September 1 Deadlines
9/1/13 Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000,$500, $250 Fee: $15
Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
  Judge: TBA
Notify: October
1–3 poems: Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, all themes and styles welcome, 42 lines max. The entry fee for 1-3 poems is $15. Poems should each be on their own sheet of paper. Multiple-page poems should be numbered and have the title on each page. Poems should not have any identifying text on them except their title, but should be accompanied by a cover letter containing the author’s contact info and the title(s) of the poem(s) being submitted. For confirmation that we received your entry, please include your e-mail address. Receipt confirmation will only be sent via email. Five honorable mentions will also be given.

9/1/13 Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15
online only Judge: Kate Durbin
1–3 poems: Each entry is $15 and comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. For Fiction/Prose and Nonfiction, the entry fee covers one 7500 word story or essay. For Poetry, the entry fee covers one packet of up to three poems. You may submit multiple entries. We accept only previously unpublished work. We do allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us promptly of publication elsewhere. Conflicts of Interest: Similar to our regular editorial policy, students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, anyone with affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

9/1/13 Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000, $250, $100 and publication Fee: $20
enter online   Judge: Susan Deer Cloud
Poems: Winners will be published in the Winter Issue of Naugatuck River Review. All entrants will receive one issue of Naugatuck River Review. All poems will be considered for publication.

9/1/13 Nano Prize Prizes: $500 and publication Fee: $15 to
online entry
Judge: Sean Lovelace
Notify: September
Flash: All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication. The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts; includes subscription. Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $15. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere. The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission. Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

9/1/12 The Sandeen Prize in Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 to University of Notre Dame
Director of Creative Writing
Sandeen Prize
Department of English
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5639 Judge:
Notify: January
Book: Biennial. The Sandeen Prize in Poetry is awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of poetry. Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement. Though the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes are open to any author who has published at least one book of short stories or one collection of poetry, we will pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection. Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available on computer disk. Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned. A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review. The volumes of the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes will be published in trade paperback format with a limited signed hardback edition (primarily for libraries). The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press. The next Ernest Sandeen prize period is May 1- Sept. 1, 2012. Selection of the winners is expected by the end of January following submission. We intend to invite the winners to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.

9/1/12 Helen Schaible Sonnet Contest Prizes: $50, $35, and $15 Fee: none
Schaible Sonnet Contest
Barbara Eaton
416 Gierz St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Notify: October
Sonnets: Open to all. Submit only one entry of either a Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet. The entry must be original and unpublished. Submit 2 copies, typed double-spaced, on standard 8½” X 11" paper with name and address on one copy in the upper right corner, but no ID on second copy. There is no fee. Winners will be notified by November 1, 2008. The poet keeps all rights. No entries will be returned. Enclose a SASE for the winner's list. All rules printed here. Rules do not change from year to year, but the chairperson may, so check the latest listings.

September 5 Deadlines
9/5/14 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,500, Festival pass, publication, reading Fee: $20 to Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
Poetry Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

Judge: Vijay Seshadri
Notify: January 15
Poems: 2-4 original poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines. See guidelines for details. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided that their poetry collection does not have an ISBN number. Authors who have published in other genres are eligible. Only previously unpublished poems accepted. Or enter online at site.

September 15 Deadlines
9/15/14 Aquillrelle Main Contest Prizes: percentage of entry fees and publication online Fee: $5
enter online   Judges:
Notify: December 31
3 poems: Length max 25 lines, blank lines included. Slightly longer poems accepted. Each poem must have a title. Accepted document formats: DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT. No corrections accepted after submission. Poems' subject: be the voice of your shoes; poems that are not related to this subject have no chance to win.

9/15/14 Finishing Line Press Chapbook Competition Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 to Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
Finishing Line Press
P.O. Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
(859) 514-8966
Notify: fall
Chapbook manuscript: The competition is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. All entries will be considered for publication. The top ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, SASE, bio, acknowledgments, two title pages--one with no name, and cover letter with a $15 entry fee. Online entry at site.

