Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Cave Canem Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
September 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Jai-Alai Books is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. The winner will also give a reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival in April 2022. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 25 to 30 pages by September 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

Carlow University
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
September 30, 2021
A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices From the Attic, and travel and lodging to give a reading with the contest judge at Carlow University. Lee Ann Roripaugh will judge. E-mail two poems of up to 75 lines each and submit a $20 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

California State University in Fresno
Entry Fee: 
$22
Deadline: 
September 30, 2021

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic submissions) by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Missouri Review
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 1, 2021
Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or no more than 8,500 words of prose with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Missouri Review and a complimentary copy of a digital book from TMR Books, by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Winning Writers
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
September 30, 2021
Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and Vernon Keeve III will judge. Submit any number of poems of up to 250 lines each with a $15 entry fee for one or two poems by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Briar Cliff Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
November 1, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

First Book Award

Academy of American Poets
Entry Fee: 
$35
Deadline: 
November 1, 2021
A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a book of poems in a standard edition. The winning book will also be distributed to 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. Tyehimba Jess will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $35 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Honickman First Book Prize

American Poetry Review
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Poetry Competition

Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,075) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,830) and a third-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,415) are also given. The winners will also be published in Poetry Review. Poems written in English by poets from any country are eligible. Fiona Benson, David Constantine, and Rachel Long will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a £7 (approximately $10) entry fee and £4 (approximately $6) for each additional poem by October 31. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Poetry Prize

Perugia Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
November 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer who identifies as a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $30 entry fee by November 15. Fee waivers and reductions are available. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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