July 1 Deadlines
7/1/14 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award Prizes: $1,000, $100, and publication Fee: $5 to The Comstock Review
Comstock Review Poetry Contest
4956 St. John Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13215


Judge: Kwame Dawes
Notify: October 30
Poems: Entry fee: $5/poem, no limit on number of entries; name, address, phone, e-mail, on reverse of each page; no simultaneous submissions; 40 lines of poetry maximum, Poems must be original, unpublished in any media including electronic, typed single-spaced. All winners/finalists published in Fall/Winter issue. SASE for results. No entries returned. Special offer: Order a one-year subscription with your entry at the discounted price of $17 (normally priced $20). If outside the US, add $5 per copy for postage. Make check out to The Comstock Review.

7/1/14 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20
enter online


By phone: 212-263-3973

Notify: December 31
Poems: Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document. Submissions that exceed these limits will be disqualified. Entry fee is $20 per submission. For an additional $10, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR. (Maximum: four submissions per person). If no entry fee is received, the manuscript will be considered as a general submission. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title. Do not put your name on the manuscript document. (This will be entered separately on our website.) A cover letter is not required. Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. (Please see footnote below for specific definition of “published.”) Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work. All entries will also be considered for regular publication. Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre. BLR acquires first-time North American rights.

7/1/14 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Prizes: $1,000, $200 and publication Fee: $15 to Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
PMB 121
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794


Judge: a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Notify: October 1 on website
3 poems: An Annual Series of Awards to Encourage Poets to Explore and Illuminate Positive Visions of Peace and the Human Spirit. Awards: $1,000 Adult Contestants, $200 Youth (13 to 18), $ 200 Youth (12 and under); Honorable Mentions in each category. Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem. Put name, address, telephone number, and age (if youth) in upper right hand corner on one copy of each poem. Fee: $15 for up to three poems. No fee for youth entries. Judging will be done by a committee of poets chosen by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The contest is open to people worldwide. All poems must be the original work of the poet, unpublished, and in English. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation reserves the right to publish and distribute the award-winning poems.

7/1/14 Pat Schneider Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $18 to Amherst Writers and Artists
Pat Schneider Poetry Contest
c/o Amherst Writers & Artists
P.O. Box 1076
Amherst, MA 01004


Judge: Sue Walker
Notify: fall
5 poems: Up to five poems per person will be accepted for consideration. No poem should be more than two manuscript pages. Since the poems will be judged blindly, sheets which contain the poems should not have the poet’s name on them; instead a separate sheet should list the poet’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems. Poems cannot be returned. A check or money order for $18.00 payable to Amherst Writers and Artists must accompany submission (in the memo section of the check please write “Poetry Contest”). Please write: Poetry Contest on the front of the envelope containing your poems. Only unpublished poems may be submitted to the Contest. Contest entrants are asked not to contact AWA in reference to the Contest. Winners will be notified by mail. Winners’ names will also appear on our website and in press releases.

7/1/14 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Kate Tufts Discovery Award Prizes: $100,000 & $10,000 Fee: none
Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards
Claremont Graduate University
160 E. Tenth Street, Harper East B7
Claremont, California  91711-6165
(909) 621-8974
Judges: Chase Twichell, David Barber, Stephen Burt, Kate Gale, Wendy Martin
Notify: February
Published book: Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (poetry book) and Kate Tufts Discovery Award for a first book, published between July 1 of the previous and June 30 of the current year. Manuscripts, chapbooks, and CDs are not accepted. A work may be submitted for either award only once, although the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award may submit another work in a later year for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Work must be original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States, submitted by its author or, with the poet's consent, by a publisher, agent, or other representative. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 8 copies of a book.List of previously published work. One completed copy of the entry form.

July 8 Deadlines
7/8/14 Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book Award Prizes: $4,000 and publication Fee: $28 online
enter online   Judge: Brian Barker
Book manuscript: A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts. Manuscripts should be 50-75 pages of original poetry, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 40 pages or more in length (individual poems may have been previously published). The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2500 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at SIU. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. No more than one poem per page. Please do not include illustrations. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Submit two title pages for the collection. The author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

July 15 Deadlines
7/15/14 Literal Latté Poetry Awards Prizes: $1,000, $300, $200    Fee: $10 to Literal Latté
Literal Latté Poetry Awards
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532
Poems: Send unpublished poems, 2,000 word max. All styles and subjects welcome. Name, address, telephone number on cover page only. Please put poem titles/first lines on cover page as well. Include SASE or e-mail address for reply. Include $10 Reading Fee for up to 6 poems OR $15 for 10 poems. All Entries Considered For Publication. Include Check or Money Orders made out to Literal Latte.

