The Best Poetry Writing Contests of 2022

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Annual Cultural Heritage Writing Contest

The Trailblazer Review

Founded in November 2022, The Trailblazer Review is an international high school literary magazine dedicated to celebrating and honoring indigenous culture through creative writing. Its Annual Cultural Heritage Contest accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction under 4000 words from middle and high school students (13-18 years old) on the subject of native culture and heritage.

Top prize

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 20, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story, Young Adult

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The Big Moose Prize

Black Lawrence Press

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. 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 will be awarded on publication. The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication, 10 copies of your book

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $27

Deadline: January 31, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

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Annual Poetry Contest

Third Wednesday

Each year Third Wednesday awards 3 $100 prizes in its annual poetry contest. For this year's contest, entries will be accepted from November 1, 2020 through February 15, 2021. We will accept contest entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems of any style and subject matter. There is no limit on length.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

print copy of the 3rd Wednesday contest issue

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $6

Deadline: February 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Louise Bogan Award

Trio House Press

The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Bridport Poetry Prize

Bridport Arts Centre

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 £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

£5000

Additional prizes

£1000 for 2nd, £500 for 3rd

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: May 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest

Enter our 91st Annual Writing Competition for the chance to have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen. The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. [$20 for a poetry entry, $30 for a manuscript entry]

Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

2nd: $500 | 3rd: $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: May 05, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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swamp pink Prizes

crazyhorse

From January 1st to January 31st, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: January 31, 2023


Genres

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

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Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships

Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities.

Top prize

$50,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: February 17, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Kurt Brown Prizes

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP will offer three scholarships of $500 each to be awarded to three first-place winners in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. These scholarships must be used to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency at one of the AWP member programs in the Directory of Conferences & Centers. All winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year individual membership.

Top prize

$500 scholarship

Additional prizes

one-year membership

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

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Creative Writing Award for Poetry

Aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a celebration of innovative new writing from across the globe. Each year, the competition invites submissions of poetry that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique.

Top prize

$3,068

Additional prizes

Publication + Membership + Course

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: September 08, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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NOWW 25th International Writing Contest

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW)

A Canadian contest with an international flair. As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we have increased the prize total to $1800 over six major categories: poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, crime fiction, literary critical writing, and The Bill MacDonald prize for prose (A Northwestern Ontario setting must be central to the work).

Top prize

$150 CAD

Additional prizes

Publication in NOWW magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

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

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The Goldilocks Zone

Sunspot Lit

Inspired by the search for Goldilocks Zone planets, Sunspot Lit is looking for one short story, CNF, artwork, poem, graphic novel, or script that combines excellence with appeal. Literary and genre works accepted; feedback available.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $9

Deadline: December 19, 2022


Genres

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

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Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition

Minds Shine Bright

As we adjust to new realities, inflationary pressures, geo-political tensions, environmental challenges and more it’s time to imagine and explore. The Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2023 is open and calling for entries of short stories, short scripts, flash fiction and poetry which explore the theme of confidence in some way.

Top prize

$1,080

Additional prizes

$540 for each category winner | $118 for commended entries

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $4

Deadline: February 28, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story

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The Anne Marie Gracie Memorial Poetry Competition

Alex Frew

The contest is a loving tribute to Anne Marie Gracie, who died of cancer. All profits from the competition will go to Ayrshire Cancer Support.

Top prize

$118

Additional prizes

2nd: $60 | 3rd: $30

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $3

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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2-4-2 Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a 2-4-2. What's that? That's a poem with only three lines that has 8 syllables total! So the first line of your poem will have two syllables. The second line will have four. And the final line will have two again. Cash prize to the winner.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning poems will be featured on the FanStory.com welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: July 11, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Share A Story In A Poem

FanStory.com Inc

Share a poem that rhymes and also tells a story. We included an example of this type of poem in the contest announcement. To the winner goes a cash prize.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning poems will be featured on the FanStory.com welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: July 07, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Nervous Ghost Press Book Prize

Nervous Ghost Press

The 2021 Nervous Ghost Press Book Prizes are open to outstanding works of poetry and prose by anyone living in the United States of America. ​All work and all writers, from any point in their careers, are welcome to submit their work and get a chance of publication. Please submit a completed a manuscript (50,000-100,000 words for prose, 48-128 pages for poetry).

