Winning Writers Annual Poetry Contests
Sponsors two major annual contests for original poetry. The first, on the specific theme of War, carries prize money totaling $2,250. Submission period: March 1 - May 31, 2005. The second contest is a parody competition, closing April 1, 2005, for which entry is free, yet currently awards prize money totaling $1,609. This cool site also publishes an on-line guide to Poetry Contests and offers many other great features of exceptional value to writers and poets.
Aldrich Poetry Competition
Sponsored by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, this annual contest seeks original poems by emerging writers. Two winners will receive $500 each, plus publication. Submission fee: $15. Deadline: July 31.
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards
Annual contest seeks original, unpublished poems, no more than two manuscript pages in length, on any themes, and in any genre. Prize money totals $1,300. Sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Deadline: April 1, 2004.
Annual Short Grain Contest
Seeks original, unpublished poems in four categories. Prize money totals $6,000. Deadline: January 31, 2004.
The Backwaters Prize
Annual contest requires full-length (60 to 85 pages) manuscripts of original poems. First prize: $1,000 plus publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 4.
The Baltimore Review
Seeks entries of one to four original poems, totalling no more than five pages. All styles and genres will be considered, including prose poems. Entry fee: $12. Prizes: $300, $150, and $50. Submit between March 1- July 1.
Brick and Mortar's Biannual Poetry Contest
Contest is open to both experienced and emerging poets. First place: $1,000; Second: $250; Third: $100. Minimum entry fee: $15 (for three poems). Deadline: January 1, 2004.
An international creative writing competition for poetry (under 42 lines) and short stories (under 5,000 words). Prize money totals ten thousand pounds. Entry fee: Six pounds. Deadline: June 30, each year.
Cambridge Poetry Awards
Dedicated to the promotion of poetry, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers Annual awards for performance and written poetry, to the poets of Massachusetts.
Cherry Grove Collections
Offers two contests annually, closing March 15 and June 15, respectively. Both seek original full-length (minimum: 48 pages) manuscripts. Reading fee: $20. Prizes in each case: $1,000, plus publication.
Christian Poetry Contest
Seeks Christian poetry. Maximum length: 350 words. No entry fees.
Colorado Review Poetry Contest
An annual contest for a book-length collection of poems, ranging from forty to one hundred manuscript pages. Prize is $1,500, plus publication. Closing date: mid-January. Sponsored by the University of Colorado.
Comstock Review Annual Poetry Contest
Original, unpublished poems are sought. Maximum length: 40 lines. Entry fee: $3 per poem. Prize pool: $1,350. Deadline: July 1. Selected poems will be published.
Cross Keys Press Annual Poetry Contest
Offers cash prizes for original poems on any theme, up to sixty lines in length. Deadline: July 31.
Cross Way Publications Poetry Contest
Closing December 30, this semi-annual contest is open to all Christian poets. All forms of poetry are accepted. Entry fee: $3 per poem (no more than a single page in length). Prize money totals $95.
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