March 1 Deadlines
3/1/15 42 Miles Press Poetry Award Prizes: $1,000, 50 copies, and publication Fee: $25 to I.U. South Bend
42 Miles Press Poetry Award
Indiana University South Bend
Department of English
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111 Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor
Notify: August
Book manuscript: There is no limit on the number of entries an author may submit. Simultaneous submissions are fine, in fact they are encouraged, just please withdraw your manuscript if it gets taken for publication elsewhere. Please include a SASE with each entry. Please include SASP for confirmation of manuscript receipt. No manuscripts will be returned. Entries sent by e-mail or fax are not permitted; they will be disqualified. On your cover sheet include name, address, phone number, and e-mail. The manuscript should be paginated and include a table of contents and acknowledgments page.


Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition Prizes: $1,000, 20 Publication Prizes, and 30 Merit Awards Fee: $10+ to Atlanta Review
online entry Judge: Dan Veach, Editor
Notify: August
Poems: Entry fee: $10 for the first two poems; may enter up to ten poems. Poems must not have been published in a nationally-distributed print publication. See site for directions.

3/1/15 Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest Prizes: $500 and publication Fee: $10
Ginosko Literary Journal
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978 Judges: various
Flash fiction: Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece. For an unpublished work of flash fiction. Please submit work, along with a brief bio, and cover letter if desired, to Attachments must be in .wps, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf form, otherwise they will not be considered (please include last name on every page submitted). Or send print submissions. Online submissions will receive emailed invoices via PayPal, though you do not need a PayPal account. Print submissions may send $5 in cash or check (made payable to Ginosko Literary Journal) to the above address.

3/1/15 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award Prizes: $500 and publication Fee: none
ATTN: Constance Withers,
P.O. Box 21607,
Detroit, MI 48221
Judge: TBA
Notify: June 1
Book manuscript: Open to African American poets only; whether previously published or not, may submit a book length manuscript for consideration. Poems submitted by another person, anthologies, or collaborations by more than one poet are not eligible. Manuscript should total approximately 60-90 pages, exclusive of a table of contents or other optional introductory material. Begin each poem on a new page, no matter how short it may be, and number the pages. Poems published individually in periodicals or anthologies are acceptable, but we will not consider an entire collection that has been previously published, whether self-published or not. Manuscripts entered in the Madgett competition may not be submitted to other publishers for general consideration but may be submitted to other competitions as long as you notify us that you have done so or plan to do so. If you are notified that your manuscript has won another competition, you MUST inform us of this immediately. Send two complete copies of your manuscript, typed or computer-generated on white, letter-size paper, with the pages consecutively numbered, to the address below. Do not include your name on any of the pages. Include with each copy a cover sheet which contains the title of the collection only and no other information. On one separate sheet of paper, list: (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) your name, address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address, if you have one; and (3) a brief statement signed with your legal name, indicating that (a) all the poems in the collection are original and uncollected (not appearing in a published volume of your work) and (b) you are an African American. Keep a copy of your manuscript. Entries will not be returned. After the winner has been selected, all other manuscripts will be destroyed. Enclose SASP so that we may acknowledge receipt of your material. Mail your manuscript using first class priority mail. Award entries must be received between January 2 and March 1. The decision of the judges is final.

3/1/14 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize Prize: $10,000 and residency Fee: none
online entry
Inquiries to with the subject line: Plonsker Prize. Judge: Anne-Laure Tissut
Partial manuscript: Biennial; prose in alternate years. Send no more than 30 pages. Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Books, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations. The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college.

3/1/15 Sawtooth Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,500 and 25 copies Fee: $25 to Ahsahta Press
submit online


Judge: Ed Roberson
Notify: May
Book manuscript: The winning volume will be published by Ahsahta Press. Manuscripts should be 48 to 100 pages of poetry, submitted in PDF, RTF, or MSWord formats only. The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. The title page should contain the title only. The author information is collected separately in Submission Manager. DO NOT include acknowledgments, author bio, or any other identifying information.