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and a Californian reading tour

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Humor, Young Adult

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Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

Academy of American Poets

This $1,000 award recognizes a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. Established in 1976, it is given annually. A noted translator chooses the winning book.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Ambroggio Prize

Academy of American Poets

The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, publisher of literary works, scholarship, and art books by or about U.S. Hispanics.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Bilingual Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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F(r)iction Poetry Contest

F(r)iction

We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. You may submit up to three entries for $12. A single entry is $10. Each poem can be up to three pages.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Considered for publication in F(r)iction

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: November 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Munster Literature Centre

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

2nd: $500 | 3rd: $250 | 10x runner-ups: $50

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $7

Deadline: November 30, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

The Heartland Review Press

Submit 1-3 poems of any form or style for $10 in a Word document through Submittable (link on website). Finalists (there's usually about 20) will receive a free copy of the Spring 2023 issue of The Heartland Review wherein winners and finalists will be published.

Top prize

$750

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: December 15, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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The National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition is now open for submissions and is looking for single unpublished poems from participants aged 18 or over from anywhere around the world.

Top prize

$5,645

Additional prizes

2nd: $2570 | 3rd: $1128

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: October 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Dream Quest One Poetry

Dream Quest One

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

2nd: $125 | 3rd: $50

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 19, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Shepton Snowdrops Poetry Competition

Shepton Snowdrops Festival

The Shepton Snowdrop Festival is inviting poets, young and old, to pen a poem that reflects the power of nature, its reawakening, and the hope it brings. ‘Hope in nature’ is the theme for the 2022 Poetry Competition. During the short days and long evenings of winter, the green tips and delicate flowers of the snowdrop emerge to give hope and a sense of renewal.

Top prize

$260

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: January 08, 2023


Genres

Poetry, Romance

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20 Syllable Poem

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a poem using only 20 syllables. Write any type of poem. Any format. Any topic! Just keep the syllable count to 20.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: June 14, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

Poetry International

We are looking for chapbooks with consistently strong poems—poems that speak to one another lyrically and thematically. A review of the finalists and winners from recent competitions has revealed that the strongest chapbooks are typically the shortest; as a result, we have changed the page limit and invite you to send a gathering of your strongest work to be considered for Poetry International's Tiny Chapbook Competition.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: December 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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James Dickey Prize

Five Points

Since the publication of its inaugural issue in 1996, Five Points has become one of this country’s best literary magazines. To enter, send three previously unpublished poems no more than fifty lines each. The winner will receive $1000 and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Five Points. This contest is read blind.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Points magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: December 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Annual Contest Submissions

So to Speak Journal

So to Speak seeks work by writers who want to challenge and change the identity of the “canonical” writer. Our mission is to amplify voices of BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, women, neurodivergent people, people of different religions or none, migrants, refugees & immigrants (regardless of citizenship), and incarcerated writers. Free submissions for Black and Indigenous Writers.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication for winner and runner-up

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $9

Deadline: November 14, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

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

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group

We are not concerned with genre distinctions. Send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful. We want art that grows in complexity upon each visitation; we enjoy ornate, cerebral, and voluptuous phrases executed with thematic intent.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in "AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought"

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: February 22, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Novella, Script Writing

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Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication by Black Lawrence Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $17

Deadline: October 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry, Short Story, Fiction

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Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Cleveland Foundation

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

Top prize

$10,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: December 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

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Willow Run Poetry Book Award

Hidden River Arts

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 between 75 and 100 pages long.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: February 21, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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Fish Poetry Prize

Fish Publishing

The top ten poems of the annual Fish Poetry Contest will be published in Fish Anthology. First prize winner will receive €1000 and the second prize winner will receive a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers ' Reatreat. 3rd: €300

Top prize

€1000

Additional prizes

2nd: writer's retreat | 3rd: €300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $14

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Genres

Poetry

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The Letter Review Prize for Poetry

Letter Review

Letter Review is offering $1100 USD total prize pool in the Letter Review Prize for Poetry for poems of not more than 70 lines. There are no subject or style restrictions. Twenty entries will be longlisted, and ten shortlisted. All entries are considered for publication.

Top prize

$1000 and publication

Additional prizes

2nd & 3rd: $50 and publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: October 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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