Upcoming Poetry Contests (January 2011)

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Every so often, I get asked about upcoming poetry contests (whether via
e-mail or through social networking sites). Usually I try to answer
these inquiries one-on-one, but I've decided to start sharing upcoming
contests on here to make it easier for both myself and poets interested
in submitting their work.

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and more).

Here's a list of upcoming contests for single poems:

  • The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize
    has a February 1 (postmark) deadline for a single long poem of 10-20
    pages in length (32 lines, including line breaks, equals a page). Entry
    fee is $35-45 (depending on location of poet). Entrants receive a 1-year
    subscription to the magazine. Two awards of $1,000 (CAD) are given for
    the best poems.
  • PNWA Literary Contest,
    offered by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, has a February 18
    deadline. Prizes include $700 and a Zola Award for first place and $300
    for second place. Entry fee is $35 for PNWA members and $50 for
    non-members. Poets can submit up to 3 finished poems, one poem per page.
  • Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition
    is open to New York City public high school seniors only. With a
    February 11 (postmark) deadline, this contest has a poetry/spoken word
    category, in addition to other categories, with prizes varying between
    $500 and $10,000.
  • Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
    offers $3,000 in cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,000, in
    addition to many other prizes. With a postmark deadline of February 28,
    this contest is for unpublished, individual poems by Christian poets
    only. Entry fee is $20 per poem (up to 5 poems).

Here's a list of upcoming contests for poetry collections:

  • The Robert Dana Prize for Poetry
    is offered by Anhinga Press for a poet's 1st or 2nd collection of
    poetry (previously unpublished). The winner receives $2,000, plus
    publication by Anhinga Press, in addition to a reading tour of Florida.
    The contest opens February 15 and has a postmark deadline of May 1.
  • Midland Authors Award
    has a deadline of February 15. These awards recognize the best books
    published in 2010 by authors who reside in, were born in, and/or have
    strong ties with the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
    Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South
    Dakota, and Wisconsin. No entry fee.
  • Paterson Poetry Prize
    has a February 1 deadline. This award, sponsored by The Poetry Center
    at Passaic County Community College, is for a previously published book
    of poems (48+ pages). The winner receives $1,000.
  • PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
    recognizes book-length translations published during the calendar year.
    With a $50 entry fee, this contest has a February 3 deadline. The
    winner receives $3,000.
  • Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
    offers a $300 grand prize, in addition to other prizes, for the best
    previously published collections in multiple categories. The entry fee
    is $50 for the first entry and $45 for each additional entry. Deadline
    is February 1.
  • WILLA Literary Awards
    honor books published in 2010. There's a $50 entry fee, and the winner
    receives $100, plus a trophy. Finalists receive plaques. Deadline is
    February 1.


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