7/15/14 Rattle Poetry Prize Prizes: $5,000, (15x)$100, publication, and $1,000 Readers’ Choice prize Fee: $20 to RATTLE
12411 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Judge: editors
Notify: September 15
Poems: Entry fee of $20 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE. Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). International entrants MUST submit via email and credit card. Pay the entry fee via PayPal. You may submit up to four poems per entry. After paying the entry fee online, send an email to prize@rattle.com. Write the PayPal transaction ID of your subscription in the subject line. Attach one file, that includes the cover sheet and all of the poems you’re submitting in a single document. Do not attach more than one file. Only .TXT, .RTF, .DOC, .DOCX, or .PDF extensions will be opened. You will receive an auto-response immediately to let you know that your submission was received—if there are any problems with the file or process we will let you know within a week or two. Also please note that if you send multiple entries, you’ll only receive the auto-reply for the first.

7/15/14 Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Poetry Prizes: $1,000, publication Fee: $20 toThe Cincinnati Review
online only

Judge: editors
Notify: October 1
Poems: One winning poem and prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2014 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of prose, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form) will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is $20, which includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. Submissions only through our online submission manager; pay the fee through that system. Please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file. Instead, insert a cover letter with the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the work(s) submitted in the “comments” section of the online submission manager. All entries will receive equal consideration. Submissions will be accepted through our online submission manager from June 1 to July 15. October 1 announcement will appear on our website.

7/15/15 Vallum Award for Poetry Prizes: $750, $250    Fee: $25 to Vallum
5038 Sherbrooke West
PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
Montreal, QC H4A 1T0
vallumcontest[at]gmail[dot]com Judge: Stephanie Bolster
Poems: Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes. Enter and pay online at site. Fee includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Postal or e-mail entry; entry fee may be paid via PayPal. Fee includes subscription.

July 31 Deadlines
7/31/12 Marie Alexander Poetry Award Prizes: $500 and publication Fee: none
Marie Alexander Poetry Series
Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
P.O. Box 5686
Louisville, KY 40255-0686
editor@mariealexanderseries.com Judge: editors
Notify: fall
Prose poem book manuscript: The Marie Alexander Series is currently not taking unsolicited manuscripts. The contest will resume in 2015. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a chosen collection of prose poems or flash fiction by an American writer. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages, which can include some lineated pieces, along with a cover letter with complete contact information and an SASE for notification only. Postmark must be between July 1 and 31; the mailing address will be posted in early 2012. Entries should also include a simultaneous electronic submission of the manuscript (MS Word or PDF format) sent to editor@mariealexanderseries.com. There is no entry fee.

7/31/15 Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

Prizes: $250, $125, $50 (poetry; double for fiction) and publication 

Fee: $5 to Dreamquestone.com
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
alwest56@hotmail.com Judge: Andre West
Notify: September 26
Poems: Open to all poets and writers whether published or not, regardless of experience. Current and former employees of Dreamquestone.com or their relatives are not eligible. Poems must be 30 lines or fewer, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Short stories may be on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction, single or double line spacing, with a maximum of (5) pages. All entries must be original works. Entry form online. Fees: $5 per poem; $10 per short story, paid by mail or PayPal. If fee is paid online a $2 transaction fee will be added per entry fee. Each poem/story entry must be paid individually if using the PayPal payment option. All entries will be assigned an Entry Identification Number. This number will be mailed/emailed to you upon receipt of your contest entry and payment. Dreamquestone.com accepts cash, money orders, cashiers checks, and personal checks. All fees paid must be in US dollars. Postmark deadline: 07/31/2015.

7/31/14 The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Prizes: course, books   Fee: none

enter online

Phone: 020 7420 9894
e-mail: fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk
Poems: The competition is free to enter, and attracts entries not just from Britain but from around the world. Any writer between the ages of 11 and 17 ON JULY 31 can enter. Poems can also be sent by e-mail. Poets can enter as many poems as they choose, of any length and on any theme. Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances, so please make sure you send copies only. All winners and runners-up will receive book prizes donated by publishers Bloodaxe and Faber & Faber, plus free youth membership of the Poetry Society for one year, and will be invited to an awards party at the Royal Festival Hall on National Poetry Day in October. The 15 overall winners will be invited to attend the prize-winners' writing course at the Arvon Centre.

7/31/14 League of Minnesota Poets Contests Prizes: $125 +many more small $ Fee: $1/$2 per poem to LOMP Contest

Contest Chair
Susan Stevens Chambers
57310 166th Lane
Good Thunder, MN 56037

poetsue@aol.com Judges:
Notify: October
Poems: See site for many categories.