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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Fourth Genre

Steinberg memorial essay prize.

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Debra Gwartney will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of...

The Center for Fiction

First novel prize.

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a debut novel published in the United States by an American citizen during the current year. Six finalists will receive $1,000 each....

Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or...

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Saif ghobash banipal prize for arabic literary translation.

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,665) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

Restless Books

Prize for new immigrant writing.

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2023 prize...

Elixir Press

Antivenom poetry award.

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. John Estes will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

A Public Space

Writing fellowships.

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who “embrace risk in their work” and have not published...

Black Lawrence Press

Hudson prize.

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems, short stories, essays, or hybrid work. Collections...

Four Way Books

Levis prize in poetry.

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in readings either virtually or in...

Fish Publishing

Poetry prize.

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,055) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

Arts & Letters

Arts & letters prizes.

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Rodney Jones will judge in poetry...

Lascaux Review

Lascaux prize in poetry.

A prize of $1,000 and publication both online and in the print edition of Lascaux Review is given annually for a single poem. Previously published and unpublished...

Indiana Review

Poetry and creative nonfiction prizes.

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a single poem and an essay. Submit up to three poems of any length or a work of prose...

Gemini Magazine

Short story contest.

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with an $8 entry fee by...

Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Felicia Mitchell will judge in poetry and Dennis...

Laura Boss Poetry Foundation

Laura boss narrative poetry award.

A prize of $5,000, publication by New York Quarterly Books, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a manuscript of narrative poetry. The winner and finalists are...

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Paul engle prize.

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to a writer “who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or...

Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Frost farm prize for metrical poetry.

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend and give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

Nimrod International Journal

Nimrod literary awards.

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for a poem or a group of poems and a work of fiction. A runner-up in...

North American Review

Terry tempest williams creative nonfiction prize.

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Lyric essays, memoir, personal essays, and literary...

Winning Writers

Wergle flomp humor poetry contest.

A prize of $2,000, a gift certificate for two-year membership to the literary database Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous...

Saturnalia Books

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Hoa Nguyen will judge. All entries will also be considered...

Orison Books

Prizes in poetry and fiction.

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Pádraig Ó Tuama will judge in poetry and David Heska...

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Poetry fellowship.

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $1,500 and a monthlong residency in Buffalo is given annually to a poet. The fellowship includes lodging at a private apartment for...

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee, which...

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The letter review prize for poetry.

Letter Review

The Letter Review Prize for Poetry (up to 70 lines) is open to writers from anywhere in the world and has no style or subject restrictions. Winners are published and every entry is considered for publication. 20 entries are Longlisted.

Additional prizes

2nd $250 | 3rd: $150

Entry requirements

Deadline: April 30, 2023

The UNO Writing Center's Writing Contest

The University of Nebraska, Omaha: Writing Center

The University of Nebraska, Omaha's Writing Center is hosting their 1st annual writing contest, open to Nebraska state residents (or remotely enrolled Nebraska university students.) It has three categories available in flash fiction, flash creative non-fiction, and poetry (up to 750 words.) The theme for the contest is: What it means to be a Maverick, and whatever your creative interpretation of that may be.

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💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 10, 2023

Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

3nd Annual WCWF Writing Contest

Wine Country Writers' Festival

Fire up those pens and get those unpublished stories and poems submitted to WCWF 3nd Annual Writing Contest. Three winners in each category (fiction/nonfiction/poetry), publication in Anthology, and your own copy. Entries: $15 or two for $25.

2nd Place: $75 | 3rd Place: $50

Deadline: June 30, 2023

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

Evening Standard Stories Competition

Evening Standard

We’re searching for fresh new voices who can take the idea of ‘belonging’ in a surprising direction, or tackle it in a way that stops us in our tracks. This competition is not limited to a ‘short story’. Submissions can be a piece of spoken word or performance, perhaps it’s a monologue, a script or a self-contained episode of a narrative podcast. Entries can be submitted as written, audio, or film.

Mentorship with top industry contacts

Publication in Evening Standard media

Deadline: April 12, 2023

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

Bacopa Literary Review

Bacopa Literary Review is an annual international print journal published by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. Our Bacopa Literary Review Editors’ blog shows the quality of writing we seek by highlighting work we respect from previous Bacopa issues as well as other sources.

£200 in 6 categories

$100 Honorable mention in 6 categories

Deadline: April 16, 2023

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Essay, Flash Fiction, Humor

Geminga: $250 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Sunspot Lit

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga, meaning “it’s not there.” With Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art, Sunspot Lit honors the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters. Graphic novelsshould be 4 pages or less.