9/15/13 Orange Monkey Chapbook Contest Prizes: $500, 20 c0pies, and publication Fee: $15
enter online   Judge: TBA
Chapbook manuscript: Submit 15-35 pages of poetry through our submissions manager as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Individual poems may have been published but the collection as a whole needs to be unpublished. Please do not include any contact information on the document itself. We will contact you through the e-mail you use with Submittable. Do not attach an acknowledgements page. Our judge will be reading blindly and even an acknowledgements page can sometimes give away an identity.

9/15/13 The Paumanok Poetry Award Prizes: $1,500, (2) $750, and reading expenses Fee: $25 to Farmingdale State College, VWP
Margery L. Brown
English Department, Knapp Hall
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735 Judges:
Notify: late December
Poems: Send a cover letter, a one-paragraph bio, 3-5 of your best poems (no more than 10 pages, total), and the required $25 entry fee. Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer's name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Make checks payable to Farmingdale State University of New York, VWP. Poems will not be returned; for competition results enclose a #10 SASE for results or check the website.

9/15/12 Princemere Poetry Prize Prizes: $300 and publication Fee: none
Princemere Poetry Prize
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984
Notify: December
3 poems: for the best unpublished poem in any style. Submit via or postmark. Entry fee: none. We prefer that the poet’s name not appear on the poems and that entries be typed and single-spaced. Please include a cover letter or title page with the poet’s name, contact information, and the titles of the poems. For paper submissions, include SASE for notification and return of manuscript. All submissions considered for publication; author will be contacted for permission. Submissions are judged blind. Princemere staff and their family members are not eligible to participate.

9/15/14 The Reuben Rose Poetry Competition Prizes: $500, $150, $50, and publication Fee: $6 per poem

Submission by  online entry form or by email to

  Judge: Willa Schneburg, Breindel Lieba Kasher, Miriam Green
Notify: end of February
Poems: Poems should be unpublished. Entries may deal with any topic. Focus need not be Jewish or Israeli. Challenging, humorous and/or eccentric poetry is welcome but typographical tricks are discouraged. Maximum length is 40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title. Poems are judged without the poets' names. Submission period: Entries must be received no earlier than June 15th and no later than September 15th. Cost for non-members: US$6 for 1 poem, $12 for 3 poems, $18 for 6 poems. Payment by check only made out to Voices Israel and sent to: Voices Israel, c/o Chanita Millman, 15 Shachar Street, Beit Hakerem, Jerusalem 9626323, Israel. Please attach a note saying that you are paying for entry to the competition. After deletion of the entrants' names, the poems will be judged by three independent judges.

9/15/12 Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Contest Prizes: $50 and books in each category, plus publication Fee: none
e-mail only Judge: Andrew Joron
Notify: November 1
Poems: open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 0–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). A special prize for the best poem by a non-SFPA-member poet (chosen from entries of any length) will also be awarded. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Send no more than one previously unpublished poem per category (Dwarf, Short, Long). Previously unpublished poetry only. Submissions by e-mail only. Poems must be included in the body of the e-mail or sent as .rtf attachments; no other methods will be accepted. If a poem contains unique formatting, please send it in .rtf format. Please use single spacing; if pasting into e-mail from a .doc, convert your poems to plain text format. Indicate indentation with spaces, NOT tabs, and italics with _underlines_. Indicate if you are NOT an SFPA member; an additional prize will be awarded to the best poem by a non-member. Confirmation of receipt of your submission should follow within 2 days. Announcement of winners will be posted on the SFPA website by November 1. 1st prize in each category (Dwarf, Short, Long, Non-Member): $50 cash plus one-year membership (membership extension or cash equivalent where applicable) plus publications donated by membership. Choice of one publication donated by SFPA members for runners-up. Publication on Poetry Planet ( podcast magazine and on the SFPA website for winners and runners-up.

