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Best Poetry Writing Contests in 2024

Showing 153 contests that match your search.

Faith Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Poetry

The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.

Top Prize:

$100

πŸ’° Entry fee: $10

πŸ“… Deadline: August 19, 2024

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

Lynx House Press

Genres: Poetry

The annual Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry awards $2000 plus publication for a full-length poetry collection. The Prize is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. author, which includes foreign nationals living and writing in the U.S. and U.S. citizens living abroad. Lynx House Press has been publishing fine poetry and prose since 1975. Our titles are distributed by the University of Washington Press.

Top Prize:

$2,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $28

πŸ“… Deadline: June 16, 2024 (Expired)

F(r)iction Contests

Brink Literacy Project

Genres: Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

For our contests, we seek writing that pushes boundaries and challenges us to think differently. We like work that features complex characters and strong narratives, and plays with genre, setting, voice, you name it. For Spring 2024, we have Wole Talabi judging Short Story, Sherrie Flick judging Flash Fiction, C. S. E. Cooney judging Poetry, and Marin Sardy judging Creative Nonfiction.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $15

πŸ“… Deadline: November 03, 2024

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Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry

The 2024 Emerging Writer's Contest will run from March 1 at noon EST to May 15 at noon EST. The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here. We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. =

Top Prize:

$2,000

Additional prizes:

Review from Aevitas Creative Management

πŸ’° Entry fee: $30

πŸ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Kent State University

Genres: Poetry

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of their first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus.

Top Prize:

$2,500

Additional prizes:

Publication by Kent State University Press

πŸ’° Entry fee: $30

πŸ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Willow Run Poetry Book Award

Hidden River Press

Genres: Poetry

Hidden River Arts offers a yearly prize of $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an unpublished book-length collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages. The award is open to all poets writing in English around the world.

Top Prize:

$1000 + publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $20

πŸ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

The Paul Cave Prize for Literature

Tim Saunders Publications

Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

The Paul Cave Prize for Literature, established in 2023 by Tim Saunders Publications, is in memory of Paul Astley Cave-Browne-Cave (1917 to 2010), a hugely inspirational magazine and book publisher. What we are looking for All forms of poetry: haiku, free verse, sonnet, acrostic, villanelle, ballad, limerick, ode, elegy, flash fiction, short stories and novellas. Work must be new and unpublished. International submissions welcome.

Top Prize:

Β£100

Additional prizes:

Best Short Story: Β£50 | Best Flash Fiction: Β£25 | Best Poem: Β£25

πŸ’° Entry fee: $15

πŸ“… Deadline: September 30, 2024

Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Girton College

Genres: Poetry

The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is a national poetry competition, established in 2010, in memory of Girton alumna, Jane Elizabeth Martin (1978 Classics) through the generous support of Professor Sir Laurence Martin. Now in its 14th year, this national prize for young poets is a key part of the College’s support for poetry and will be of interest to all those who are serious about literary excellence. The competition is judged by experts drawn from across the literary world and academia. We are thrilled that this year the panel will be led by two judges – Abigail Parry and Bohdan Piasecki.

Top Prize:

Β£700

Additional prizes:

2nd: Β£300

πŸ“… Deadline: March 15, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Poetry

Poetry.com offers monthly contests for poets worldwide to gain motivation, inspiration and exposure, while building passion and enjoyment for the written creative process! How are winners chosen? Our contest boasts a clever twist: poems remain anonymous whilst applicants vote on what they believe should be the winning entry.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Poem of the year: 1000 USD | 2nd place: 300 USD | 3rd place: 200 USD | Runner up personalized Poetry.com mug

πŸ’° Entry fee: $25

πŸ“… Deadline: December 31, 2024

3-6-9 Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Poetry

This poem has three stanzas. Each stanza has three lines that follows the 3-6-9 syllable count. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 6 syllables and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything.