Publication in digital and print

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

New Writers Poetry Competition 2023

New Writers

The New Writers Poetry Competition 2023 is open to published and unpublished poets from around the world. There is no specific theme but poems should be no longer than 40 lines. NewWriters.org.uk will donate £1.00 from each entry to First Story (a creative writing charity in the UK).

2nd: £300 | 3rd: £200

Deadline: July 12, 2023

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Exceptionally international in scope, the prize supports writers who have not yet published a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category (fiction, poetry and life writing) will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website.

Mentoring & Publication

Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Non-fiction

Nature and Place Poetry Competition

The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and The University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Ian McMillan.

2nd: £500 | 3rd: £250

Deadline: March 01, 2023 (Expired)

The Pinch Literary Awards & Page Prize

The Pinch Literary Journal

The 2023 Pinch Literary Awards accepts poetry and fiction. The 2023 Page Prize accepts non-fiction.

$2000 for poetry & fiction winners

$1000 for Page Prize winner

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Non-fiction

Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

Beloit Poetry Journal

Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on any subject in any style up to a maximum of 10 pages per entry. (We enjoy long poems!)

North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers

Submit a self-published or hybrid-published book, up to 200,000 words in length. One grand prize winner will receive $10,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, three months of Plus service (a $207 value) and a $500 account credit from Book Award Pro, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $525 value)

$1,000 for top winner in each category | $300 for honorable mentions

Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Children's, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Write By The Sea Writing Competition

Write By The Sea

Flash Fiction (700 words), Short Story (2,500 words), Poetry (40 lines) Memoir/Personal Essay (1,000 words). The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of €500, a beautiful hand-crafted WBTS 2023 Writing Competition trophy and a free weekend pass to Write By The Sea festival 2023. All four winning pieces will be published on the Write By The Sea website.

2nd: €200 | 3rd: €300

Deadline: June 04, 2023

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Short Story

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2023

International Welsh Poetry Competition

The first Welsh Poetry Competition was set up by poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007. The aim is to inspire people to capture life in the present day and to give a voice to a new generation of poets and writers. We are not interested in purely academic types of literature but would much rather see pure raw passion burst onto the creative writing scene in Wales.

2nd: £250 | 3rd: £125

International Poetry Book Awards 2023

Poetry Book Awards

The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by small, truly independent presses. We are proud to be a Welsh based international awards programme, open to all indie authors and self published poets globally.

2nd: £200 | 3rd: £100 | Publication

Deadline: July 31, 2023

Booksie 2023 Poetry Contest

Booksie is looking to crown its 2018 Poet Laureate. The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We're looking for poems that say something and make a reader sit up and think. You may submit as many entries as you like.

$150 to two runners-up

Deadline: June 15, 2023

The TRP Southern Breakthrough Series

Texas Review Press

The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series highlights a first full-length collection by emerging authors from each state in the southern U.S. This year's state is South Carolina. Open to any poet born in South Carolina, currently residing in South Carolina, or who has lived in South Carolina for five consecutive years at any point, who has not yet published a full-length collection of poetry. The author may have published chapbooks or books in other genres. Submissions accepted through Submittable only.


Deadline: February 28, 2023 (Expired)

The One Page Poetry Contest

One Page Poetry

One Page Poetry is dedicated to the art of expressing a poetic theme on a single page, whether your poem is four lines or forty, whether yours is a love poem, inspirational poem, philosophical poem, or just one that is fun or whimsical. We welcome any and all poetic forms, as long as they fit on a single page.

2nd: $1000 | 3rd: $500

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Autumn House Poetry Contest

Autumn House Press

For the 2023 contest, the Autumn House staff as well as select outsider readers serve as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Toi Derricotte. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500.

Book publication | $1,000 honorarium | $1,500 travel/publicity grant

The Iowa Review Awards

The Iowa Review

Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.

Deadline: January 31, 2023 (Expired)

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.

Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

Deadline: March 03, 2023 (Expired)

Tor House Prize for Poetry

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers. The contest is open to well-crafted poetry in all styles, ranging from experimental work to traditional forms, including short narrative poems. Poems should be no longer than 3 pages.

$200 for honorable mention

Deadline: March 15, 2023 (Expired)

The National Poetry Series

The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American residents or American citizens living abroad.

Publication of full-length manuscript

The Plough Prize

The Plough Arts Centre

The Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject.

The Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication.

Book publication

Poetry, Short Story

The Caterpillar Prize

Caterpillar Magazine

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. This year’s judge is none other than Michael Morpurgo!

