Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

Broadside Lotus Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
March 1, 2021
A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages by March 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry

Milkweed Editions
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a poetry manuscript of at least 48 pages by February 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Big Moose Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels “as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, or other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.” The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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Claire Keyes Poetry Award

Salem State University
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee ($15 for a subscription to Soundings East) by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Discovery Poetry Contest

92Y Unterberg Poetry Center
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
January 8, 2021
Four prizes of $500 each and publication in the Paris Review Daily are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive lodging and travel expenses to give a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Poets who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection are eligible. Rick Barot, Mónica de la Torre, and Patricia Spears Jones will serve as final judges. Using only the online submission system, submit a 10-page manuscript, including at least two unpublished poems and two poems that are one page or shorter in length, with a $15 entry fee by January 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

First/Second Poetry Book Contest

Omnidawn Publishing
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
February 16, 2021
A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry fee ($30 to receive a book from the Omnidawn catalogue) by February 16. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

Academy of American Poets
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Indran Amirthanayagam will judge. Publishers may submit a digital copy of a book published in 2020 by February 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Individual Artists Grants for Women

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to poets and nonfiction writers. Using only the online submission system, submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or nonfiction, a statement regarding interest in receiving support from a feminist fund, a project description, a budget, and a résumé with a $25 application fee between January 1 and January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Iowa Review Awards

Iowa Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose with a $20 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Levis Reading Prize

Virginia Commonwealth University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
A prize of $3,000 to $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. Publishers or writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2020, one PDF copy of the book, and a brief author bio by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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