March 2 Deadlines
3/2/15 St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to St. Petersburg Review
St. Petersburg Review
Attention: Contest
Box 2888
Concord, NH 03302
Notify: spring
Poems: All writers not associated with the editors of St. Petersburg Review may enter. Each entrant will get a copy of the issue carrying the winning poem if a complete address is enclosed. An entry may consist of up to three unpublished poems. There will be one winner, although all entrants will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are o.k.; please let us know immediately if they have been accepted elsewhere. Fees will not be refunded and submissions will not be returned. SASE for results by mail. Please type all entries (plain text) and submit individual entries separately. Include a page with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title(s) of your poems. Your name must not appear on the manuscript.

March 8 Deadlines
3/8/15 Washington Square Poetry Award Prize: $500 and publication Fee: $10 to New York University
submit online   Judge: Eduardo C. Corral
Notify: spring
Poems: Submit up to three poems (six pages total) or one short story (up to twenty pages). Winners (one in fiction and one in poetry) receive $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of Washington Square. Selected runners-up may also receive publication.

3/8/15 Washington Square Flash Fiction/Nonfiction Award Prize: $200 and publication Fee: $10 to New York University
submit online   Judge: Tope Folarin
Notify: spring
Flash: submit a single piece of 500 words or less.

March 9 Deadlines
3/9/15 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000, reading, and publication Fee: $15 to Cave Canem Foundation

online only

  Judge: Nikki Finney
Notify: September

Book manuscript: Winner receives $1,000, publication by University of Georgia in fall, 15 copies of the book, and a feature reading. (Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.) Eligibility: African American writers who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self-published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Simultaneous submission to other book awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning such an award is required. Winner agrees to be present in the continental United States at her or his own expense shortly after the book is published in order to participate in promotional reading(s). Entry Fee : $15 . Entry fees are non-refundable. One manuscript per poet allowed. Upload manuscript as a .doc or .pdf document . Include a cover sheet with the title only and table of contents. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the uploaded document. Cover letter should include author’s brief bio (200 words, maximum) and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems. Manuscript must be paginated, with a font size of 11 or 12, and 50–75 pages in length, inclusive of title page and table of contents. A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is permitted, columns are not permitted. Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines will not be considered. Post-submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.

March 12 Deadlines
3/12/14 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships Prizes: $25,000 Fee: none
Application Processing
(Creative Writing Fellowships)
National Endowment for the Arts
Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506-0001
Notify: late December
Published poems: This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose available one year and fellowships in poetry available the next. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) or poetry are available to published creative writers of exceptional talent. Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. An individual may submit only one application per year. You must apply in a specific literary form (i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry). You must establish your eligibility in the form in which you apply. No exceptions will be made to the eligibility requirements. In reviewing applications for creative writing fellowships, advisory panelists consider solely the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the work that is submitted. The identity of the applicant is not known to the panelists.

March 15 Deadlines
3/15/15 49th Parallel Award for Poetry Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to The Bellingham Review
online only
  Judge: Bruce Beasley
Notify: July
3 poems: $20 for ONE entry (up to 3 poems formatted in one document). Each additional entry (up to 3 poems for each entry) is $10. All manuscripts will be read blindly; readers and editors will not see a contestant’s name or cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Everyone entering the competition will receive the spring issue. Submit online at site.

3/15/15 The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition Prize: $300; $50 minimum, and publication Fee: none
e-mail only
e-mail your submission to Judge:
Notify: June 15
Poems: We are looking for poetry of sixteen lines or less and prose works of 150 words or less. All works should have a narrative element. We prefer that you send your entry both in the body of your e-mail and as an attachment in a .doc, .txt, .odt, or .rtf file (.rtf preferred). At least $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minumum prize of $50. At least one of the prizes will go to a UMM student. Please submit no more than two works total, prose and/or poetry. Include your postal address as well as a 35-50-word self-description. There is no submission fee. Awards will be made at the time of publication. Because of the volume of submissions, we are not always able to send notifications to all works that have not made the cut. For the winners and those who will be included in the edition, please keep checking our website. Look especially on the Updates page. The fact that you may not receive a rejection notification is no reflection on the quality of your work. The large majority of what we receive is well worth publishing, and we are thankful for you sharing it with us.

