December 1 Deadlines
12/1/14 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $5 to the University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize
The Evansville Review
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47722
  Judge: Willis Barnstone
Translations: The competition welcomes submissions of unpublished translations of poems from any language and time period—ancient to contemporary. The length limit for each translation is 200 lines. Please staple the translation to a copy of the original poem which identifies the poet, and put the name, address, and telephone number of the translator (or translators) on the back of the translation page. Also, since entries will not be returned, please include SASE for results. Please note: translations of poems for which the translator has not secured the rights-to-publish are eligible for the contest, but only translations of poems in the public domain or with the rights secured can be considered for publication in The Evansville Review. Limit: 10 submissions per translator. Entry Fee: $5 for the first poem; $3 for each subsequent poem. Please make checks payable to the University of Evansville.

12/1/14 Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest Prize: $600 + handbound chapbook of winner's poems, $400, and publication Fee: $10
online only   Judge: Amy Catanzano
Poems: Submit up to 3 unpublished poems with a $10 reading fee.

12/1/14 Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition Prizes: $500 + $500 honorarium, letterpress publication, arts colony stay Fee: $25 to The Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
  Judges: Cornelius Eady & Sharon Dolin
Notify: April
Chapbook manuscript: The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. The winning manuscript will be awarded publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, ten of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center. The winning poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall, as well as an exclusive opportunity to stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers. Please submit a collection or sequence of original poems or a single long poem not to exceed 500 lines or 24 pages (no translations). The cover page should contain, on a single detachable page, the manuscript title, and author’s name, along with address, phone number, and email. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else. A second title page should be provided without the author’s name or other identification, a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems. Please note that the 500-line or 24-page limit does not include the cover page, title pages, table of contents, or acknowledgements pages. Manuscripts should be bound with a simple spring clip. NOTE: Poems may have appeared in journals or anthologies but not as part of a book-length collection. Competition is open to all poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length book. Reading Fee: $25 check payable to The Center for Book Arts. Include #10 SASE for notification of the winner. Manuscripts will not be returned.

12/1/14 The James Dickey Prize For Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20
online entry   Judge: Editors
Notify: Spring
3 poems: Send three previously unpublished poems no more than fifty lines each. Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats: .PDF, .DOC or .DOCX. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on the Five Points website. Submit and pay online.

12/1/14 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship Prizes: 7-month Winter Fellowships  Fee: $50
apply online


Notify: May 15
Short Manuscript: The Fine Arts Work Center offers seven-month fellowships to twenty fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of $750. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1. Fellows are expected to live and work in Provincetown during the fellowship year. Frequent presentations by visiting artists and writers as well as readings by Writing Fellows. Visiting artists and writers engage in dialogue with the Fellows throughout the year. The Center also seeks to identify local and national venues for both Fellows and Former Fellows to share their work. Writing Fellows are housed in two- to three-room apartments. Eligibility: Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers and visual artists in the emerging stages of their careers. Juries of professionals make the admissions decisions. Writers may apply in fiction and poetry. The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. Submit the appplication form, downloadable from the website, and eight copies of a manuscript of no more than 15 pages.

12/1/14 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem Prizes: $2,000, $250 (x 2), and publication Fee: $36 to The Fiddlehead
The Fiddlehead Contest
Campus House, 11 Garland Court
UNB PO Box 4400
Fredericton NB
E3B 5A3 CANADA Judges:
Notify: end of February
3 poems: Up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This means that an entry must not be under consideration elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered in any other contest. Work that has appeared on the internet is considered published and is ineligible. Judging for the contest is blind. Do not identify yourself on your actual submission. Include a separate cover page that has on it the entry’s title(s), the category your entry goes in (short fiction or poetry), and your name and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and, if you have one, your email address). All entries must be submitted by mail and postmarked by 1 December (or the next business day if the 1st falls on a weekend). No faxed, digital, or emailed submissions are allowed. Word-processed or typed entries only. Please use white paper, print only on one side; 12-point fonts preferred. Clip the sheets together, do not staple. Manuscripts will not be returned. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead.

