by deadline date
bene: this list is for your
convenience only! This website should not be construed as endorsing
or supporting these contests in any way; while many of them are both
reputable and prestigious, poets should read the rules and conditions
carefully before entering. Discussions of poetry contest scams can
be found at sfwa.org/beware/contests.html
This site is maintained as a public service in the webmaster's
oh-so-copious spare time, and receives no funds to
support it, other than through the extremely sporadic
kindess of individuals. Entities wishing to contribute may donate
PayPal to email@example.com, or press unmarked bills upon Jeannie
when you see her at the poetic venues of Madison. For incredibly
complete and up-to-date listings, pay
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for which competitions might not be listed include:
restricted to non-Wisconsin locations (this website is maintained as
a local, i.e. Madison, Wisconsin, poetry public service).
- has no website—we've become suspicious of entities that can't even manage to put up a free blog.
- the entry fee exceeds 2% of the prize value without furnishing significant
other compensation, e.g. a copy of the winning book, a subscription,
t-shirt, massive prestige, etc. We are somewhat more lenient when entries can be sent electronically, saving postage and other resources.
haven't heard of it—send info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
thinking of also not listing—and recommending that you boycott—contests
that fail to name the judge, give a notification date, or provide contact
info other than a P.O. box. Entities sponsoring contests, take note.
Poets, spend your $ on contest
policies. More of my rants on this subject in the 2008 Poet's Market,
and at Disorient
|January 2: Wis.
Fellowship of Poets STUDENT POETRY CONTEST
Fellowship of Poets annual poetry contest for students attending
public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin: JUNIOR DIVISION
(grades 6-8) and SENIOR DIVISION (grades 9-12). Prizes in each division:
1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20, Honorable Mentions. The winners from
each division will be published in the Wisconsin Poets' Calendar.
For rules: http://wfop.org/contests/student.html
$500 for 500 SF Prose Poem/Flash Fiction Contest
unpublished speculative prose poems or flash fiction for the $500
OddContest. $10 adult entry fee; $50 prize with no entry fee for
youth. 2013 judge: Louis Jenkins. Results posted by March 15.
See http://odysseycon.org/contest/contest.html for
1: Wis. Fellowship of Poets Muse Prize
for Excellence in Poetry
poets. First Prize $200 and
trophy; Second Prize $100; Third Prize $75. Contest opens December
1; deadline February 1. For rules and entry form http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html
or send an SASE to: WFOP/Muse/Jagielski, 572 Berwyn Drive, Fontana, WI 53125-1556
15 (biennial): 2012William
Staffford Award for Poetry.The
winning poem will be awarded $1,000, publication of the
and three copies of the contest issue.
Four poets whose poems are judged to be "runnerups" will
be awarded $100, publication and three copies of the issue. Send
3-5 original unpublished poems, any style
or theme, (one copy of each poem, each no longer than one page,
may not be handwritten) and the required entry
of $10 (check payable to Rosebud/Stafford Prize; cash also accepted).
The poet's name and address should be on the upper right-hand
of each page. Include a cover letter with a brief
bio. Enclose SASE. See http://rsbd.net/stafford2008rules.htm.
Send to the judge:
c/o Stafford Poetry Award
P.O. Box 614
Cambridge, WI 53523
1: Milwaukee Irish
Fest Poetry Contest
Donn Goodwin prize is named after a Wisconsin poet, linguist,
and educator who was active in supporting Irish and Irish-American
writing and poetry. An award of $100 will be given to the winning
poem. This contest is open to all.
• The Joseph Gahagan prize of $100 will be awarded in memory of the man
who served as poetry consultant to Irish Fest for many years and was a lecturer
in the English department of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Only
current residents of Wisconsin are eligible for this prize.
The awards will be given to the entries best reflecting Irish
or Irish-American poetry traditions. While the poems do not
necessarily need to have direct Irish or Irish-American themes,
the winning entries should have a cultural/literary relation
to either Ireland or Irish-America. Each
contestant should submit no more than one poem; however,
Wisconsin residents may submit one poem for each contest.
Entries must be received between June 15 and August 1.
All entries must be typewritten and mailed. No handwritten, faxed,
or e-mail submissions will be accepted. All entries should be
mailed to: Milwaukee Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue, Milwaukee,
WI 53213, Attention: Poetry Contest. Each entry should have a
cover sheet that contains the poet’s
name, address, telephone number, and/or FAX and/or e-mail address. It should
indicate whether the poem is being submitted for the Goodwin or for the Gahagan
Prize, and it should be stapled to the entry. The poet’s name or other
identifying information should not appear on the poem.
Each entry should be the poet’s original work and should
not have appeared previously in any publication. No
entries will be returned. Contestants are urged to keep copies
of their submissions and to put a clear return address on
the envelope in case of non-delivery. http://www.irishfest.com/festival/atthefest/contests/poetrycontest.php
1 (received): Pleasant
T. Rowland Foundation/ Vermont Studio Center Fellowship for Madison,
WI area visual artists & writers The
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center are
pleased to announce the availability of three Residency Fellowships
available to visual artists and writers who are residents of the
Madison, WI area. Each Fellowship provides a month-long Residency
at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and includes: Uninterrupted
working time in a private studio, Access to the counsel of seven
Distinguished Visiting Artists and Writers (3 painters/ 2 sculptors/
2 writers) per month, Three meals a day, Comfortable, private accommodations,
The companionship of a national and international community of talented
working artists and writers. The Residency period: any month between
January and May. Applications must be received by October 1. Notification of results December 1. For more information
and to apply:
- Download an application at www.vermontstudiocenter.org
- call: (802) 635-2727
VSC, PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656.
Be sure to clearly mark "Rowland—Madison award" on the restricted
fellowship line provided on the application.
15: Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest
People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best poetry
and fiction from around the state, and now it's your chance to become
a part of Wisconsin's new literary canon. Enter your poems and short
stories in our annual contests, which have deadlines of December
15, and receive up to $500 and other prizes along with publication
in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading at the 2011
Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison. In addition, first-place winners
will receive a one-week stay at a venue TBD. Poetry contest winners receive prizes of $500 (first place, the John Lehman Poetry Award),
$100 (second place), and $50 (third place). Winning poems appear
in Wisconsin People & Ideas, with
10 runners-up in the summer and fall issues. The first-prize
poet receives a three-hour CD recording/editing
session at Abella Studios. For details and rules, visit http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/poetrycontest