3/15/14 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize Prizes: $3,000, reading, and publication Fee: $25 to Sarah Lawrence College
Campbell Corner Poetry Contest
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708-5999
Notify: July
Poems: Entries that treat larger themes with lyric intensity are especially welcomed. Winners are invited to give a public reading at the college. The poems will be published in the Poetry Contest Section of the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange. Omit author's name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Maximum length for submissions is 20 pages. Entrants must submit their poems in three printed copies. The entry fee is $25; checks should be made payable to Sarah Lawrence College. Previously published work is accepted, but when and where published should be noted on the cover sheet.

3/15/15 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry Prizes: $1,500, (2x)$250, and publication Fee: $23 to Gulf Coast
Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013
Notify: May
5 poems: To enter online (preferred), visit the online submissions manager and be sure to choose "CONTEST: Fiction," "CONTEST: Poetry," or "CONTEST: Nonfiction/Lyric Essay" as your genre. Upload one previously unpublished story or essay (25 double-spaced pages max) or up to five previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). Do not include a cover letter, your name, or contact info of any kind in your uploaded document; please put this information in the "comments" field.To enter by mail, send one previously unpublished story or essay (25 double-spaced pages max) or up to five previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). Indicate your genre on the outer envelope. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. Include a SASE for results. Your $23 fee, payable to "Gulf Coast," will include a one-year subscription. Manuscripts will not be returned.

3/15/15 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 Judges:
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.

3/15/15 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contests Prizes: $1,500 and less Fee: $1–5 each
Lucille Morgan Wilson
2325 61st Street
Des Moines, IA 50322
  Judges: selected by NFSPS, Inc.
Notify: August
Poems: Many, many different awards, with varying prizes and criteria, including extremely picky and outré form/subject constraints; see the website for more info.

3/15/14 Neutrino Short-Short Prize Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 to Northern Michigan University
Passages North
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
  Judge: Connie Voisine
3 poems: $15 entry fee. All entrants receive contest issue. We accept either electronic or paper submissions. Enter online at site.

3/15/15 The Pinch Literary Awards Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 toThe University of Memphis Foundation
The Pinch Literary Awards
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152 Judge: Ada Limón
Notify: June
3 poems: Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. $20 for the first entry; $10 for each subsequent entry. Fiction entries should not exceed 5,000 words. An “entry” in the poetry contest is three poems. Please include $10 for each group of three after the initial entry. Poems need not be related. Please make checks payable to The University of Memphis Foundation. No cash, please. The $20 entry fee also initiates a one-year subscription to The Pinch, except for international authors. A cover sheet that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, and email address. The author’s name or personal information should NOT appear on the manuscript. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be discarded unread. Please notify us if your address or e-mail changes. Optional SASP for notification of receipt of entry and entry number; optional SASE for a list of winners. No translations will be considered. Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible. Entries postmarked before January 15 and after March 15 will be discarded unread. Online entry available. All entries are considered for publication. Due to the high volumes of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years. Manuscripts will NOT be returned. Winners will be notified in June and announced in mid-September. Enter online or via mail.

3/15/15 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Prizes: $3,000 and publication Fee: $25 to Prairie Schooner
Prairie Schooner Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
201 Andrews Hall
PO Box 880334
Lincoln NE 68588-0334
Please send any questions to Judge: Kwame Dawes, Senior Editor
Notify: July 15
Book manuscript: welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English, unpublished and published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification. Poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Stories and poems previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. Xeroxed copies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscripts with anything other than a binder clip or rubber band. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Please send two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the author's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. An acknowledgements page may be included. $25 fee must accompany each submission. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Please include SASP for confirmation of receipt. #10 SASE for results. No manuscripts will be returned. All non-winning manuscripts will be recycled. Winners will be announced on website by July 15th. Results will be mailed shortly thereafter. Postmark between January 15th and March 15th. Submit online at site.