12/1/14 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Prizes: $3,000 and US & UK publication  Fee: $25/$27 to The Waywiser Press
The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
The Waywiser Press
P.O. Box 6205
Baltimore, MD 21206
Notify: May
Book Manuscript: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Entrants may not have published more than one previous collection of poems, though they may have published an unlimited number of books belonging to other genres, and individual poems from the submitted collection may have been published in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks of 32 pages or less, or self-published books of 46 pages or less. Nobody who has a book published by or forthcoming from Waywiser may enter. Manuscripts must be in English, and the original work of the entrant (though as much as one third of the poems they contain can consist of public-domain or permission-secured translations). Manuscripts must be 48–88 pages, preferably in 11-point type, on standard white paper, using one side of the paper only. Pages must be numbered consecutively, and a table of contents, as well as a list of acknowledgements (where appropriate), should be supplied. The author's name and contact details (i.e. physical address, phone number and email address [where possible]) must appear on the front page of the manuscript and nowhere else. No illustrative material should be sent, unless it forms an inextricable part of the manuscript. A list of previous poetry book publications (where applicable) should be enclosed. Manuscripts should be bound with a spring- or bulldog-clip (no paperclips or staples, please, and no folders, files or boxes). Entry form (on website) must be enclosed. For notification of receipt of entry, include SASP with the words "Hecht Prize: Entry Received" appropriately entered. For results, include SASE. Postal or online entry.

12/1/14 The Lyric College Poetry Contest Prizes: $500, $100, and publication Fee: none
College Poetry Contest
c/o Tanya Cimonetti
1393 Spear Street
So. Burlington VT 05403
or via e-mail to tanyacim at aol dot com Judge:
Poems: For undergraduates enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college. Winners will be announced and published in the Winter issue of The Lyric. Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferable with regular scansion and rhyme. The following information must appear on each poem: Student’s name and complete address; College’s name and complete address. Contestants should retain copies of all poems.

12/1/14 Meringoff Awards Prizes: $2,000 Fee: $45 membership
Stephen J. Meringoff Literary Contests
Association of Literary Scholars and Writers
650 Beacon St. Suite 510
Boston MA 02215
United States
  Judges: Greg Delanty and David Curzon
Poems: Awards of $2000 each, in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries should be previously unpublished. There is no entry fee for current members of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. For everyone else membership in the ALSCW is required, which is $45 for first-year members. For the Meringoff Poetry award, each entry can be one poem, or a group of poems that add up to no more than 150 lines. All entries will be judged anonymously. With each entry please include one copy with your name, email address, postal address and phone number and another copy without your name and contact information.

12/1/15 The Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award Prize: $1,000 Fee: none
The Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award
Hawaii Council for the Humanities
3599 Waialae Ave # 25
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-5402
Published work: Biennial. The poet must write in English and have a body of work over a period of years. Elaborate protocol; see site.


Slipstream Press Poetry Chapbook Competition Prizes: $1,000, 50 copies, and publication  Fee: $20 to Slipstream
Dept. W-1
P.O. Box 2071
Niagara Falls, New York 14301 Judges:
Notify: late spring/early summer
Chapbook manuscript: A winner is selected in the spring and receives a $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally-printed copies of their book. All entrants receive a copy of the winning chapbook plus one complimentary issue of Slipstream magazine. Winners are featured on the Grants & Awards page of Poets & Writers Magazine, the Slipstream web site, and in Slipstream catalogs, press releases, and promotional materials. Winning chapbooks are also submitted by Slipstream for review by various national and international poetry/writing publications. Send up to 40 pages of poetry: any style, format, or theme (or no theme), and $20 reading fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay if you keep us informed of status. Previously published poems with acknowledgements are also acceptable. Provide legible typewritten or computer-printed copy. Photocopies which are easy on the eyes are fine. Manuscripts will no longer be returned. Send only copies of your poems, not originals. Online submission is now available.

12/1/14 Wallace Stegner Fellowships Prizes: 5 two-year fellowships of $26,000 per year + tuition and health insurance Fee: none
apply online (650) 725-1208
To request a fellowship application:
(650) 723-2637
Notify: April 1
Short manuscript: Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry, for a total of twenty Fellows. Fellows in each genre meet twice a week in workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop attendance, and the program offers no degree. In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate's creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. The Stanford Creative Writing Program's students are diverse in ethnicity and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators. To be a Stegner Fellow we do not require a degree for admission, no school of writing is favored over any other, and chronological age is not a consideration. Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 per year. In addition, fellows' tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program. The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment, and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events. Download application on website, or apply online.

