January 2 Deadlines
1/2/14 Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Prizes: $1,000, $100, more, and publication Fee: $5 to Gemini Magazine
POETRY OPEN
Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558
poetryopen@gemini-magazine.com
Judge: editors
Notify: February
Poems: Six finalists will be published in the February issue of Gemini. No restrictions on content or length. Simply send your best unpublished poems by e-mail or snail mail. PayPal at site. NO attachments. Do not include bio—just your poems and contact info. Enter as many times as you like; $5 fee for each batch of three poems.
http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

January 14 Deadlines
1/14/14 Colorado Prize for Poetry Prize: $2,000 and publication Fee: $25/$28 to Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry
Center for Literary Publishing
9105 Campus Delivery
Department of English
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-5449
creview@colostate.edu
Judge: Claudia Keelan
Notify: May
Book Manuscript: Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been published, but collections must not have been previously published as a whole. You may include an acknowledgments page (not required). Length 48 to 100 pages. Manuscripts may be double- or single-spaced. Online entry at site.
http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-prize-for-poetry/

January 15 Deadlines
1/15/14 The John Ciardi Prize for Poetry Prize: $1,000 and publication Fee: $25 to BkMk Press
John Ciardi Prize for Poetry
BkMk Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-2558
bkmk@umkc.edu
Judge:
Notify: July
Book Manuscript: Manuscripts must be typed on standard-sized paper, in English. Approximately 50 -110 pages, single spaced. Entries must include two title pages: one with author name, address and phone number; and one with no author information. Any acknowledgments should appear on a separate piece of paper. Entries must include a table of contents. Author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please submit your manuscript in loose pages, bound only with a clip or rubber band. Do not staple or permanently bind your manuscript. Do not submit your manuscript by fax or e-mail. A SASE should be included, for notification only. Note: No manuscripts will be returned. A reading fee of $25 in US funds (check made payable to BkMk Press) must accompany each manuscript. Entrants will receive a copy of the winning book in their genre when it is published. Manuscripts will not be returned. Judging will be blind at all levels. Initial judging will be done by a network of published writers. The final judging will be done by a poet and a fiction writer of national reputation.
http://www.newletters.org/writers-wanted/BkMk-writing-contests

1/15/14 Levis Reading Prize Prizes: $2,000, reading Fee: none
Levis Reading Prize
VCU Department of English
900 Park Avenue, Hibbs Hall, Room 306
PO Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284-2005
  Judge:
Notify:
Published book:  For the best first or second book of poetry. Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include three copies of the book (48 pages or more), a cover letter, and a brief biography of the author including previous publications. (Entries from vanity presses are not eligible.) The book must have been published in the preceding calendar year. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt must include an SASP. Entries must be received by January 15. Materials received after that date will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the VCU Department of English. Judges will come from faculty of the VCU English Department and the VCU MFA Program in Creative Writing. The winner will receive an honorarium of $1500 and will be invited, expenses paid, to Richmond to present a public reading in September.
http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize/levis_prize.htm

1/15/14 William Matthews Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000, $250, readings, and publication Fee: $20 to Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802
   Judge: Billy Collins
Notify: February 1
Poems: Send 1-3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review).
http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/the-william-matthews-poetry-prize

1/15/14 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: none
Francisco Aragón, Coordinator
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize
Institute for Latino Studies
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-2882 Judge: Rhina P. Espalliat
Notify: February 1
Book manuscript: Biennial; the prize carries a cash award of $1000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press. The award is open to any Latino/a poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. TWO copies of your manuscript must be submitted. Manuscripts must be of original poetry, in English, by one poet who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. There are no restrictions on the style of poetry or subject matter. Translations are not eligible. The manuscript must be a minimum of 50 numbered pages and a maximum of 100 numbered pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start a new page. The manuscript should begin with unnumbered frontmatter: a title page that shows the book’s title and your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if you have one); a table of contents; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgements. There is no entrance fee. For more information, please call or write Francisco Aragón, Coordinator.
http://latinostudies.nd.edu/institute-centers/letras-latinas/andres-montoya-poetry-prize/