3/14/15 Tor House Poetry Prize Prizes: $1,000; $200 Honorable Mention Fee: $10 to Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize Coordinator
Tor House Foundation
Box 223240
Carmel, CA 93922 Judge: Marilyn Chin
Notify: May 15
3 poems: Open to well-crafted poetry in all styles, ranging from experimental work to traditional forms, including short narrative poems. Each poem should be typed on 8 1/2" by 11" paper, and no longer than three pages. On a cover sheet only, include: name, mailing address, telephone number and email; titles of poems; bio optional. Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome. There is a reading fee of $10 for the first three poems; $15 for up to six poems; and $2.50 for each additional poem. Checks and money orders should be made out to Tor House Foundation.

3/15/15 Tusculum Review Poetry Contest Prizes: $1,000, 10 copies, and publication Fee: $20 to The Tusculum Review
Poetry Contest
The Tusculum Review
60 Shiloh Road
P.O. Box 5123
Greeneville, TN 37743 Judge: Jericho Brown
Notify: April
Poems: Works may not have been previously published. (This includes web publications.) Please send us a cover letter with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please do NOT include your name on your actual submissions/manuscripts. You must include a SASE for notification. For a group of 1-5 poems, no more than 10 pages. Check or money order payable to The Tusculum Review. Includes one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication. Please do NOT send postage paid envelopes for return of manuscripts. All unpublished manuscripts will be recycled. Previous students of the judge, or those with a reciprocal professional relationship with the judge, will be disqualified. Submissions will be screened by the staff of The Tusculum Review, and finalists will be forwarded for judging. The Tusculum Review reserves to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.

3/15/15 Washington Prize Prizes: $1,500 and publication Fee: $25 to The Word Works
Nancy White, Administrator
WORD WORKS Washington Prize
Dearlove Hall
Adirondack Community College
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
Nancy White, Administrator
Judges: Washington area poets
Notify: August
Book manuscript: Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages. Include a separate cover letter with manuscript title, author's name, and all pertinent contact information. Author’s name should not appear anywhere in manuscript. With the cover letter, include an acknowledgments page and a one paragraph bio. Attach acknowledgments and bio to title page with a staple. For electronic submission, you may forego acknowledgments, but you will have the option to use the comment field to include your bio. You may send your file as .pdf, .doc, or .rtf. Repeat the title of the manuscript on the table of contents page. Use a standard font type, such as Times New Roman or Ariel. Font size 10-12 point type. For paper submissions, use only a binder clip to fasten the manuscript. Please do not use staples or folders. No manuscripts will be returned. Kindly indicate the information source where you learned about the Washington Prize. For example, AWP newsletter, Poets & Writers Magazine,The Word Works website. Enclose entry fee: $25 US drawn on a US bank only, payable to The WORD WORKS. Our submission manager allows credit card payment through Paypal or their standard Paypal crediting. Optional for paper submissions, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for contest results. Early in 2015, all entrants to the 2014 Washington Prize will receive the winning publication.

March 17 Deadlines
3/17/15 The Florida Review Editors' Awards Prize: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 to UCF/Florida Review
online entry
  Judge: editors
Notify: summer
Poems: Send one story or essay, or 3–5 poems. $15 reading fee includes a year's subscription. Include a cover letter with contact info and titiles; no identification on manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. Include a SASE for notification only. Manuscripts will not be returned.

March 25 Deadlines
3/25/15 Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition Prizes: $50 and publication Fee: none
Tony Virgilio
Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
1092 Niagara Road
Camden, NJ 08104-2859
3 poems: Deadline: In hand by March 25. Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2007 may enter. Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student. All haiku must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. Submissions: Each haiku must be typed in triplicate on 3x5 cards. The haiku must appear on the front of each card; your name, address, age, grade level, and school (please include the school address) must appear on the back of (only) one of the cards for each haiku. Do not use staples for any purpose. Judges named by the HSA. Awards: Six haiku will be selected and each awarded $50. The winning haiku and list of winners will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site. The high school of each student winner will receive a one-year subscription to Frogpond. Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication. Correspondence: Please keep a copy of your haiku; entries cannot be returned. Please do not send SASEs.