12/1/14 Wabash Prize for Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15
online entry Judge: Bob Hicok
Notify: December 30
3 poems: no more than six total pages (all poems should be compiled into a single document). A reading fee of $15 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a copy of the prize issue. Additional poems may be included for an additional reading fee of $5 for per poem. If submitting additional poems, please submit ALL poems in a single word document. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece. All entries will be read blind. Information that identifies the author should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. All poems must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Each poem will be read by two Sycamore staffers, with the winner selected by judge Bob Hicok. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore ReviewWhen submitting, be sure to select the Wabash Prize for Poetry option in our Submissions Manager. Once your work has been submitted, you will be redirected to our secure payment website. Submissions will not be considered without an accompanying payment.

December 10 Deadlines
12/10/14 Codhill Press Chapbook Award Prize: $1,000 and 25 copies Fee: $30 to Codhill Press
Pauline Uchmanowicz
Codhill Poetry Chapbook Prize
P.O. Box 280
Bloomington, NY 12411-0280
  Judge: Pauline Uchmanowicz
Book manuscript: open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgement are acceptable. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. Poets should submit 48–70 pages (no more than one poem per page) plus SASE for contest results, or submit online at site. Manuscripts should be on good-quality white paper, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgements and bound with a clip. Include two cover pages, one with the title of the manuscript alone, and a second with your name, address, phone number, and email address, together with the title. Your name must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. No UPS or FedEx. You may include a SASE postcard for confirmation. Manuscripts will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Codhill Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

12/10/14 Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry Prizes: $1,000, (2x)$100, and publication Fee: $20 to Vermont College of Fine Arts
Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Judge: TBA

Notify: March
Poems: Prize winner and two honorable mentions will be published in the Spring Issue. Entry fee includes a copy of the Spring Issue of Hunger Mountain. Submit up to three poems, not to exceed six pages. Poems must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished. Late entries will be returned unread. Entries must be typed, one side only. Once submitted, entries cannot be altered. Name or address should not appear anywhere on poems. Enclose a standard index card with poem title, name, address, phone number, and email address. Enclose an SASE for notification of winners. Use a paper clip or send unbound—no staples or binding. No simultaneous submissions, artwork, or translations. Multiple entries allowed—each entry must be sent separately and include a separate entry fee. Enclose an SASP for acknowledgement of entry (optional). No entries will be returned. Or enter through online submission manager on site.

December 12 Deadlines


Quercus Review Book Award Prizes: $1,000, 15 copies, and royalties Fee: $25 to Quercus Review Press

Quercus Review Press
MJC English Dept.
435 College Ave
Modesto, CA 95350
Notify: February
Book Manuscript: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. Include a brief cover letter that includes author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, book title, and brief biography; an acknowledgment’s page listing previously published poems; table of contents; 48–112 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript (as requested). *Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, & page numbered, and may contain author’s name and information.Winner receives $1000, a publishing contract with generous royalties paid to the author for every book sold, and 15 free copies of published book. We reserve the right to select 2nd and 3rd place winning manuscripts if the quality, time, and finances are available.  Pending author approval, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a book contract with no advance paid. Or submit online at website.

December 15 Deadlines


Gival Press Poetry Competition  Prizes: $1,000, 20 copies, and publication  Fee: $20 to Gival Press, LLC

Robert L. Giron, Editor
Poetry Award
Gival Press
P. O. Box 3812
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Judge: previous year's winner
Book Manuscript: Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date. Open to all, national and international poets. Language: English. Original work, no translations. Open to any form or style. Length of Manuscript: at least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only. The manuscript as a whole shall not have been published before. Include an acknowledgments page for previously published poems in the collection. It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems. Format: Include a separate cover sheet with name, title of manuscript, address (street, city, state, e-mail), and phone number. Paperclip the numbered pages together. If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk in Rich Text Format (RTF). Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled after the judging. Reading Fee: $20 by personal check or US money order made out to Gival Press, LLC. Notification: Include an SASE or visit our website, where the winner and finalists will be announced. The decision of the judge will be final. Prize: $1,000 and his/her book of poetry will be published in a limited edition by Gival Press. The winning poet will receive 20 copies of the publication. A standard publication contract is offered.

