Ohio State University Press Poetry Contest http://www.ohiostatepress.org
A $2,000 poetry contest for book-length manuscripts (at least 48 pages), sponsored by the Ohio State University's literary magazine, "The Journal". Reading fee: $25. Entries must be postmarked during the month of September.
  Foley Poetry Contest at America Magazine http://www.americamagazine.org/poetry.cfm
America magazine sponsors annually the Foley Poetry Award with a $1,000 prize. Submit only one poem of 30 lines or fewer. Poems must arrive between January 1 and the third Friday of April. Free entry. No email submissions.
  Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize http://www.proaxis.com/~calyx
Annual contest. Prize: Publication and $300. Deadline: May 31, 2005. There is a $15 per entry fee. No more than six manuscript pages. Women writers only.
  Juniper Prize for Poetry Contest http://www.umass.edu/umpress/juniper.html
Original manuscripts of at least fifty pages are sought by The University of Massachusetts Press which will publish the winning collection of original poetry. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: September 30, 2003.
  Poetry Contest Caution http://windpub.com/literary.scams/
Provides a listing of some on-line poetry websites which sponsor misleading or deceptive "contests", for which no entry fees are usually charged.
  Indiana Review Annual Poetry Prize http://www.indiana.edu/~inreview
Prize: $1000 plus publication. Deadline: March 2005. Reading Fee: $15 (includes a year's subscription).
  Griffin Poetry Prize http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com
Griffin Poetry Prizes, worth C$40,000 each, are annual international and Canadian literary awards for poetry written or translated into English. Publishers only are invited to submit collections of poetry in traditional print format each calendar year.
  Hollis Summers Poetry Prize http://www.ohiou.edu/oupress/poetryprize.htm
Seeks manuscript collections of unpublished poems. Prize: $500 cash, plus publication. Reading fee: $15. Deadline: October 31.
  Winning Writers http://www.winningwriters.com/
Offers several annual competitions, among them a contest on the specific theme of War and a parody competition. Includes link lists, recommendations for reading and an online guide to poetry contests for subscribers.
  May Swenson Poetry Award http://www.usu.edu/usupress/poetcomp.htm
Seeks original manuscripts, 50-100 pages, on any theme. Prize: $1,000, plus publication. Reading fee: $25. Deadline: September 30.
  Bridport Prize http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/index.htm
An international creative writing competition for poetry (under 42 lines) and short stories (under 5,000 words). Prize money totals ten thousand pounds. Entry fee: Six pounds. Deadline: June 30, each year.
  Colorado Review Poetry Contest http://www.coloradoreview.com
An annual contest for a book-length collection of poems, ranging from forty to one hundred manuscript pages. Prize is $1,500, plus publication. Closing date: mid-January. Sponsored by the University of Colorado.
  The Poetry Business competition http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/comp2000.htm
Contestants submit a collection of poems (1624 pages). Up to five winners share a pool of One Thousand Pounds, plus publication. Closing date: 31 October. Entry fee: 18 per collection.
  Jolly Roger Classical Poetry Contest http://jollyroger.com/poetryclassic
Traditional poetry is favored. Awards include a classic Captain Ahab bust. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: May 30, 2003.
  Strokestown Poetry Prize http://www.strokestownpoetryprize.com
Three categories of poetry are sought, each with a limit of 70 lines. Cash prizes total $7,000. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 18.
  Comstock Review Annual Poetry Contest http://www.comstockreview.org
Original, unpublished poems are sought. Maximum length: 40 lines. Entry fee: $3 per poem. Prize pool: $1,350. Deadline: July 1. Selected poems will be published.
  Poetry London http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk/
One of Britain's leading poetry magazines, features original poems, and reviews, and sponsors a rewarding annual contest for unpublished poems, less than 80 lines in length. Winners have been announced for 2003 contest.
  The Backwaters Prize http://www.thebackwaterspress.homestead.com
Annual contest requires full-length (60 to 85 pages) manuscripts of original poems. First prize: $1,000 plus publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 4.
  Ragged Raven's International Poetry Competition http://www.raggedraven.co.uk/competition.htm
Annual contest seeks poems of any length and on any subject. Prize money totals 450 pounds. Entry fee: 3 pounds. Closing date: October 31, 2003.
  Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award http://www.bitteroleander.com/contest.html
Annual contest offers a $1,000 cash award, plus publication, for an imaginative work. Reading fee: $10. Deadline: June 15.
  Slipstream Press Poetry Contest http://www.slipstreampress.org
An annual poetry chapbook contest, worth $1,000, seeking up to forty pages of poetry in any style, format or theme. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 1, each year.
