Poetry Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Esther Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Red Hen Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Major Jackson will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

Tupelo Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Coffee-House Poetry
Entry Fee: 
$7
Deadline: 
September 27, 2021

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,830) is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,415) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website. Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe will judge. E-mail any number of poems of up to 45 lines each and submit a $7 entry fee per poem via PayPal by September 27. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

San Diego Poetry Annual
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony in April 2022. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Vern Rutsala Book Prize

Cloudbank Books
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jake Adam York Prize

Copper Nickel
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Dana Levin will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Copper Nickel, by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Alice James Award

Alice James Books
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 15, 2021

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 100 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 


Vassar Miller Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 


Literary Awards

Tucson Festival of Books
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the University of Arizona campus in March 2022. Using only the online submission system, submit five poems of any length or a short story, essay, or excerpt from a novel or memoir of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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