1/15/14 $500/500 OddContest Prizes: $500 adult/$50 youth, convention membership; books to top 3 places Fee: $10 to OdysseyCon (none for youth contest)
OddContest (to send check; e-mail entry only!)
Odyssey Con
P.O. Box 7114
Madison, WI  53707
(608) 566-9087
contest14@odysseycon.org
Judge: Laurel Winters
Notify: March 1
Speculative prose poem/flash fiction: Deadline extended to 1/31! For an unpublished speculative (science-fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) work in paragraph format, 500 words or less. Blind judging; preliminary readers will select the top ten manuscripts in each division to be sent to the final judge. Winners notified and results posted by March 1. Winning poems/stories will be read at OdysseyCon. Publication is not offered; multiple an simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is published elsewhere before the notification date. PayPal to treasurer@oddcon.com, or mail a check. E-mail your story or poem (maximum length 500 words), either pasted into the body of the e-mail or attached as a .doc or .rtf, to contest14@odysseycon.org. Please put your last name, first initial, and CONTEST: Youth or CONTEST: Adult in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, date of birth if Youth entry, mailing address, phone number, and the name/e-mail under which payment was made, if it is not the one you are using to enter. Receipt of entry will be acknowledged within 3 days.
http://odysseycon.org/contest/contest.html

1/15/14 Poetica Magazine Chapbook Contest Prizes: $250+ and 50 c0pies; (2x)$50 Fee: $18
Poetica Magazine
2013 Chapbook Contest
Po Box 11014
Norfolk, VA 23517
poeticapublishing@aol.com Judge: Claudia Isler Mazur
Notify: August
Chapbook manuscript: Submit 16-24 pages of poetry/prose/short stories/one story (combination of...) Please submit works related to the contemporary Jewish experience. Works included can be previously published. Submit two copies. Send two cover pages: One cover page clipped to manuscript, with title only, no identifying information. One separate cover page to contain title, name, address, phone and e-mail. No name/contact information should appear in the inside pages of the manuscript. Please do not submit a manuscript that has been previously published. Include $18.00 reading fee (PayPal or check/money order made to Poetica Magazine). Include SASE for the winner's list. Winning manuscript will be published: TBD. All entrants will receive one copy of the winning manuscript. Writers retain all rights to their work—writers must own all rights. Manuscripts will not be returned (we shred and recycle all unused works). No special delivery, please (FedEx, register, signature...etc.)
http://www.poeticamagazine.com/chapbookguidelines.htm

1/15/14 Third Coast Poetry Award Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $16 to Third Coast
Third Coast Poetry Contest
Western Michigan University
English Department
1903 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331
editors@thirdcoastmagazine.com Judge: Cathy Park Hong
Notify: April
Poems: Submit up to three (3) previously unpublished poems at a time in ONE file. All manuscripts should be typed. Since the judging is blind, the author’s name and identifying information (including address, email, phone number, and bio) should only appear in the "cover letter" box; identifying information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts with identifying information beyond the text of the work may be disqualified. Postal or online submission.
http://www.thirdcoastmagazine.com/contests/

1/15/14 The Winter Anthology Prize: $1,000 Fee: $10 to The Winter Anthology
The Winter Anthology
20 Nielsen Lane
Lenox, MA 01240

 

Judge: Andre Zawacki
Notify: late winter
Poems: Please send up to 50 pages in any genre (a book or book-length manuscript somewhat over 50 pages is acceptable). Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published and unpublished writings are equally welcome. To get a sense of our aesthetics, see our inaugural volume at winteranthology.com. All work will be read by the editors, with finalists judged. Multiple entries are welcome, as are entries including a mix of genres. The final decision will be announced here in late autumn. In the event that none of the entries meet our standards, no winner will be declared. The winner will be published in The Winter Anthology and receive a $1000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication. To enter by mail, send your writing and a $10 check made out to The Winter Anthology; to enter electronically, go to thewinteranthology.submishmash.com/submit
http://www.winteranthology.com/