  Cherry Grove Collections http://www.cherry-grove.com
Offers two contests annually, closing March 15 and June 15, respectively. Both seek original full-length (minimum: 48 pages) manuscripts. Reading fee: $20. Prizes in each case: $1,000, plus publication.
  Voices Network http://www.voicesnet.com
Features quarterly poetry competitions, with no entry fees. Open to all, though entries from children are judged by less strict criteria. Cash prizes total $175.
  Haiku Contest Announcements http://www.haikuworld.org/contests/
Provides details of haiku contests around the world.
  First Writer Poetry Competition http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition.shtml
Annual contest offers $200 as First Prize for a poem in any style and on any subject. Length: under 30 lines. Minimum entry fee: 3 pounds. Deadline: October 1, 2003.
  The Baltimore Review http://www.baltimorereview.org/contest.html
Seeks entries of one to four original poems, totalling no more than five pages. All styles and genres will be considered, including prose poems. Entry fee: $12. Prizes: $300, $150, and $50. Submit between March 1- July 1.
  Brick and Mortar's Biannual Poetry Contest http://www.bmreview.com
Contest is open to both experienced and emerging poets. First place: $1,000; Second: $250; Third: $100. Minimum entry fee: $15 (for three poems). Deadline: January 1, 2004.
  Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards http://www.pccc.cc.nj.us/poetry/Prize/index.html
Annual contest seeks original, unpublished poems, no more than two manuscript pages in length, on any themes, and in any genre. Prize money totals $1,300. Sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Deadline: April 1, 2004.
  The New Writer Poetry and Prose Prizes http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm
Annual contest seeks both single and multiple (six to ten) poems, plus short stories and essays. 2,500 pounds in prize pool. Entry fees vary from 4 pounds to 10 pounds. Closing date: October 31, 2003.
  Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest http://www.tfn.net/Writer_Association/penumbra.htm
Sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers' Association, this annual poetry contest offers prize money totaling $460. Deadline: June 30. Entry fees: $5 for poems up to 50 lines in length; $3 for haiku.
  Lost Horse Press http://www.losthorsepress.org
The Idaho Prize is open to U.S. authors only. It offers $1200 plus publication for a book-length poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more. Reading fee: $20. Deadline: May 15, 2005.
  Love Stories.com http://www.lovestories.com/ilovepoems.php
Monthly poetry contests for members, subjects and rules varying every month.
  Emily Dickinson Poetry Awards http://popularpicks.com/Dickinson.htm
An annual contest for original, unpublished poems, not exceeding six pages in length. Winning entries are published in an anthology. Reading fee: $12. Deadline: August 31.
  The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes http://www.92y.org/content/discovery_nation_poetry_contest.asp
Annual contest, co-sponsored by the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center and The Nation magazine, offered to poets who have not yet published a book of poems. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: January 17.
  People Before Profits Poetry Prize http://www.bbbooks.com/contests.html
An annual prize for an original poem on a "people before profits" theme. $10 entry fee. $200 prize. Deadline: March 1.
  Swift Satire Poetry Competition http://www.swiftsociety.com
Submissions are invited for a satirical poem, in the spirit and style of Swift, on a topic of social/political interest. First Prize: Euro 1,000. Closing Date: July 24, 2004.
  6th International Mattia Poetry Competition http://www.mattia.ca/contest6/rules6th.html
Open for entries between March and September 2005 with a 200 word limit and no entry fee. Includes information about the rules, a competition handbook and past winners.
  Reuben Rose Annual Poetry Competition http://www.poetry-voices.8m.com
Established to give a voice to writers of English poetry in Israel, this competition seeks poems on general themes, not more than forty lines in length. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: October 7, 2003.
  Cross Keys Press Annual Poetry Contest http://www.crosskeyspress.com
Offers cash prizes for original poems on any theme, up to sixty lines in length. Deadline: July 31.
  Glacier Press Poetry Contest http://www.glacierpress.com/contest.html
Seeks all genres of Poetry. Requires a collection of up to 10 poems per entry. Prize: $500, plus publication. Deadline: April 30. Entry fee: $25.
  Wild Plum International Poetry Contest http://www.wildplumpoetry.com
Seeks unpublished poems in any genre, up to 70 lines in length. Prize cash totals $1,200. Minimum entry fee: $5. Deadline: January 15, 2004.
  OnceWritten Poetry Contest http://www.oncewritten.com/Contests/PoetryContest.htm
Seeks original, unpublished verse for website publication. No maximum word or line length. Two contests per year with entry fee and cash prizes.