Top Prize:

$100

πŸ’° Entry fee: $10

πŸ“… Deadline: November 15, 2024

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2024

The Caterpillar Magazine

Genres: Poetry

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Every year since 2015, The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has been awarded to a single poem by a single judge – among them John Hegley, Chrissie Gittins, Roger McGough, Michael Morpurgo & Michael Rosen. The winning poems will be published in the Irish Times online.

Top Prize:

€1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France

Additional prizes:

2nd: €500 | 3rd: €250

πŸ’° Entry fee: $16

πŸ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2024

International Welsh Poetry Competition

Genres: Poetry

The first Welsh Poetry Competition was set up by poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007. Officially launched on St David’s Day at Clwb-Y-Bont, Pontypridd, 2007 the aim is to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that we know exists in Wales but currently languishes in the doldrums. 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.

Top Prize:

Β£500

Additional prizes:

2nd: Β£250 | 3rd: Β£100 | 17 runners-up: commended entries and future publication in anthology

πŸ’° Entry fee: $7

πŸ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

Open Prize

National Poetry Series

Genres: Poetry

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

Top Prize:

$10,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $35

πŸ“… Deadline: March 15, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story, and Novella

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. 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 novels should be 4 pages or less.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Publication in digital and print

πŸ’° Entry fee: $12

πŸ“… Deadline: January 31, 2024 (Expired)

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, and Novel

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.

Top Prize:

$2000 + Publication

Additional prizes:

2nd: $1000 + Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $20

πŸ“… Deadline: April 01, 2024 (Expired)

Rattle Poetry Prize

Rattle Foundation

Genres: Children's and Poetry

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $500 each and publication, and be eligible for the $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

Top Prize:

$15,000

πŸ’° Entry fee: $30

πŸ“… Deadline: July 15, 2024

Inception 2024: $500 for Best Opening

Sunspot Literary Journal

Genres: Fiction and Poetry

For Sunspot Lit’s Inception contest, send your best opening (novel, CNF, art collection, photo series, etc.). No restrictions on theme or category. Submit via Submittable or Duotrope.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $12

πŸ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Poetry

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the 2022, 12th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2022 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm.

Top Prize:

$1,000

πŸ’° Entry fee: $6

πŸ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Poetry

Beginning December 1, 2023, Marsh Hawk Press is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the annual Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prizes. Deadline is April 30, 2024. We welcome submissions from emerging as well as established poets. The winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize receives $1,000.00, book publication and promotion. Winners of the Robert Creeley and Rochelle Ratner prizes, selected from finalists, receive $250.00 each.

Top Prize:

$1000 + publication

Additional prizes:

$250

πŸ’° Entry fee: $25

πŸ“… Deadline: April 30, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

Free to enter. Seeking 0-5000 word (poetry: 15 pgs) excerpts of unpublished books (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction), including most self-published and indie-published works. 2-4 Winners (publication of extract is optional). We Shortlist 10-20 writers. Open to writers from anywhere in the world, with no theme or genre restrictions. Judged blind.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Optional Publication of Excerpt, Letter of Recommendation

πŸ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Poetry

Every Tuesday at 12pm (Irish time) from 9th April 2024 – 28th January 2025, five words will be posted on this competition page. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week. The winners & shortlist are announced around the first week of March.

Top Prize:

$750

Additional prizes:

Publication in Five Words Vol XVIII

πŸ’° Entry fee: $5

πŸ“… Deadline: January 28, 2025

Rhyming Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Poetry

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme scheme.

Top Prize:

$100

πŸ’° Entry fee: $10

πŸ“… Deadline: August 12, 2024

Bridport Poetry Prize

Bridport Arts Centre

Genres: Poetry

You don't have to be Tennyson. Just talented. All we ask is that you please keep poems to 42 lines, max. You can, of course, write less. In addition to the prize money, the top three poems are automatically entered into the Forward Prize For Poetry’s best single poem competition, with the chance to win a further Β£1000. This exclusive award is not open to the public. You can write about absolutely anything but whatever your rhyme or reason, we want to read your poetry.

