Emerging Poets Contest

Deadline: 
June 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$16
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit three poems of any length with a $16 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard, by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Boulevard, Emerging Poets Contest, 4125 Juniata Street B, St. Louis, MO 63116. Jessica Rogen, Editor. 


Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
May 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$2,500

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong graduate/undergraduate writing workshop at Kent State University and give a reading with the judge, who this year is Ellen Bass. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Wick Poetry Center, Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44240. (330) 672-2067. Jessica Jewell, Senior Academic Program Director.

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Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
March 16, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Chris Abani will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 16. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Cave Canem Foundation, Poetry Prize, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 858-0000.

First Book Award for Poetry

Deadline: 
April 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Jennifer Givhan will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Zone 3 Press, First Book Award for Poetry, Austin Peay State University, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. (931) 221-7031. Amy Wright, Acquisitions Editor.

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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
April 30, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$5,000

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee between March 1 and April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Pittsburgh Press, Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, 7500 Thomas Boulevard, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

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Antivenom Poetry Award

Deadline: 
March 31, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Jennifer Franklin will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Elixir Press, Antivenom Poetry Award, P.O. Box 27029, Denver, CO 80227.

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Levis Reading Prize

Deadline: 
February 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$5,000

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University will judge. Publishers and writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2017 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Levis Reading Prize, English Department, 900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284. Emily Block, Contact.

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Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

Deadline: 
March 1, 2018
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$10,000

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College in Illinois is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or fiction writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency will be offered to a fiction writer. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Writers under the age of 40 who have not published a book are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 30 pages of a novel, story collection, novella collection, or hybrid prose collection, a project statement, and a curriculum vitae by March 1. Only the first 200 entries will be considered. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lake Forest College, Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency, English Department, P.O. Box A16, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. (847) 735-5274. Joshua Corey, Contact. 

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California Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 22, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a book of fiction or nonfiction that relates to California. Publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2017 by December 22. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 597-5939.

Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 29, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$500

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in the United States in the previous year. The awards honor books that depict the "cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora." Publishers may nominate books published in 2017 by December 29. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and a list of jurors to whom books should be sent.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Literary Awards, Hampton University, Harvey Library, 130 East Tyler Street, Hampton, VA 23668. (757) 727-5185. Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair.

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