€1000 + 1 week at Circle of Misse in France

2nd: €500 | 3rd: €250

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

All finalists in fiction and poetry will be published and paid at our standard publication rate. Semi-finalists in poetry will also be published and paid at our standard publication rate.

$2000 + Publication

2nd: $1000 + Publication

Deadline: April 01, 2023

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Novel

Fiction Factory Poetry Competition

Fiction Factory

This is a UK based competition but we welcome international entries. Poems should be 40 lines maximum. Entry Fee: $5 US ($12 for 3 poems) Top prize: 5 shortlisted poets will receive a supportive critique on their poems. One winner from that shortlist will receive a £100 ($125 US) cash prize, as well as feedback on 5 poems they have written, plus an hour-long mentorship Zoom call with the judge to talk about their poetry.

Feedback on poems and a Zoom mentorship call

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Academy of American Poets

Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

Publication and distribution of book

Deadline: May 15, 2023

James Laughlin Award

Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Along with $5,000, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members. Submissions are accepted January 1 through May 15 each year.

Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry

The Lascaux Review

Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication online in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in the annual print journal.

The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest

The European Society of Literature

The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest is a writing competition that seeks to find hidden talent in the literary scene. The contest will place heavy emphasis on works of deep meaning, aesthetic beauty and literary quality—just as Harold Bloom did. The 2023 Bloom Writing Contest accepts submissions of all types, whether it be an essay, a poem, a short story.

Deadline: May 01, 2023

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Novel, Poetry

2023 Poetry Chapbook Contest

The Heartland Review Press

Submit no more than 30 pages of your best poetry work. Any theme or style. THRP is not concerned with the poet who has the most publications; rather, we wish to award the best writing that contributes the most to the craft of poetry.

Poems for the Solstice Contest

Farmer-ish Journal

To celebrate Winter Solstice in 2023, Farmer-ish journal is excited to announce a special poetry contest with a cash prize and publication for the top 50 poems. We are accepting contest submissions for a poetry collection focusing on poems for the Winter Solstice. We are looking for poems about farming, nature, environmentalism, cozy, rest, light, tradition, and more.

Askew's Word on the Lake Writing Contest

Shuswap Association of Writers

Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, the Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest has a place for you! Part of the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada, the contest is open to submissions in short fiction (up to 1,500 words), nonfiction (up to 1,500 words), and poetry (up to three one-page poems).

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

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20 Poetry Contests to Enter in 2023

Can you make a living as a poet? You can get a good start to your poetry career with a little bit of luck and great poetry contests. 

Many organizations across the globe reward cash prizes, publication rights, and more to poets who wow their judges. If you are looking to get your poetry published, these are some of the top poetry contests to pursue.

Before learning about the different competitions, why not first familiarize yourself with the different types of poems ?

1. New American Press Poetry Prize

2. hippocrates prize for poetry and medicine, 3. derek walcott prize for poetry, 4. ballard spahr prize for poetry, 5. autumn house poetry contest, 6. poetry society of virginia student contests, 7. colorado prize for poetry, 8. eugene paul nassar poetry prize, 9. sustainable arts foundation writing awards, 10. maureen egen writers exchange award, 11. andres montoya poetry prize, 12. chapbook contest, 13. haiku society of america annual poetry contest, 14. the pushcart prize, 15. poetic justice institute prizes, 16. airlie prize, 17. national poetry series open competition, 18. wisconsin institute for creative writing fellowships, 19. association of writers & writing programs award series, 20. omnidawn publishing first/second poetry book contest, faqs about poetry contests.

Top poetry contests to enter

New American Press  hosts a poetry contest in the spring each year. This contest has a prize of $1,500 for the winning poetry collection. Submissions must be at least 48 pages, so this is an option for serious poets who have several poems under their belt.

The winning poet will get the $1,500 cash prize and have their book published by New American Press. In addition, the poet receives 25 author copies to give out as gifts or promotions.

The Hippocrates Prize awards £1,000 each year to one poem in the spring. The award also includes publication in the organization’s anthology and a video recording of the poem on the website. Any submissions must be a poem for a medical theme or audience and written by a medical professional.

The entry fee for this poetry contest is $10. Poems are up to 50 lines.

Top Poetry Contests To Enter

This unique poetry contest awards $1,000 to an English poetry collection with the twist that the writer cannot be a United States citizen. In addition, the award winner receives an initiation to read at the Boston Playwright’s Theater. To apply, poets must submit a full-length poetry collection, entry form, and $20 entry fee on the Arrowsmith Press website .

This particular poetry competition has a high-value prize of $10,000.  Milkweed Editions  awards the prize to one poet who lives in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, or Iowa.

