer Poetry and Prose Prizes – http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm
Annual contest seeks both single and multiple (six to ten) poems, plus short stories and essays. 2,500 pounds in prize pool. Entry fees vary from 4 pounds to 10 pounds.
The Poetic Link – http://thepoeticlink.com/
An interactive data base, publishing submitted works and critiques and offering monthly prizes for best poet and best critiquer. Includes membership form and contest rules.
Tom Howard Poetry Contest – http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com
Annual contest, closing September 30, 2005, seeks original poems in any style, on any theme, and of any length. Published verse and simultaneous submissions are okay. Prize money totals $2,000, including a First Prize of $1,000. All prizewinners also receive a free copy of the Anthology of winning entries. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines.
Utmost Christian Poetry Contest – http://www.utmostchristianwriters.com
Annual Christian poetry contest, closing each February, offers $4000 in cash prizes with other poetry contests year round.
Voices Network – http://www.voicesnet.com
Features quarterly poetry competitions, with no entry fees. Open to all, though entries from children are judged by less strict criteria. Cash prizes total $175.
Winning Writers – http://www.winningwriters.com/
Offers several annual competitions, among them a contest on the specific theme of War and a parody competition. Includes link lists, recommendations for reading and an online guide to poetry contests for subscribers.
Wolf Poetry Competition – http://members.tripod.com/~SAYANAWOLF/poetry.html
An annual poetry competition, seeking original, unpublished poems, five to thirty lines in length. Theme: wolves. Closing date: December 12. Entry fee: $5.

Comments on: "Poetry" (1)

  1. wow, thanks for all the hard work of gathering that information – at this point I do submit, but now am giving much away for free!

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