9/15/12 Robert Watson Literary Prizes Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $14 to The Greensboro Review
The Robert Watson Literary Prizes
The Greensboro Review
MFA Writing Program
3302 HHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Notify: December 31
Poems: Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Page restrictions: Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages. Each story counts as one entry. Entry fee: $14 for each entry (make checks payable to The Greensboro Review). Each fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply. Manuscripts will not be returned. No e-mail submissions. All manuscripts meeting the above requirements and submitted by September 15 will be considered for cash award as well as for publication in The Greensboro Review. Winning manuscripts will appear in the Spring issue of The Greensboro Review. All manuscripts not accepted for publication will be released to the authors by December 31. The outside of the envelope must be marked “Fiction,” or “Poetry.” Each entry in each category must be mailed in a separate envelope. Online entry at website.

September 29 Deadlines
9/29/12 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest Prizes: % of entry fees and more! Fee: $1 per poem to Rick Lupert
Entry information at website
  Judges: previous winners
Notify: October 17
Poems: Open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges). Fill out entry form online; e-mail poems as directed; pay entry fee as directed. This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the three top-scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List at site).

September 30 Deadlines
9/30/12 6-Word Story Prize Prize: a stay at The Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan* and publication Fee: none

e-mail only

Judges: Tobias Hill & Brooke Magnanti
Notify: September 30

6-word stories: Send up to five six-word stories to by noon on September 30th, 2012. Include your name, address and a brief biography. Short-listed entries, selected by Fleeting, will be published. *The winner’s room must be booked in arrangement with Fleeting Magazine within a year of the closing date. Alternatively, it may be exchanged for cash: £100 ($160 / €130). By entering the competition, you give permission for your name and six-word story to be used by Fleeting Magazine and other publications.

9/30/12 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize Prizes: $2,500 ($1,000 cash prize and $1,500 honorarium to cover reading expenses) and publication Fee: $25 to The University of Wisconsin Press
Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prizes
c/o Ronald Wallace, UW Press Poetry Series Editor
Department of English
600 N. Park Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
Ronald Wallace, Editor
Notify: February

Book manuscript: Manuscripts postmarked September 1 through September 30 each calendar year will be considered. All submissions must be unbound (no binders, clamps, etc., please), typewritten on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and should be 50-80 manuscript pages in length. Clean photocopies are acceptable. Poet's name, address, and telephone number should appear on the title page. The Press should be informed of any address change. The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included but must be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance. Manuscripts will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions are permitted provided the poet agrees to inform the Press of the manuscript's acceptance elsewhere. The final selections will be made by a distinguished poet who will remain anonymous until the winner is announced. A #10 SASE must accompany the manuscript. Make checks or money orders payable to "The University of Wisconsin Press," in the amount of $25. Checks are required. Do not send currency. Foreign entries: please remit reading fee in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. Recycled paper is preferred. Unpadded mailing envelopes are preferred. Manuscripts cannot be returned; unsuccessful submissions will be recycled. Please do not enclose return packaging. First Class or Priority Mail is preferred. Manuscripts may be typed single-spaced with a double space in between stanzas, or may be double-spaced.

9/30/12 Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition Prizes: £150 and publication, £100, £50 Fee: £3/£2.50
online only
Notify: mid-November
Poems:  Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything from a limerick to a poem of 30 lines in length is accepted. The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