The poet must have a manuscript of at least 48 pages to submit. This competition has no entry fee.

Autumn House Press hosts a poetry contest in the first half of the year. A full-length poetry collection manuscript could earn the winner $2,500 in this competition. While the competition has just one winner, all finalists get considered for publication, so writers can enter and potentially get their work published even if they don’t win.

The fee for this competition is $30, and the publisher recommends not using any illustrations. In addition, all poems must start on a new page and be new poetry that isn’t published elsewhere.

The  Poetry Society of Virginia  hosts a poetry contest for young poets still in school. Students can submit a single poem that is free of identifying information, and they stand against other similar-aged poets for judging.

For this competition, poems must be 35 lines or fewer. There are first place, second place, and third place prizes for all grade levels. Winning poems may also end up in publication.

The  Colorado Prize for Poetry  competition is another one that awards a cash prize for a poetry book. The prize winner receives $2,500 and publication through the Center for Literary Publishing.

For this contest, submit a manuscript between 48 and 100 pages in length. The collection must be unpublished, including self-publishing, but individual poems may have been in print in other works.

The  Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize  is a writing competition from Utica College. It has a $2,000 cash prize, and the first prize contest winner gets to read and teach a class at the college.

Submission guidelines for this competition include a completed entry form, a CV of the author’s accomplishments, and two copies of the complete poetry book. All works must be a minimum of 48 pages long. This competition has no entry fee.

The  Sustainable Arts Foundation  awards up to 20 $5,000 cash prizes to poets and other writers. The author must have at least one child living at home to qualify. For poetry submissions, writers can submit up to 10 poems or between 10 and 15 pages of prose. The contest has a $20 entry fee.

Poets & Writers hosts the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award , which has two $500 cash prizes for one poet and one fiction writer from a chosen state, which in 2022 is Nebraska. The winning writer will also have a month-long residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program to meet other writers, editors, agents, and publishers.

This contest requires poets to submit 7 to 10 pages of poetry. It has no entry fee.

Hosted through the University of Notre Dame, the  Andrews Montoya Poetry Prize  award $1,000 to a debut poetry collection. The poet must be Latinx and live in the United States. This full-length book contest requires a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages, and it does not have an entry fee.

Chapbook Contest

The Diode Editions Chapbook Contest  takes submissions from English-writing poets. They do allow translations and collaborations for this contest. The winning chapbook receives $750 and publication from the organization. The reading fee for this contest is $18. The manuscript must be 25 to 46 pages in length.

Consider entering the  Haiku Society of America’s Annual Poetry Contest if you enjoy writing haikus.  This contest accepts haibun, a mixture of haiku with prose. The prize for this competition is $200 and publication in Frogpond .

Submissions for this contest should have a word count of no more than 1,000 words. The contest has no entry fee.

This poetry contest is unique because it is not just a poetry contest. Instead, the  Pushcart Prize  takes nominations for poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs, and stand-alone novel exerts that were published elsewhere within a particular calendar year. Accepted works become part of the Pushcart Prize annual literary magazine.

The Pushcart Prize does not take submissions. Instead, it allows magazine and small book press editors to submit up to six nominations a year for potential works to include.

Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York hosts the Poetic Justice Institute Prizes poetry contest. This contest awards a poetry collection and has a $1,000 cash prize. In addition, the winning poetry collection receives a publicity consultation and publication by Fordham University Press.

This competition has two awards. The Poetic Justice Institute Prize is for all writers, while the Editor’s Prize is only for BIPOC writers. Submissions must be 50 to 120 pages in length, and there is a $28 entry fee.

The  Airlie Prize  is an award from Airlie Press given each year for a poetry collection. The prize is $1,000 and publication by the press, and the press’s editors serve as the judges.

Send a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages and a $25 entry fee to the Arlie Press to apply for this contest.

The National Poetry Series has an  Open Competition  with an impressive $10,000 cash prize for the winning manuscript. This award also comes with publication by a participating publication company.

Send 48 to 64 pages and a $35 entry fee to the National Poetry Series to submit a manuscript.

The University of Wisconsin offers a  Creative Writing Fellowship  at the UW-Madison campus to at least five writers each year. Though this does not have a cash prize, it does include a stipend of at least $39,000 to help pay for school.

To apply for the fellowship, a poet must be working on a first or second book of poetry or other fiction. Submission guidelines are up to 10 pages of poetry and a $50 entry fee. Applicants also need to submit two references.

Cash prizes of up to $5,500 are available through the  Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series . Both a short story collection and a poetry collection will receive an award.

Poetry applicants must submit up to 48 pages of work. The entry fee is $30.