12/15/14 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest Prizes: $500, $250, $100, and publication Fee: $10 to Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest
Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest
Wisconsin Academy
1922 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726 Judge: Kara Candito
Notify: by end of February
Poems: Winners receive cash prizes. The first-place author also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, and all three award-winning poets will read at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison and will have their prize-winning poems (and one other, selected by the editor) appear in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine during April Poetry Month. Any Wisconsin resident or student over the age of 18 can enter the contest.

December 22 Deadlines
12/22/14 PSA Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award Prizes: $250  Fee: $5 to the Poetry Society of America
Poetry Society of America
Annual Award Submission
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003
1 poem:  For the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States. School attended, as well as name and address. Teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems (one submission per student). Line limit: none. High school teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems (one submission per student) for a $20 entry fee.Winners will be announced on No entries will be returned. Application Checklist: A completed submission includes: Two copies of the stapled, anonymous submission; A cover page, stapled to one of the copies; A SASP if you would like acknowledgement of receipt of submission; A SASE if you would like to be notified of the winners; A check for $5.

12/22/14 The PSA National Chapbook Fellowships Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $12 to Poetry Society of America
Poetry Society of America
Annual Award Submission
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003
Chapbook Manuscript: Each poet will choose a winning chapbook manuscript for publication and distribution by the PSA. Winners will receive $1000 and an invitation to read at The PSA Festival of New American Poets in April. This contest is open to any United States resident who has not published a full-length poetry collection. Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages. Poems must be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and bound with a spring clip. No illustrations may be included. Include the following along with your manuscript: a. Title page with contest name (The National Chapbook Fellowship), your name, address, and all relevant contact information. b. A title page with just the title of the manuscript. c. Paginated table of contents. d. Payment of a $12 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to Poetry Society of America). This fee is not waived for PSA members. e. Self-addressed stamped post card for confirmation of receipt and a self-addressed stamped envelope for announcement of the winners. Ineligible Submissions: Manuscripts by more than one author or Translations. Manuscripts will not be returned. Electronic and faxed submissions will not be accepted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, you must notify PSA.

12/22/14 PSA Robert H. Winner Memorial Award Prizes: $2,500  Fee: $15 to Poetry Society of America
Poetry Society of America
Annual Award Submission
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003
Short Manuscript: $2,500 award acknowledges original work being done in midcareer by a poet who has not had substantial recognition, and is open to poets over forty who have published no more than one book. Send a brief but cohesive manuscript of 10 poems (up to 20 pages). Please include year of birth on cover page. Previously published work may be included in your submission; include acknowledgement of publications on your cover page. Poems entered as part of a Winner manuscript may be entered individually in other PSA contests, but not if they are previously published. A completed submission includes: TWO copies of your each submission, with a cover sheet attached to one of the copies. A SASP if you would like acknowledgement of receipt of submission. A SASE if you would like to be notified of the winners. A check for $15 from Non-Members. Membership status clearly marked on cover sheet of each entry.

December 30 Deadlines
12/30/14 Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award Prizes: $1,000 and publication, conference tuition Fee: $25
enter online or call
Judge: Patricia Grace King
Notify: February
Chapbook manuscript: Submit up to 45 pages (double spaced and in MS Word or pdf if prose fiction). This is a blind-read contest. The manuscript should not have your name or other identifying information on any page. Submit a cover letter with your name and the title (or titles) of the submitted writing. Any combination of long or short stories or flash fiction will be considered. Graphic Narrative must be black and white and in jpeg format, up to 35 pages. Entry fee of $25 includes a subscription to The Florida Review. All submissions will be considered for publication in The Florida Review. Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as they are withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. In the unlikely event that no submitted manuscript is selected by the judge as fitting chapbook publication, only the second and third prizes will be awarded.