March 30 Deadlines
3/30/15 WC&C Scholarship Competition Prizes: (2) $500 scholarships Fee: $10 to AWP
WC&C Scholarship Competition
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
MS1E3, George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
  Judge: Sandra Beasley
Notify: May 15
10 pages: Submissions in fiction and poetry will be considered. Separate submissions in different genres are permitted. Writers’ names must not appear on submissions. A separate cover sheet must accompany submissions and include the following: Name, Address, phone number, email address, title, and genre. Previous recipients of WC&C Scholarships are not eligible to submit. All manuscripts must be typed. Prose must be double-spaced. A maximum of 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry will be considered. A $10 reading fee, either a check or money order in US dollars made payable to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, must accompany all submissions. Winners will be notified by May 15 th . All submissions should be accompanied by a SASE for notification. Two winners will receive $500 scholarships to attend a WC&C member program; funds are paid directly to the program selected. (Member conferences reserve the right to determine participants in their programs; winners select a first choice and two alternates.) Winners and finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

March 31 Deadlines
3/31/15 The Antivenom Poetry Award Prizes: $2,000 and publication Fee: $30 to Elixir Press
Elixir Press
PO Box 27029
Denver, CO 80227 Judges: TBA
Book manuscript: for a first or second book of poetry. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000, and their manuscript published by Elixir Press. All entries are considered for publication.Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page and on standard paper. Send a business size SASE for reply only; manuscripts cannot be returned. An SAS postcard for receipt of manuscript is optional. Please use a 12 to 14 point font. Do not send the only copy of your manuscript. Do not send biographical material, photographs, CDs, videos, or illustrations. Enclose a cover sheet stating the name of the manuscript and the author's name,address, and telephone number and a cover sheet with the title alone. Manuscripts must be paginated and include a table of contents and and acknowledgments page if appropriate. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, so long as Elixir is notified immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length. Please secure your manuscript with either a binder clip or file folder. Do not otherwise bind your manuscript. Online submission at site.

3/31/14 Arts & Letters Prizes Prizes: $1,000, and publication Fee: $15 to “GCSU” (note “Arts & Letters” in the memo section)/$17
Arts & Letters Prizes
Campus Box 89
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061
  Judge: Beth Gylys
Notify: July
Poems: Submit only original, unpublished work in English. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the editors are notified immediately that the work has been accepted elsewhere. Authors may submit more than one manuscript; however, each submission should include the required entry fee of $15. Include a cover sheet with your name, address (where you want your subscription/s to be sent), and phone/email contact information; also include the title of your work. For those submitting more than one manuscript, you may designate a gift subscription to be sent (please provide name & address where you want the subscription sent). Send a #10 SASE for announcement of winners. No manuscripts can be returned. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. For fiction and creative nonfiction: Submit one story or essay, typed, double-spaced, no more than 25 pages long. For poetry: Submit up to 8 PAGES of poetry, typed, single-spaced, one poem (or part of a poem) per page. For one-act plays: Submit one work, typed in standard format. Please mail your submission unfolded and unstapled in a large-size manila envelope and write “Fiction,” “Poetry,” “Non-Fiction,”or “Drama” on the outside. Submit online for $17.

3/31/13 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series Contest Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: $20 to Carolina Wren Press
online entry Judge: Ravi Shankar
Notify: November
Book manuscript: Send a 48-72 pp. manuscript. Manuscript should be single-spaced, paginated. Please include a table of contents. Include 1 title page with all author contact information and a title page with manuscript title only, no author information. Include acknowledgement of individual poems that have been previously published on a separate sheet. $20 entry fee. This contest is open only to poets who have had no more than one full-length book published. Manuscript being submitted may not have been published or self-published in print or online as a whole. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Publication in January 2015. More about previous publication, copyright, etc: If you have had no more than one book (48 or more pages long) published in an edition of 500 copies or more, or that has been published by an established press and is currently available by print-on-demand, then you are eligible. Two or more books: ineligible. Chapbooks (fewer than 48 pages) do not count. Carolina Wren Press reserves the right to declare no winner if the quality of submissions is too poor. Entry fees are non-refundable.

3/31/15 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition Prize: $1,000 and publication Fee: $15 to Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition
Finishing Line Press
P.O. Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
(859) 514-8966.
Judge: Leah Maines
Notify: early July
Chapbook manuscript: A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection written by a woman who has never before published a full-length collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. All entries will be considered for publication. The top ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE, and cover letter. Online entry at website.