1/15/14 Women Artists Datebook Contest Prizes: $70 and publication Fee: none
Syracuse Cultural Workers TOOLS FOR CHANGE
Box 6367
Syracuse, NY 13217
tree@syracuseculturalworkers.com Judge:
Notify: mid-March
Poems: Poetry: $70/4 datebooks. 5 poem/30-line limit/name and address on each page/previously published poems accepted. Artists/poets will be contacted by mid-March if selected. E-mail or postal.
https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/art/call-for-art

1/15/14 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition Prizes: $1,000, (2)$250, and conference tuition Fee: $25
online only
  Judge: Ellen Bass
Notify: April
Poems: Extended to January 31. Submit up to six unpublished poems (10-page maximum). Eligibility: Any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript; Unpublished work only. Work appearing in online journals is considered published. Work on personal websites or blogs is considered unpublished; Previous winners are not eligible in the genre in which they have won; Board members are prohibited from submitting manuscripts during their tenure on the board; Current and former students of the judges are ineligible to submit in those categories. You may enter multiple submissions per category and/or submissions in multiple categories. A reading fee is required for each entry.
http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/

January 16 Deadlines
1/16/14 Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Prizes: $250, $125, $50, and publication  Fee: $5 to Dreamquestone.com
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
alwest56@hotmail.com Judge: Andre West
Notify: February 28
Poems: Open to anyone. Current and former employees of Dreamquestone.com or their relatives are not eligible. Poems must be 30 lines or fewer, can be neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Short stories may be on any subject or theme; any fiction, non-fiction, essays, diary or journal entries are accepted. Neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, with a maximum of (5) pages or less. All entries must be original works. Entry form online. Fees: $5 per poem; $10 per short story, paid by mail or PayPal ($2.00 extra).
http://www.dreamquestone.com/

January 24 Deadlines
1/24/14 The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes Prizes: $500(x4) and reading at The Poetry Center Fee: $12 to the 92nd Street Y
"Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Contest
Unterberg Poetry Center
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
  Judges: Timothy Donelly & Eduardo C. Corral
Notify: March
10 pages: Open to poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection. Poets who have published chapbooks of less than 42 pages or in editions of less than 500 are still eligible to apply. Poets who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before fall 2014. Submissions consist of a typed ten-page manuscript. At least two of the submitted poems must be one page in length. Do not submit multiple poems per page. Individual poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished. NO personal identification should appear on any of the poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems. All poems must be original and in English. Translations are not eligible. No contestant may submit more than one entry, and manuscripts by more than one author will not be accepted. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the submission. Entries must be received by 5 pm on Fri, Jan 24, 2014. An entry fee of $12 must accompany the submission. Contest entries and fees may be submitted online or mailed.
http://www.92y.org/discovery

January 25 Deadlines
1/25/14 Strokestown International Poetry Competition Prize: €1,000, €500, €200, more, and publication Fee: $5 or €5
online or postal
353 71 963-3759  Judges: Iggy McGovern and Michael Schmidt
Notify: March
Poems: Poems in English, Irish, or Scots Gaelic. See site for details. It is a condition of entry that short-listed competitors are prepared to attend the festival May 3–5 and read a selection of their work for a fee of €400 including travelling expenses. Postal entries must be received by January 25.
http://strokestownpoetry.org/2013/12/05/the-2014-strokestown-poetry-awards/

January 31 Deadlines
1/31/14 The 46er Poetry Prize Prizes: $400, $30 to honorable mentions, and publication Fee: $10 via PayPal
enter online
  Judge: editors
Notify: summer
Poems: The winner will receive $400 and publication in the Summer Issue. Entrants whose poems receive honorable mention will also have their poems published, and they will be awarded an honorarium of $30. Guidelines: Entrants may submit up to three original, unpublished poems. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if we are notified immediately should they be accepted for publication elsewhere. Entrants may pay on-line with PayPal. Submissions will be judged by The Adirondack Review editors. Winners will be announced during the summer.
http://www.theadirondackreview.com/contests.html