Finally, consider the  Omnidawn Publishing First/Second Poetry Book Contest . This contest awards $3,000 to an up-and-coming poet, along with publication and one hundred author copies of the published work. To apply, submit a poetry manuscript of 40 to 120 pages and the $27 entry fee.

What are the most prestigious poetry contests?

Poetry Competitions for newcomers to the writing industry can be hard to find. However, some examples include the Montreal International Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Walt Whitman Award and the Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award. Prizes range from $2,000-$10,000, depending on whether a single poem or collection of poetry is submitted.

Should I submit to poetry contests?

Before entering a poetry contest, it is wise to consider if you are entering for fun or for professional purposes. Contests can be a good way to meet other poets and improve your craft, but several contests have a submission fee for entry, so be careful not to spend more on contests than you can realistically make from poetry, especially since contests are not a guaranteed way to get published.

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Here you’ll find monthly updated contests and submission portals that’ll help you grow as beginners and support your writing career at the same time. Every contest is provided with all the information you need to know before submitting to it. Poets from all nationalities can take part in the poetry contests without worrying about submission fee. So, go writers!

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1. 2023 young people’s poetry competition.

Deadline for the Next Volume: 31st March 2023

Shatter Me Series in Order (11 Books) (2023)

Submission requirement : This year’s theme is ‘ memory ‘ . The contest is available to young people aged between 5 and 18 years old who live in the UK .

Prize: Judged by David Devanny and a panel of judges with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and highly commended places in each category. This year they’ll also have an honourable mention for a young poet based in Cornwall.


Deadline: No deadline

Submission requirement: They consider only previously unpublished work with single submission of maximum 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) per category at one time for their contests. Open to simultaneous submissions .

Payment : Text poems are paid $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem. For visual poems, audio poems, and video poems, it’s $300 per poem. For prose, it’s $150 per published page.

3. Erbacce-prize Submissions 2023

Deadline: 30th April 2023

Submission requirements : 5 pages of poetry are accepted along with previously published ones. Only one submission per poet is entertained.

Prize: Winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce-press. 1-2 runners-up will be considered & will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book. 4 other poets will be chosen to be the ‘Featured Poet’ in each of the quarterly copies.


Deadline: Sunday 14 May 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Submission requirements: One piece of writing (50 line max) is acceptable. This year’s theme is ‘X’ . Entrants must be 18 years of age or over. The competition is only open to Uk residents.

Prize: wide range awards.

5.Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Deadline: April 1, 2023 ( starts from August 15, 2022)

Submission requirements: Held by WINNING WRITERS, this poetry contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Submission should be of maximum of 250 lines . There’s no age restriction to the contest. Published as well as unpublished works are accepted as well as simultaneous submissions.

Prize : First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value) Second Prize: $500 Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each.Top 12 entries published online

6. The Nervous Ghost Press

Book prizes.

Deadline : open right now

Submission requirements: Only writers living in the US can apply. All work must be unpublished, original. They are looking for a full & complete manuscript of 48 to 128 pages.

Prize: $1000, Publication, author copies, and a California Reading Tour.

7. The Emerging Writer’s Contest

Deadline: from March 1 at noon EST to May 15 at noon EST.

Submission requirements : 3-5 poems are accepted in the poetry contest. It must be original and in English. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

(Contest is only free for people with subscriptions)

Prize: Publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres.

8. Contemporary Verse 2  

Deadline: accepts from October 1 through May 31.

(No submissions will be accepted during the summer months of September, June, July and August.)

Submission requirements : They only accept one submission per submitter at a time. No more than 6 pages are accepted by the magazine. They have a review time of 2 to 6 months.

Payment : $30 per poem


Deadline: open from September 15th to June 15th

Submission requirements: They accept typed, unpublished material only.

Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages are allowed.

Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

10. The Malahat Review

Deadline: Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following six months: January and February , May through July , and November .

Submission requirements: They do not publish any kinds of already published work whether offline or online. Simultaneous submission accepted. They accept 3 to 5 poems (up to 10 pages max).

Payment: CAD$70 per published page plus a one-year print subscription and two copies of the issue in which your work appears. 

11. The Christopher Salmon Foundation Poetry Competition 2023

Deadline: Friday, 31st March 2023

Submission requirements: Entrants must live or attend school or college in the Wirral area and should be 19 or below years of age. The theme set for the competition is “sunshine”.

Entry should not be more than 30 lines and only one entry per person is permitted.

Prize: . £100 per person per category

12. Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Submission requirements: The poetry contest is open to residents of Iowa. Poets and fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. 7 to 10 pages of poetry are accepted.