December 31 Deadlines
12/31/14 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Prize: $10,000 Fee: none
Karen R. Long
c/o Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115
Notify: spring
Published book: For books in English published in the previous year that expose racism or explore the richness of human diversity. To submit a book for consideration, send five copies with a copy of the entry form. Upon receipt the books will be forwarded to the jury.  All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. Awards are announced in the spring. Only books written in English and published in the preceding calendar year are eligible. Plays and screenplays are not eligible, nor are works in progress. Manuscripts and self-published works are not eligible, and no grants are made for completing or publishing manuscripts. Books of poetry are eligible for the fiction prize.

12/31/14 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Prizes: €10,000, (3x)€1,000, publication Fee: €12
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
The Moth
Co. Cavan
  Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts
Notify: by March
Poems: Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. You can enter as as many poems as you like. Please read the RULES before sending your poem(s) with the entry form. You can also ENTER ONLINE.

12/31/14 Frost Place Chapbook Competition Prizes: $250, $1,500 fellowship, 1-week retreat, and 10 copies Fee: $25 online
online only Judge: Jennifer Grotz
Notify: March
Chapbook manuscript: Entries must be submitted between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. All entries must be submitted to our online submissions manager. Entries submitted by e-mail, fax, or US mail are not permitted and will be disqualified. Entries must be accompanied by a $25.00 entry fee. Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts, but must pay a $25.00 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only. Manuscripts should have a page count (poems only, not including title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, or other items) of 20 to 25 pages. Manuscripts should be submitted in rich text (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format only. Manuscripts submitted in another file format are not permitted and will be disqualified. Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

12/31/14 The Dorset Prize Prize:  $3,000, 20 copies, and publication    Fee: $28 to Tupelo Press, Inc.
Tupelo Press Dorset Prize
P.O. Box 1767
North Adams, VT 01247
Judge: Edward Hirsch
Notify: late April
Book manuscript: Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript of 48–88 pages, enclosed in a folder. Include two cover pages: one with title of the manuscript only, the other with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number and email address. Cover letter or bio optional. Include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page. This competition is open to anyone writing in the English language, regardless of prior publication history. Entry fee of $28 (US) must accompany each submission, made payable to Tupelo Press, Inc. Multiple submissions are permitted so long as each manuscript is accompanied by separate entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, so long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. Enclose SASE for notification of winner. All manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition except those under consideration for future publication. Or enter online at site.

12/31/14 Dream Quest One Poetry Contest Prizes: $250, $125, $50, and publication  Fee: $5/$7 to
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654 Judge: Andre West
Notify: February 25
Poems: Open to anyone. Current and former employees of or their relatives are not eligible. Poems 30 lines or fewer, single or double spacing, on any subject or theme. Entries must be either neatly handwritten or typed. Multiple poem entries are accepted. All entries must be original works of the author of the poem(s). Entry form online. Fees: $5 per poem paid by mail or PayPal. If fee is paid online a $2 transaction fee will be added per entry fee. Each poem must be paid individually if using the PayPal payment option. All electronic entries will be assigned a Transaction Identification Number. This number will be emailed to you upon receipt of your contest entry and payment. accepts cash, International money orders, cashiers checks, and personal checks. All fees paid must be in US dollars. Postmark deadline: 12/31/2014

12/31/14 Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition Prizes: £150 and publication, £100, £50 Fee: £3/£2.50
enter online
Notify: mid-February
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

12/31/14 Kind of a Hurricane Press Poetry Award Prizes: $200 and anthologies Fee: $5
enter via e-mail Judge: Editors
Notify: February 28
Poems: Submit 3 poems and bio along with a $5 entry fee. Additional poems may be submitted for $1 per poem. No more than 20 poems may be submitted (maximum submission: 20 poems= $5 + $17 = $22). Fees should be sent via PayPal to: Please include your name and the titles of your poems along with your payment (in the optional message box). Poems should be sent to as one .doc or .rtf attachment. As all entries will be read blind, your name and contact should not appear anywhere in the attached document. In the body of the email, please include your name, the number of poems submitted, the title(s) of your poems, and the PayPal Transaction ID# of your payment. Subject Line should read: [Your Name] Submission for Editor's Choice Poetry Award

12/31/14 Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to Uno Foundation
enter online   Judge: Jane Miller
Poems: Up to three original unpublished poems. Cover sheet should have name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and titles. Enter online at site.