9/30/12 Goldline Press Chapbook Competition Prizes: $500 and 40 copies Fee: $15 online
online only   Judge: Mark Irwin
Notify: January
Chapbook manuscript: Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction entries (not including the title page and table of contents). Manuscripts should be paginated with a table of contents at the beginning, unless the form of the book does not warrant it. Include a cover page with title only. No identifying material should appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Your identifying information will be available to us via our submission manager when needed. Please do not include an acknowledgments page. Individual poems/short stories may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be original and unpublished. The manuscript must be in English. Translations are ineligible. The $15 entry fee ($18 for applicants outside the US or Canada) includes a copy of the winning chapbook in your genre. All manuscripts must be received by November 1, 2011. Multiple submissions are acceptable as long as they are submitted separately with separate entry fees. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be sure to withdraw your submission via Submishmash if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please update any changes in contact information via your profile on Submishmash. No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered. The author of the winning manuscript will have the opportunity to make revisions prior to publication. Friends, colleagues, and current or former students of the judges — as well as current students of English or Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and recent alumni (graduating years 2006 to present) — are not eligible to compete. In January 2012 we will announce contest results by email, as well as at the website. The winning chapbooks will be published in spring. Winner receives $500 and 40 copies of the perfect-bound chapbook, 30 of which are sent to magazines and other venues for review.

9/30/12 The Green Rose Prize in Poetry Prizes: $2,000 and publication Fee: $25 to New Issues Poetry & Prose
The Green Rose Prize
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463
  Judge: editors
Notify: January or February
Book manuscript: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please do not bind manuscript. A manila folder or metal clasp will do. Include a brief bio and relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript. Please include a table of contents. Manuscripts will be recycled. Enclose an SASP for notification that the manuscript has been received, or your canceled check may be used as notification. For results enclose an SASE. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript's acceptance elsewhere. The winning manuscript will be published in spring. New Issues does not consider manuscripts outside the context of its competitions.

9/30/12 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest Prizes: $3,000, $1,000, $400, $250, (6x) $150, publication Fee: $8 per 25 lines to Winning Writers
Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
  Judge: John H. Reid
Notify: December
Poems: any style and on any theme; Cash Prizes. The top 14 entries will be published on the Winning Writers website (over one million page views per year) and announced in Tom Howard Contest News and the Winning Writers Newsletter, a combined audience of over 20,000 readers.. Entry fees are $6 for every 25 lines (or part thereof). How to enter: Entries may be submitted and entry fees paid online at website. Entries may also be submitted by post. To submit your entry online, upload your poems (as a text or Word 2000 or RTF file) after your payment has been processed. You can just send the entry by e-mail if you have trouble uploading your online entry. Entry forms are not required. By entering poems in this contest, however, you agree to abide by the judge's decision, and that his decision is final. If your poem is selected for publication, you will be required to sign a declaration that the poem is your original work and that, if it has previously been published, you still have the right to assign publication in both a printed anthology and online. Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with your name, postal address, and your e-mail address (if any). There is no maximum limit on the number of lines, or number of entries, you may submit. Please note that the entry fee of $6 per 25 lines is calculated on the total number of lines. Please keep a copy of your poems as entries will not be returned. If you do not have an e-mail address and would like a copy of the results, please send an SASE.

9/30/12 The Journal Award Prizes: $3,000 and publication Fee: $25 to The Ohio State University
Poetry Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus OH 43210-1002
Notify: January 15
Book manuscript: The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, selects one full-length manuscript of poetry each year for publication by Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $3,000. Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be postmarked during the month of September. Entries postmarked later than September 30 will be returned unread. Clear photocopies are acceptable. You name or other identification should only appear on the cover page. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified. Include a nonrefundable handling fee of $25 with each manuscript (check or money order payable to Ohio State University). Entrants will receive a one-year subscription (two issues) to The Journal. Include a #10 SASE for results. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include an SASP to confirm receipt of your manuscript. OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.