  The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards http://www.cgu.edu/tufts
An annual award of $100,000 is offered for a published book of original poetry by a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien.
  Cross Way Publications Poetry Contest http://www.christianpoetry.org/poetry_contest.htm
Closing December 30, this semi-annual contest is open to all Christian poets. All forms of poetry are accepted. Entry fee: $3 per poem (no more than a single page in length). Prize money totals $95.
  Georgia Poetry Society Contests http://pages.prodigy.net/elcampbell
Offers a number of contests throughout the year, international in scope, for short poems.
  Tom Howard Poetry Contest http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com
Annual contest, closing September 30, 2005, seeks original poems in any style, on any theme, and of any length. Published verse and simultaneous submissions are okay. Prize money totals $2,000, including a First Prize of $1,000. All prizewinners also receive a free copy of the Anthology of winning entries. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines.
  Cambridge Poetry Awards http://cambridgepoetryawards.org/
Dedicated to the promotion of poetry, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education offers Annual awards for performance and written poetry, to the poets of Massachusetts.
  Poets Against Poverty http://poetsagainstpoverty.wordsalad.net/
Word Salad Poetry Magazine sponsors a poetry contest as a fundraiser for "Poets Against Poverty." Prize money totals $600. Minimum entrance fee $10. Deadline: June 30.
  The Poetic Link http://ThePoeticLink.com
An interactive data base, publishing submitted works and critiques and offering monthly prizes for best poet and best critiquer. Includes membership form and contest rules.
  Christian Poetry Contest http://www.visionpage.info
Seeks Christian poetry. Maximum length: 350 words. No entry fees.
  Inertia Satori Poetry Award http://www.cayannes.com/contest.html
Seeks original, unpublished poetry up to 60 lines in length. Cash prizes total $1,000. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 28.
  Revelever Publications Chapbook Contest 2004 http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/REPU2377/
2nd Annual Chapbook Contest (30-40 pages). First place wins $500 plus 25 free chapbooks. Lesser prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Deadline: December 15. Entry fee: $10.
  Dog River Publishing http://www.dogriverpub.com
Offers a romantic poetry contest, closing July 6, 2003. Entries must be lodged electronically. $2 entry fee per poem. Extremely modest cash prizes.
  Wolf Poetry Competition http://members.tripod.com/~SAYANAWOLF/poetry.html
An annual poetry competition, seeking original, unpublished poems, five to thirty lines in length. Theme: wolves. Closing date: December 12. Entry fee: $5.
  Pennsylvania Poetry Society Contests http://www.geocities.com/paperlesspoets/pps_contest2004.html
Comprises seventeen open categories, plus four restricted to PPS members. Modest entry fees. Cash Prizes vary from $10 to $100. All winning poems are published. Deadline: January 15, 2004.
  HerPoetry http://www.herpoetry.com
HerPoetry sponsors a monthly poetry contest on a given theme. Prizes are modest, but entry is free.
  Aldrich Poetry Competition http://aldrichart.org/performingartspoetry.html
Sponsored by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, this annual contest seeks original poems by emerging writers. Two winners will receive $500 each, plus publication. Submission fee: $15. Deadline: July 31.
  Excalibur Contest for Unpublished Poetry http://www.excalibur.fw.nu/
Original poems are sought, under 200 words (not lines) in length. Email submissions only. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: C$10. First prize: C$200. Second prize: C$50.
  Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Contest http://www.mertonfoundation.org/programs_events_poetry_guide.ext
Seeks unpublished verse, no longer than 100 lines. Judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor and human authenticity. Prize money totals $650. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31.
  Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse http://www.poetrycontests.exactpages.com
Annual awards totaling $2,000 (including a $1,000 First Prize) are made for poems in traditional verse forms. Any variations on metrical, rhyming and/or formal poems are eligible. The judge's interpretation of "traditional" is loose rather than strict. No restriction on previous publication or previous awards. Minimum: 25 lines. Maximum: No limit. Minimum entry fee: $5. Closing date: June 30.
  Annual Short Grain Contest http://grainmagazine.ca/contest/index.shtml
Seeks original, unpublished poems in four categories. Prize money totals $6,000. Deadline: January 31, 2004.
  Odes of March Poetry Contest http://snowfaux.com/odes.htm
Annual contest, closing in March, offers a $300 cash prize.
  Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes http://dorothysargentrosenbergmemorialfund.org
Poetry prizes from $1,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for heartfelt lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life. Deadline: Dec. 10th 2004. Entry fee: $10. Open only to unpublished poets under the age of 40.

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