Payment: Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner will also receive a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming and will meet with writers, editors, publishers, and agents virtually or in person in New York City

13. Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: open on in selected months i.e. January, March, May, August, September, November.

Submission requirements: They are looking for ‘First-time electronic publication rights’ meaning fresh work that’s not published anywhere. They accept simultaneous submissions with one submission per writer at a time.

Payment: $75 per author for poems along with payment for print is $ 5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2contributor copies.

14. Copper Nickel Magazine

Deadline: Open from September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1.

Submission requirements: They accept four to six poems at a time. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Payment: $30 per printed page + two copies of the issue in which the author’s work appears + a one-year subscription. They also award two $500 prizes per issue—the Editors’ Prizes in Poetry and prose.

15. Harpur Palate

Deadline: runs September 15-November 15 and February 15-April 15.

Submission requirements: They accept 1-5 poems per reading period( 10 pages) for the contest. Poems with a strong lyric voice and sense of urgency are preferred. Simultaneous submissions are accepted .

Payment: NIL

16. The Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prizes 2023

Deadline: 1st January 2023 to 1st March 2023 at 23:59 (UK time)

Submission requirements: Applicants must be aged 18 or above with all entries in English. A single poem or a collection of poems are accepted at a time with maximum of 500 words per entry for the poetry contest.

Prize: First place: £3,000 cash grant , Second place: £1,000 travel expense, Third place: £1,000 with travel expense and the runners up will receive travel expense support that must be used to attend our 2023 symposium

17. Waxwing Literary Journal

Deadline: August 1 through April 30

Submission requirements: one to five poems are accepted in a single document in this poetry contest. Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

Payment: Not mentioned

Deadline: Not mentioned

Submission requirements: They only consider unpublished work with four poems per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Payment: They pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, they pay $1,000.

19. Annual BSFS Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2023.

Submission requirements: Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science. 3 poems/person, maximum 60 lines each is accepted for this poetry contest.

Prize : 1st prize: $100 ; 2nd prize: $75 ; 3rd prize: $50 .

20. Write The World POETRY COMPETITION 2023 (Expired)

Deadline: January 17, 2023

Submission requirements: Young writers ages 13-19 are eligible for the poetry contest. Submission should be less than 400 words . Only one entry per person is allowed.

Payments: Best Entry: $100 (Our guest judge’s commentary on the winning piece, and an interview with the author will be featured on Write the World’s blog) Runner up: $50 (Our guest judge’s commentary on the piece will be featured on Write the World’s blog) Best Peer Review: $50 (Our guest judge’s commentary on the best peer review and an interview with the reviewer will be featured on Write the World’s blog)

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Below you will find details of many national and international poetry competitions, contests, awards and prizes from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, England (and the rest of the UK), Ireland and the USA. There are competitions suitable for poets of all ages and levels of capability. I recommend that you read and make sure you fully understand the rules and the terms & conditions of each competition listed before entering.

PLEASE NOTE:  Most of the poetry competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world.  The country each publication is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.

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Beth S Great info on contests and submissions! Thank you so much. I'm a creative writing teacher at a high school in SC, and I write myself, of course - mostly poetry. I was able to find good places to submit for my son's SciFi work, and I'm going to tell my students about your postings as a good resource! Best of luck to you with your writing.

Chris Fielden Thanks very much, Beth - I'm glad to hear you find the resources on the website useful :-)

Audrey AJ Thanks so much for all this... very helpful.  I thought you should know that the Troubadour Prize dates have changed - closing date June. Prize winners are contacted in August.

Hope this is helpful!

PS There is an annual Grey Hen poetry competition as well.

Chris Fielden Thanks very much, Audrey - this is very helpful indeed. Without people telling me when there are mistakes on the list, it's very hard to keep up to date.

I've updated the Troubadour Prize details and added Grey Hen too.

Anjum I saw that all the contests are for people living in the USA or UK. I am from India... can I participitate?

Chris Fielden Hi Anjum. Yes, you can participate in most of them.

The country in the listing just tells you where the contest is based/run from. Most will accept entries from writers residing anywhere in the world. Just check the individual competition's submission guidelines and terms and conditions before entering.

Mahlet Z I wanted to apply for the compilation of writing poems and I was wondering if there is a prize for the winner. And when is the forthcoming competition?

Chris Fielden Hi Mahlet. This page lists multiple poetry competitions. All of them run at different times and offer different prizes. Please use the links on the page to research the rules for each competition. I hope that answers your question...?

Abigail W Throughyour site, I entered the Grindstone poetry competition and, although I didn't win, I got into the top 10%. The feedback was also very useful.

