Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
April 30, 2017
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, 2017
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. Kathryn Nuernberger 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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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
May 1, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
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 give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is Khaled Mattawa. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $30 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, Assistant Director.

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Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
March 17, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Vievee Francis will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 17. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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

Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

Deadline: 
March 1, 2017
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 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 poet. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Writers who are under the age of 40 and who have not published a book are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 30 pages of poetry, 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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Levis Reading Prize

Deadline: 
February 1, 2017
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 2016 by February 1. There is no entry fee. E-mail or 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. Rachael Taylor Hgglund, Contact.

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Literary Awards

Deadline: 
December 16, 2016
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 during 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 2016 by December 16. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines and the list of jurors to whom the 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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A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Brenda Shaughnessy will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

BOA Editions, A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 30971, Rochester, NY 14603. Jenna Fisher, Contact.

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California Book Awards

Deadline: 
December 23, 2016
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. Authors or publishers may submit six copies of books published in 2016 by December 23. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Commonwealth Club of California, California Book Awards, 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 597-5939.

Poetry Prize

Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$2,000
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. David Rivard will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Issues Poetry & Prose, Poetry Prize, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. (269) 387-8185. Kimberly Kolbe, Managing Editor.

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