3/31/14 Fish Publishing International Poetry Prize Prizes: €1,000 and publication Fee: €14 (online)
Submit online

Judge: Ruth Padel
Notify: May 15
Poems: Enter at site. You can enter as many times as you wish. One poem per entry. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English. There is no restriction on theme or style. Poem length is restricted to 200 words. The winning poems must be available for the Anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously. Copyright returs to the author one year after publication of the anthology. Copyright of the Anthology remains with Fish. Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted. Poems cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. The best ten poems will be published in the Anthology and each poet will receive five copies of the Anthology.

3/31/14 Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition Prizes: £150 and publication, £100, £50 Fee: £3/£2.50
online only
Notify: mid-May
Poems:  Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything from a limerick to a poem of 30 lines in length is accepted. The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

3/31/14 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry Prizes: $1,000, sponsored NYC reading, and publication Fee: $28 to Four Way Books
Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014
  Judge: Brenda Shaughnessy
Notify: Labor Day
Book manuscript: Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in English. Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. No more than one poem per page, please. More than one section of a poem can appear on a page, of course. Please use a legible 12 point font. Do not include art work. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. There are no length requirements save that book-length collections of poetry usually run between 48 and 80 pages of text. You may submit multiple manuscripts, but each must be treated as an individual submission, submitted separately, and each requires an entry fee of $28.00 per submission. Each must have complete contact info, etc. Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Your work will be disqualified if your name or contact info appears on the manuscript. Follow our guidelines for placement of contact info. Online or by mail.

3/31/14 Hudson Prize Prizes: $1,000, 10 copies, and publication Fee: $25 via PayPal
online only   Judge: editors
Notify: May 15
Book manuscript: Prizes awarded on publication. Include cover letter with brief bio and contact info. All entries will be judged anonymously. Black Lawrence Press does not use interns to screen entries. All entries are judged by the editors. Submit as .rtf, .doc, or .pdf. Please include a table of contents page and make sure that each page of your manuscript is numbered. Include a valid e-mail address so that we may contact you when finalists are announced. Because of the high volume of entries received, all finalists and semi-finalists will be announced on the Black Lawrence Press website. In addition to each year's winner, Black Lawrence Press offers standard publication to one or more finalists. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but you must notify Black Lawrence Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.

3/31/14 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest Prizes: $1,000, 100 copies, and publication Fee: $18 to Omnidawn Publishing
Omnidawn Chapbook Contest
Omnidawn Publishing
1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614 Judge: Kazim Ali
Chapbook manuscript: Open to all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Keep in mind that this is intended to fit in a 5.5 x 7 inch published chapbook of approximately 60 pages or less, although you can submit on standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages, and we will format to fit the smaller size.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge are not eligible. Postal and online poetry contest submissions accepted. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between February 1 and March 31 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $18 for the poetry chapbook contest. For $2 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning chapbook or any Omnidawn chapbook.

3/31/14 Pocataligo Poetry Contest Prizes: $250 and publication Fee: $5
enter online   Judge: Tyehimba Jess
Poem: You may submit groups of 3-5 poems per submission. Make sure to include your name, contact information, and title only on a separate cover letter. Include the title of the work on every page of the manuscript. Your name or any other personal information must not appear on the manuscript. Enter online.

3/31/14 Bevel Summers Prize Prizes: $1,000 and publication Fee: none
Bevel Summers/Shenandoah
17 Courthouse Square
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
Flash fiction: The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story is open to all authors of stories of up to 1,000 words. Send two copies, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with SASE for notification.

3/31/15 Wag's Revue Contest Prizes: $1,000, $500, $100, and publication Fee: $20 per poem

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Poems: All submissions are considered for publication. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but each entry must be accompanied with its own submission fee of $20. Submissions of poetry may include multiple poems but should not exceed 10 pages. Fiction and essay submissions should not exceed 10,000 words. All submissions should be previously unpublished. Wag’s Revue asks for first serial rights to all published work; all other rights revert to the author upon publication. Please make sure to remove your name and any contact info from the document you upload so that we may judge every entry anonymously.