Just wanted to say thank you.

Chris Fielden That’s excellent news, Abigail – congratulations. Getting into the top 10% is a great achievement :-)

Herbert H Which ones are the best for book-length contests for humorous poetry? I write humor, irony, and satire, and am a professional public speaker through Toastmasters and National Speakers Association. Wergle likes humor, but not book-length entries. Does anybody else at all? Herb

Chris Fielden Hi Herb. The individual listings mention when the competitions are for book-length poetry collections. And you would have to check each competition's submission guidelines and do some market research (read previous winners books) to see if your style would be suitable.

You might also find my list of book and novel competitions useful. Some of those may also accept poetry. Again, you'd have to research each competition individually.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but I'm not a poet so don't have a huge amount of knowledge on the market.

I wish you the best of luck with your search.

The Shafiullah M Very nice. Good to read. Iam from Fatickchari Thana, Bangladesh. I like writing poetry. I am a published poet. Just wanted to say thank you.

Chris Fielden No problem, The Shafiullah.

Thanks you for commenting. Glad you found the lists useful :-)

Easter C I am quite interested in entering writing competitions, especially poetry and non-fiction (essay). Thank you for these lists.

Chris Fielden Thanks, Easter. Good luck with your submissions :-)

Easter C Thank you – you too!

Katina S Hi there, I'm from the Bahamas and I'm wondering if you facilitate competitions that students in my country can participate in?

Chris Fielden Hi Katina. I list many - most of the competitions listed on my website will accept entries from anywhere in the world. You just need to check their submission guidelines.

I don't know of any based in the Bahamas, so please let me know if you do.

Katina S Hi Chris. The ones I noted on the website have specific countries they would accept participants from. I'll preview again. I want my students to have some exposure with international competitions to extend their writing craft. Thanks for your response.

Chris Fielden Hi Katina. No problem :-)

The countries listed on the website are just where the competitions are based. Most are open for international submissions. I just list the country as many writers like to know what global market they are submitting to.

Your students may enjoy my writing challenges . I accept entries from anywhere and every story received is published.

Katina S Wonderful!

Thanks so much.

Kris P Could you send me a link of a competition... online... free entry... and a good prize for the winner?

Chris Fielden Hi Kris. There are loads of competitions listed on this page, some of which are free to enter and some of which offer decent prizes. Please have a look through them and see which appeals to you the most :-)

Cora G My poem has been accepted to feature in The International Poetry Digest. Could you please let me know if this is a reputable publisher? Thank you!

Chris Fielden Hi Cora. Congratulations - that's great news! I'm not familiar with this publication, so I don't know I'm afraid. Please let me know how you get on :-)

Yvonne M Thanks so much, Chris. Your work on our behalf is very much appreciated.

Chris Fielden No problem, Yvonne :-)

Michael E Hi. Question: How can I find what poetry contest I won and the name of my poem that I wrote to win a USA poetry contest  years ago? It was published in a poetry book also I dont remember the name though. Could you please help me find it? Ty, Michael

Chris Fielden Hi Michael. If you don't know the name of the contest or your poem, then I'm afraid it's unlikely you'll be able to find it.

You could try doing a Google search for your name and see if that brings anything up? If you remember the year that you won, you could try searching for that alongside your name and words like 'poem' and 'poetry contest'. Just a thought... it might help.

Good luck with finding it.

Chris Fielden PS - Michael, having done a search I found a page on the Sixfold website , a journal that publishes poetry and short stories. Is this what you were looking for?

Pam M Do you email out the latest competitions?

Chris Fielden Hi Pam, thanks for your message.

No, I don't do emails for new comps I'm afraid. I do update this page regularly though :-)

Vusumuzi Casey G Hello. I'm a poet in Swaziland (Eswatini) and I wish to enter into a competition, but since my country does not have contests and is not featured here I'm not exactly sure if I'm eligible. Can I enter? VCaseyGee

Chris Fielden Hi VCaseyGee. I list the country the contests are based in so writers know which global markets they are submitting to. Most of the competitions listed accept submissions from writers living anywhere in the world. That said, some do have limitations. You will have to read the submission guidelines for each contest to see if you are eligible, but you will find you can enter most of them.

I wish you the best of luck with your submissions :-)

Katie M Thank you so much for compiling this information!

I am rather new to this and was wondering if there was any etiquette about entering multiple competitions? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again.

Chris Fielden Hi Katie. No problem, glad you're finding the lists helpful.