Top Prize:

Β£5000

Additional prizes:

Β£1000 for 2nd, Β£500 for 3rd

πŸ’° Entry fee: $15

πŸ“… Deadline: May 31, 2024 (Expired)

NOWW 26th International Writing Contest

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW)

Genres: Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

Open to all writers in four categories: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical writing.

Top Prize:

$150

Additional prizes:

2nd: $100 | 3rd: $50

πŸ’° Entry fee: $7

πŸ“… Deadline: February 29, 2024 (Expired)

Poetry International Prize 2024

Poetry International

Genres: Poetry

POETRY INTERNATIONAL is one of the oldest and most respected literary journals dedicated to publishing poetry from around the globe. Each issue of the print journal brings together poems, portfolios, and prose representing a rich diversity of countries and languages. In addition to the print journal, PIOnline also features global conversations about books, poetry, and poetics and an archive of international poets and poems.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication in Poetry International

πŸ’° Entry fee: $15

πŸ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Miller Williams Poetry Prize

University of Arkansas Press

Genres: Poetry

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. For almost a quarter century the press has made this series the cornerstone of its work as a publisher of some of the country’s best new poetry. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams.

Top Prize:

$5,000

Additional prizes:

Publication through the University of Arkansas Press

πŸ’° Entry fee: $28

πŸ“… Deadline: September 30, 2024

ABC Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Poetry

Write an ABC Poem. That's a poem with five lines that follows the alphabet. Cash prize!

Top Prize:

$100

πŸ’° Entry fee: $10

πŸ“… Deadline: July 25, 2024

Genres: Poetry

POETRY INTERNATIONAL is one of the oldest and most respected literary journals dedicated to publishing poetry from around the globe. Each issue of the print journal brings together poems, portfolios, and prose representing a rich diversity of countries and languages.

Top Prize:

$1,000

πŸ“… Deadline: April 30, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

The 2024 Queen Maryβ€―Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the fifteenth edition of the prestigious prize, is open from 1 February to 1 July 2024. 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 will receive a Β£1,000 cash prize and publication in Wasafiri magazine.

Top Prize:

Β£1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $15

πŸ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers

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

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)

Top Prize:

$10,000

Additional prizes:

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

πŸ’° Entry fee: $75

πŸ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Acrostic Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Poetry

To enter this poetry contest share an acrostic. That's a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). Cash Prize

Top Prize:

$100

πŸ’° Entry fee: $10

πŸ“… Deadline: October 16, 2022 (Expired)

Genres: Poetry

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.

Top Prize:

Β£400

Additional prizes:

2nd: Β£200 | 3rd: Β£100 | Publication

πŸ’° Entry fee: $44

πŸ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

Genres: Poetry

The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website. This contest is open to writers from all countries, backgrounds, and walks of life. Each submission may include up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication on TCK Website

πŸ’° Entry fee: $5

πŸ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

The Book of the Year Awards

The Independent Author Network

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, and Short Story

The Independent Author Network presents the 10th Annual IAN Book of the Year Awards, an international contest open to all authors with 55 fiction and non-fiction categories. Winners are eligible to receive a share of cash prizes of $6,000 USD. Open to all English language print and eBooks available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.

Top Prize:

$2,500

Additional prizes:

$6,000.00 USD in total cash prizes

πŸ’° Entry fee: $49

πŸ“… Deadline: August 16, 2024

Genres: Poetry

In his groundbreaking course on ecopoetry, writer and professor Craig Santos Perez focuses on how to use poetry as a voice for the planet. This month, write a poem about what you know and love from the natural world. Your poem may focus on an element of the environment under threat, explore changes in nature, or honor the planet we call home.

Top Prize:

$100

Additional prizes:

Runner up: $50 | Best peer review: $50

πŸ’° Entry fee: $0

πŸ“… Deadline: September 25, 2023 (Expired)

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