12/31/14 New American Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000, 25 copies, and publication Fee: $22.50 to New American Press
enter online Judge: Maggie Smith
Book manuscript: Approximately 48-100 pages.We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information from the manuscript itself. All necessary contact information is included in your Submittable file.

12/31/14 Omnidawn Open Book Contest Prizes: $3,000, 100 copies, and publication Fee: $27 to Omnidawn Publishing
Omnidawn Open Book Contest
Omnidawn Publishing
1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614 Judge: Mary Jo Bang
Notify: June
Book manuscript: No limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. The manuscript page limit is 120 pages for this poetry book contest. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-80 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge are not eligible. Postal and online poetry contest submissions accepted. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between November 1 and December 31 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any Omnidawn book (including 4 PEN USA winning books). A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at

12/31/14 Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest Prizes: $500, 40 copies, and publication Fee: $18/$21 to Pavement Saw Press
Pavement Saw Press
Chapbook Contest
321 Empire Street
Montpelier, OH 43543
  Judge: editor
Notify: March
Chapbook manuscript: Submit up to 32 pages of poetry. Include a signed cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, publication credits, a brief biography and the title of the chapbook. Include a cover page with your contact information and the chapbook title. Include a second page with the chapbook title only. Do not include your name on any pages inside the manuscript except for the first title page. No need for a contents page. All chapbooks are selected blindly / anonymously. See site for online entry.

12/31/15 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and 50 copies Fee: $20 to DPR/Briery Creek
Department of English
Longwood University
201 High St
Farmville, VA 23909
Notify: June
Book Manuscript: Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12-pt font: Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with manuscript title, poet’s name, and all contact information. Cover sheet on manuscript should include TITLE ONLY. Do NOT include Dedication, Acknowledgments or Credits page. Poet’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript. Number all manuscript pages. Entries should include a #10 SASE for winner notification. Send disposable manuscripts only; no manuscripts will be returned. No restriction on content or style.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for the contest, although we ask that poets please contact us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not returned upon such withdrawal. Current students and employees of Longwood University and authors published by The Dos Passos Review as well as any individual with a personal relationship (e.g. former students) with the judge are not eligible for this competition. All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

12/31/14 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest Prizes: $1,500, a case of Schlafly beer, and publication Fee: $10/$20 to River Styx
River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103
  Judges: River Styx Staff
Micro-fiction: A prize of $1500, a case of Schlafly beer, and publication in River Styx is given annually for the best micro-fiction story. The editors of River Styx will judge. 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry. $20 entry fee. Include SASE for results. $10 entrants receive the winner issue; $20 entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Styx. Include name and address on cover letter only. Enter online via Submittable.


Open Reading Period Prizes: $1,000 and publication  Fee: none

Shape&Nature Press
2014 Open Reading Period
76 Hastings St
Greenfield, MA 01301 Judge:
Book Manuscript: All manuscripts should be paginated and include a Table of Contents if necessary. You may include an acknowledgments page listing previously published work. It is free to submit your manuscript. However, if you are interested, Shape&Nature Press is also providing the opportunity for personal feedback on your manuscript for a fee of $25, which you pay upon submission either by check or online. Feedback will be supplied in the form of a letter from a Shape&Nature editor who has closely reviewed your work and whose interest is in giving candid and useful feedback to authors.  Please indicate on your manuscript whether you are requesting feedback. Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us with an email to if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

12/31/14 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry Prizes: $2,000 and hardback publication Fee: $25 to University of Tampa Press
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
University of Tampa Press
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606-1490
Notify: May 15
Book manuscript: 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. Manuscripts should be paginated. Manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages; we prefer a length of 60–100 pages but will also consider submissions falling outside this range. Please submit your manuscript as loose pages held only by a removable clip or rubber band and enclosed in a standard file folder. Entries should include two title pages, one with author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available), and one with no author information. Author's name should not appear within the manuscript. Entries must include a table of contents and a separate acknowledgments page (or pages) identifying prior publication credits. University of Tampa Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Publication scheduled for fall. Enclose SASP for notification of receipt, and SASE for results. No manuscripts will be returned; those not chosen will be recycled. All contestants enclosing SASE will be notified following the final selection. Or enter online for small additional fee.