Many competitions forbid simultaneous submissions, but an ever-increasing number are accepting them. You will have to read the rules and terms and conditions of each contest / publication you want to submit to and see what they stipulate.

Good luck with your submissions :-)

Kiki W Hello. I was wondering, can I enter more than one competition with the same poem in the same period of time? Thanks.

Chris Fielden Hi Kiki. It depends on the competition or poetry publication you are submitting to. Some accept simultaneous submissions, some don't. I'm afraid you will have to do some research on whichever comps you wish to enter. Most publications state that kind of thing in their submission guidelines or terms and conditions.

I would add that an increasing amount of publications now seem to be accepting simultaneous submissions, so it's a lot more common than it used to be, which is good for us writers :-)

Good luck with submitting your poems.

Kiki W Thank you.

Chris Fielden No problem :-)

Kolongs V Good work per se... But for those poetry contests with an entry fee, how does one go about the payment if one is not living in the organizing country? It's good they simplify everything. Kudos!

Chris Fielden Thanks for your message. Most of the competitions use PayPal, Worldpay, Google Pay or a similar payment service provider. They deal with currency conversions, allowing the writer to pay in their native currency using credit card, debit card etc. So in most cases, payment is simple no matter where you live :-)

Kolongs V OK, that is good. I shall make an attempt.

Aravindan SS Hi. Please note I write English poetry and want to participate in competitions which do not have any entry fee.

In the above list of poetry competitions, where the entry fee is free, when I happen to browse in such fee free competitions, there is fee. So the above above table of competitions is incorrect with regards to entry fee. Please update the list of competitions whose entry fee is really free. Awaiting for your update.

Chris Fielden Hi Aravindan. Sorry about that.

This page is overhauled once a year, in January, but some of the details do go out of date over time.

Please can you let me know which competition you clicked on that is marked as free incorrectly? I will then update the listing accordingly. Many thanks.

Aravindan SS Dear Chris, thanks for your reply. It will take much time to get the list of free competitions which actually charge fees on their websites. It would be better if you can get a sign off from those who conduct such competitions about fees.

Chris Fielden Hi Aravindan. Well, I’ve had a look and all the listings I’ve checked are correct… I can’t find the incorrect one you were looking at sorry.

Aravindan SS Hi Chris. If I find time I will check those and will let you know on this. Thanks for your support.

Chris Fielden No problem. That’s great, thanks Aravindan :-)

Aravindan SS Great, thanks!

Esther Very informative. Thank you.

Chris Fielden No problem, thanks Esther :)

Lizzie S This is amazing. Thanks for collecting the info and constantly updating.

Chris Fielden No problem, Lizzie. Glad it's useful :-)

Emmanuel KA My twelve years old boy is a creative writer. Will you permit him to submit his work in order to take part in this content?

Chris Fielden Hi Emmanuel, thank you for your message.

The competitions listed on my poetry comps page all have different rules and submission guidelines, so you would have to check each competition website.

If you are looking for competitions for you son, my young writers competition list is probably the best one to look at because all the contests are aimed at children and young adults. Your son could also submit to my Amazing Young Writers Challenge , which aimed at children and young adults in fulltime education.

I hope that's of interest and wish your son all the very best with his writing and submissions :)

Ndubuisi K The site has been helpful. Just can't wait to get involved in some of these competitions.

Chris Fielden Glad to hear the site has been helpful, Ndubuisi. I wish you the best of luck with your submissions :-)

Michelle RO I wrote a poem that was published in an anthology but can't remember the name. The poem was called 'Destiny'.

Chris Fielden That's great news, congratulations Michelle. It's a shame you can't remember the anthology name... :-)

Will Thanks Chris. Daft as it sounds, I found the "closed" contests as useful as the "open" ones: this will save me so much time checking and/or flogging dead horses. Best, Will 

Chris Fielden Thanks, Will, great to hear :) All the best.

P.A. B Thanks. I wrote a 118 line humorous narrative poem only to to find it broke the size rules just about everywhere. The Wergle Flomp competition was just what I was after. I reckon to win it unless they notice my poem rhymes.

Chris Fielden Glad you found the lists helpful, P.A. Good luck with your Wergle Flomp entry :)

P.A. B Thanks. Poem is called "The Queen's New Cat". Just so you know when it gets first prize. What, me arrogant? Never!

After checking poetrycircle.com I now know why the competition is free. 15 poems in the genre for the whole of last year.

Humorous poetry is, if not dead, very sick. And I mean that in both ways. After looking at last year's entrants, I have to wonder if mentioning men's dangly bits is mandatory. 

Chris Fielden Arrogance is subjective… I’ll keep an eye out for your winning poem :)

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