9/30/12 Juniper Prize for Poetry Prizes: $1,500, reading, and publication Fee: $25 to Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts Press
2013 Juniper Prize
University of Massachusetts Press
East Experiment Station, 671 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003 Judge: anonymous panel
Notify: April
Book manuscript: During even-numbered years (2012, 2014, 2016), the judges will consider only manuscripts by writers who already have published at least one full-length book of poetry. During odd-numbered years (2011, 2013, 2015), the judges will consider only manuscripts by writers who have not previously published a book of poetry. All manuscripts will be judged anonymously. In alternating years, the program is open to poets either with or without previously published books. The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscript, and the author receives a $1,500 award and is invited to read in the University's Visiting Writers Series. Manuscripts must be paginated and be between 50 and 70 pages in typescript. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each submission should have two cover pages—one listing the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, phone number, and email address; and a second page listing only the title. The author's name should not appear after the first cover page. Include the following along with your manuscript: Paginated contents page. List of acknowledgments for poems in the manuscript that have been published or are slated for publication in literary journals and/or anthologies. $25 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order payable in U.S. dollars / drawn on a U.S. bank, to Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts Press). Please indicate "POETRY / your manuscript title" in the memo field on the check. Manuscripts will not be returned.. You may include a SASP for confirmation of receipt. Entries postmarked after September 30 will be returned. The Press and the board assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts, and suggest that you retain a copy for your protection. Ineligible: Manuscripts by more than one author; Entries of more than one manuscript within the same year; Translations; Manuscripts from employees and students of the University of Massachusetts, and former Juniper Prize winners. Chapbooks will not be accepted.

9/30/12 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Prizes: $2,000 and publication Fee: $25 to Fresno State (Levine Prize)
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Department of English, Mail Stop PB98
5245 North Backer Avenue,
California State University–Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740 Judge: Cornelius Eady
Book manuscript: Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-80 pages. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts will be screened and judged anonymously. All poets are eligible except current or former faculty or students of California State University, Fresno. Please bind your manuscript with a binder clip only. Online entry $3.38 additional.

9/30/12 The Morton Marr Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000, $500, and publication Fee: $5 per poem to the Southwest Review
The Morton Marr Poetry Prize
The Southwest Review
P.O. Box 750374
Dallas TX 75275-0374

Poems: This contest is open to writers who have not yet published a first book of poetry. Contestants may submit no more than six, previously unpublished poems in a "traditional" form (e.g. sonnet, sestina, villanelle, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, etc.). Poems should be printed blank with name and address information only on a cover sheet or letter. (If work is submitted online, please omit the author's name from the final "submission content text area"). There is a $5 per poem entry/handling fee. Postmarked deadline for entry is September 30. Submissions will not be returned. For notification of winning poems, include a SASE. Online entry and payment at site.

9/30/15 Nature International Literary Contest Prizes: copy of Scrivener writing software and publication Fee: $1.10 per poem
online only

Judge: Synchronized Chaos staff
Notify: end of October
Poems: We want to select 36 poems and 4 stories for an anthology that will be published as an e-book in Windows 8. Rules: Every person in the world can participate as long as the submitted work is written in English; Each person can submit one or two poems, with no word limit, and one story, with maximum 3000 words; The first prize is the software Scrivener for Windows or Mac; All the selected works will be part of the Anthology, that will be available for free for at least 100 countries; Entry minimum donation 1 Pound, 1.05 Euros or 1.10 USD per poem and 2 Pounds, 2.10 Euros or 2.20 USD per tale. The donation will be used to help partners, to plant trees and build a monetary prize for the next contest. Maximum donation accepted 10 Pounds, 11 Euros, 12 USD. The Anthology will be published during November 2015 and the first prize will be given as soon as possible; Works should be sent to Rui M. at together with name, works, country and e-mail contact. Put "International Literary Contest “Poems and Short Fiction for Nature – 2015”" in subject line. Payment of the donation must be done using PayPal to

9/30/12 The New Criterion Poetry Prize Prizes: $3,000 and publication Fee: $25, by money order or certified check, to The New Criterion
The New Criterion Poetry Prize
900 Broadway, Suite 602
New York, NY 10003
  Judges: Debora Greger, Roger Kimball & David Yezzi
Notify: February
Book manuscript: For a book-length manuscript of poems that pay close attention to form. An entrance fee of $25, by money order or certified check only (no personal checks), must accompany each manuscript. Personal checks will not be accepted. Manuscripts should not exceed 60 pages in length. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned.