1/31/14 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest Prizes: $500, 50 chapbooks, and publication Fee: $18 to Grayson Books
Grayson Books
PO Box 270549
West Hartford, CT 06127
  Judge: Edwina Trentham
Notify:
Chapbook manuscript: 16-24 pages of poetry, two cover sheets (one with contact information and one anonymous). SASE for results only. Simultaneous submissions are permissible if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Online entry at site.
http://www.graysonbooks.com/co/article-submission.aspx

1/31/14 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500, (20)£50, and publication Fee: £7 to Hippocrates Prize
The Hippocrates Prize
c/o The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
12 Chandos Street
London W1G 9DR
UNITED KINGDOM
  Judge:
Notify: May
Poems: No more than 50 lines in length and not previously published in any form. They must be by a living poet, written in English and should not be translations of another writer’s work. Enter online at site.
http://www.hippocrates-poetry.org/

1/31/14 Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize Prizes: $2,000 and publication Fee: $20 to Crazyhorse
online only
  Judges: TBA
Notify: June
Poems: Enter online only, during January. Up to three poems. Reading fee includes one-year/two-issue subscription. More than one manuscript may be entered; subscription extends by one year per entry. All manuscripts must be original and previously unpublished; all are considered for publication. If mailing, include name, address, e-mail, and telephone number on a cover page; do not include identifying information on the manuscript, as all entries are reviewed anonymously.
http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/?page_id=197

1/31/14 The Iowa Award Prizes: $1,500, $750, and publication Fee: $20 to The Iowa Review
The Iowa Review
308 EPB
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1408
  Judge: Robyn Schiff
Notify: late April
Poems:  Submit up to 25 pages of prose (double-spaced) or 10 pages of poetry (double or single; one poem or several). Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere. All submissions will also be considered for the Tim McGinnis Award, given for the most surprising and unusual work of the year. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself. Enclose a $20 entry fee (checks payable to The Iowa Review). Add $10 for a year's subscription (optional). Label your envelope as a contest entry, e.g.: "Contest: Poetry." Postmark submissions between January 1 and January 31. Enclose a #10 SASE for final word on your work. Online entry at site.
http://iowareview.uiowa.edu/rules

1/31/14 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry Prizes: $10,000 and publication Fee: none
Milkweed Editions
Open Book, Suite 300
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
  Judge: G.C. Waldrep
Notify: April
Book manuscript: Open to residents of the Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin). No simultaneous or multiple submissions. Hard copy only; must be received by January 31.
http://milkweed.org/about-us/editorial/lindquist-vennum-prize-for-poetry/

1/31/14 Literal Latté Food Verse Contest Prizes: $500 Fee: $10/$15 to Literal Latté
Literal Latté Awards
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532
LitLatte@aol.com
Judges:
Notify:
Poems:  Send unpublished poems with food as an ingredient. 2,000 word max. All styles and subjects welcome. Name, Address, Telephone Number on cover page only. Please put poem titles/first lines on cover page as well. Include SASE or e-mail address for reply. Include $10 reading fee per set of up to 6 poems OR $15 for 12 poems. All entries considered for publication. Include check or money order made out to Literal Latté or include Visa/MC/American Express number & expiration date.
http://www.literal-latte.com/contests/#food_verse

1/31/14 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award Prizes: $1,200 and 50 copies Fee: $25/$27 to Main Street Rag
Main Street Rag
PO BOX 690100
Charlotte, NC 28227-7001
704-573-2516
editor@mainstreetrag.com
Judge:
Notify: April
Book manuscript: Winner receives 50 books and $1000. Runners up also considered for publication.Send between 48 and 80 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 10 point type in an easily readable font like Arial or Times New Roman. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Our goal is "blind" judging. Preliminary readers are scattered across the US and don't read manuscripts from their home area. Do Not Include Dedication, Credits, or Acknowledgements Pages in entry. These pages are not relevant to the judging process. If they should accidentally slip through, first-round readers are instructed to disqualify manuscripts that arrive with credits, acknowledgements, or author's name on them. FOUR MANUSCRIPTS were disqualified in 2005 for diregarding this guideline and all had gotten to the semi-finalist round before they were disqualified. We take anonymity in judging seriously. For notification of receipt, include e-mail address. No manuscripts will be returned. No restriction on content style or subject. Electronic entry at site.
www.mainstreetrag.com/PoBkCont.html

