Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

Deadline: 
October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 40 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Persea Books, Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, 277 Broadway, Suite 708, New York, NY 10007. (212) 260-9256. Gabriel Fried, Poetry Editor.

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New Writers Awards

Deadline: 
July 25, 2017
Entry Fee: 
$0
Cash Prize: 
$500

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit several of the 13 GLCA colleges, where they will give readings, meet with students, and occasionally lead discussions and classes. Travel expenses and an honorarium of at least $500 are provided for each visit. Faculty members of the GLCA colleges will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of a book published between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 by July 25; each submission is limited to one title per category. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Great Lakes Colleges Association, New Writers Awards, 535 West William Street, Suite 301, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Gregory Wegner, Director of Program Development.

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Emerging Poets Contest

Deadline: 
June 1, 2017
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, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Jessica Rogen, Editor. 


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.

Intro Prize in Poetry

Deadline: 
March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$30
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Vievee Francis will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Four Way Books, Intro Prize in Poetry, P.O. Box 535, Village Station, New York, NY 10014. (212) 334-5430.

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First Book Award for Poetry

Deadline: 
April 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Zone 3, by April 1. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or 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. Andrea Spofford, Acquisitions Editor.

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