9/30/11 Jessie Bryce Niles
Chapbook Competition
Prizes: $1,000, 50 copies, publication Fee: $25 to Comstock Review

Chapbook Contest
4956 St. John Drive
Syracuse, NY 13215

  Judge: Kathleen Bryce Niles
Notify: end of December
Chapbook manuscript: Biennial. Submit manuscripts only between August 1 & September 30. Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals. We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Submit 25-34 pages of poetry; one single-spaced page equals 38 lines maximum, including spacing between lines. Poems may run longer than 1 page. Do not count title page, acknowledgments, dedication, or bio in the page count Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified. Do not send illustrations, photos, or any other graphics attached to the poems. You may submit a table of contents, which may list the manuscript name only, not the poet's name (not counted in page total for manuscript). Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip; no staples or plastic covers. Include 2 cover pages: 1 with manuscript title, poet's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; second with title only. List acknowledgments on a separate, removable page with same identifying information. Acknowledgement page is not sent to screening editors. Poet's name should not appear on poems. Include #10 SASE for results only. NO manuscripts will be returned. Each entrant receives a copy of winning chapbook.

9/30/12 Red Hen Press Poetry Award Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to Red Hen Press
Attn: Red Hen Press Poetry Award
Red Hen Press
P.O. Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114
  Judge: Cynthia Hogue
Notify: 2013
Poems: Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in the Los Angeles Review published by Red Hen Press. Entry fee $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Name on cover sheet only. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by September 30. The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions: A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press; B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press; C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors; D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety.

9/30/13 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest Prizes: $3,000, $1,000, $400, $250, (6x)$150, and publication Fee: $8 for every 25 lines
Winning Writers
Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
  Judge: John H. Reid
Notify: December 15
Poems: This contest seeks poems in traditional verse forms. Winning entries will be published. Writers of all nations may enter. Entries should be submitted online or postmarked by September 30. Online submission and payment by credit card, or submission by mail and payment by check or money order; see site. What are traditional verse forms? By traditional verse, we mean poems that use a metrical or formal structure, such as sonnets, ballads, odes, blank verse and haiku. All prize winners will be published in an anthology, and all winners will receive a free copy of the anthology. The reading fee is $8 for every 25 lines you submit, payable to Winning Writers. Exclude your poem titles and any blank lines from your line count. There is no limit on the number of lines or number of poems you may submit. There are no limits on theme. All submissions must be in English. If your entry wins a prize, you agree to its being published in print and online by John H. Reid. You retain all other rights.Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights.

9/30/12 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Prizes: $3,000 and publication Fee: $25 to Red Hen Press
Attn: Benjamin Saltman Award
Red Hen Press
P.O. Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114
  Judge: Katharine Coles
Notify: 2013
Book manuscript: Award is $3000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31. The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions: A) Authors who have had a full length work published by or currently under consideration by Red Hen Press; B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press; C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors; D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety. All manuscripts shall be submitted to the judges without any identifying material. Bios, acknowledgments, etc. shall be removed from judged manuscripts until the conclusion of the competition.

9/30/12 The May Swenson Poetry Award Prizes: $1,000, publication, royalties Fee: $25 to Utah State University Press
May Swenson Poetry Award
Utah State University Press
3078 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-3078
  Judge: Edward Field
Book manuscript: Submitted collections must be original poetry in English, 50 to 100 pages. No restrictions on form or subject. Submit one copy of the manuscript. Name, address, phone, and email address on cover sheet only. $25 reading fee includes copy of winning book. SASE for announcement of winner. Manuscript will not be returned. Judge reserves the right to declare no winner in any given year.

9/30/14 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Prizes: $5,000, publication, reading Fee: $28 to the University of Arkansas Press
enter online   Judge: Billy Collins, Series Editor
Notify: July 15
Book manuscript: The series is open to all book-length manuscripts by a single author of 60 to 90 pages, double-spaced, except translations. Individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, and anthologies. No more than one manuscript per author, please.