1/31/13 Nerve Cowboy Chapbook Contest Prizes: $200, $100, chapbooks, and publication Fee: $10 to Nerve Cowboy
Nerve Cowboy Chapbook Contest
PO Box 4973
Austin, TX 78765
  Judge:
Notify:
Chapbook manuscript: Submit between 24-40 pages of poetry and/or short fiction and SASE with adequate postage for return. 1st Prize: $200 and 50 copies of published chapbook; 2nd Prize: $100 and 30 copies of published chapbook. All entrants receive a copy of the winning chapbook and a discounted price on the second prize chapbook. Send your manuscript, SASE, and payment.
http://www.jwhagins.com/ChapContest.html

1/31/14 New Millennium Writing Awards Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to New Millennium Writings
enter online
Don Williams, editor Judge:
Notify:
3 poems: $1,000 for best Story; best Poem; best Nonfiction; best Short-Short fiction. No restrictions as to style or content. Winners and selected finalists published in NMW, which you will receive for entering. Winners will also be published online at this web site. Send any time between now and midnight of January 31. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Each Fiction or Nonfiction is a separate entry and should total no more than 6,000 words. Each Poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total. Put name, address and category entered on the first page.
http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/awards.php

1/31/14 $500/500 OddContest Prizes: $500 adult/$50 youth, convention membership; books to top 3 places Fee: $10 to OdysseyCon (none for youth contest)
OddContest (to send check; e-mail entry only!)
Odyssey Con
P.O. Box 7114
Madison, WI  53707
(608) 566-9087
contest14@odysseycon.org
Judge: Laurel Winters
Notify: March 1
Speculative prose poem/flash fiction: Deadline extended to 1/31! For an unpublished speculative (science-fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) work in paragraph format, 500 words or less. Blind judging; preliminary readers will select the top ten manuscripts in each division to be sent to the final judge. Winners notified and results posted by March 1. Winning poems/stories will be read at OdysseyCon. Publication is not offered; multiple an simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is published elsewhere before the notification date. PayPal to treasurer@oddcon.com, or mail a check. E-mail your story or poem (maximum length 500 words), either pasted into the body of the e-mail or attached as a .doc or .rtf, to contest14@odysseycon.org. Please put your last name, first initial, and CONTEST: Youth or CONTEST: Adult in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, date of birth if Youth entry, mailing address, phone number, and the name/e-mail under which payment was made, if it is not the one you are using to enter. Receipt of entry will be acknowledged within 3 days.
http://odysseycon.org/contest/contest.html

1/31/14 Orlando Prize Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 via PayPal
enter online
  Judge:
Notify: April 1
Poem: $1,000 for best Story; best Poem; best Nonfiction; best Flash-fiction. Multiple submissions welcome. 36-line maximum per poem.
http://aroomofherown.org/orlando.php

1/31/14 Poetry Center Book Award Prizes: $500 and reading Fee: $10 to The Poetry Center
The Poetry Center/SFSU
Book Award
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132
  Judge:
Notify:
Published book: To a single outstanding book of poetry, published in the past year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a $500 prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco. Entrees will be accepted for the award from July 1 to January 31. Published original books by a single author (no collaborative works, anthologies, or translations) must be copyrighted in the past year. Entries can be submitted by publisher, author, or by a reader. An entry fee of $10 per book (all which is paid directly to the award winner and award judge) must accompany each book. Please include a cover letter listing the author's name, book title(s), name of person or publisher issuing check, and check number. Checks should be payable to "The Poetry Center." The judge for the award will not be announced in advance.
http://www.sfsu.edu/~poetry/awards/bookaward.html

1/31/14 Spirit First Poetry Contest Prizes: $175, $125, $75 and publication Fee: none
Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787
Meditate@SpiritFirst.org Judge:
Notify: April 30
Poems: Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (but only peaceful solitude, not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Please do not enter more than three poems. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified. Submit by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems will not be returned. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2014. Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Include the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest.
http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2014.html