Poetry Competitions | Poetry Contests
Page updated 3/1/2016
Poetry contests can be a great way to get visibility
for the poem work that you have spent your time
producing. Please use your best judgment before applying to any
poetry contents though. Be wary of those competitions that
ask you to pay for submission and research the company
thoroughly. There are many scams
out there, so do your research.
If you make a
submission of poetry and you get an immediate email or an
email that asks you to pay for further publication do some
research. For the most part you should not have to pay
to submit to these competitions. While we list a
variety of paid and non paid contests it's best to check out the Better
Business Bureau for complaints at
Teen Ink Poetry Contests - Winning poems are
published in Teen Ink magazine. Competition
winners receive a copy of the particular magazine
featuring their work. Submission should only be
original poetry written by teens. Entries of all
kinds are accepted.
The Poetry Society - One of the largest poetry
contests out there today. This is a United Kingdom
Colorado Prize for Poetry - This international
contest started in 1995. Over 5,000 book length
poetry manuscripts have been submitted over that
Frost Foundation - Poem submission in the spirit of
Robert Frost. They do have a submission fee per
poem payable to the Robert Frost Foundation. No
more than 3 pages per submission at the time of writing.
Tampa Review Prize for Poetry - Send previously
unpublished poetry manuscripts. There is a
handling fee for each submission. Contest held by
the University of Tampa Review.
Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest - This contest is
sponsored by Hollins University. Awards for the
best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or
juniors in high school or preparatory school.
River of Words International art and poetry contest
- This poetry contest is in affiliation with the Library
of Congress Center for the Book. River of Words
sponsors a free international poetry and art
contest on the theme of watersheds. Open to
students ages 5 to 19 anywhere in the world. Deaf
students may submit poems in American Sign Language on
DVDs. Largest international youth poetry competition.
The Bridgeport Prize - Entries judged anonymously.
Unpublished works only. Open to those writing in
English 16 yrs. and over.
Griffin Poetry Prize - Prizes for a first edition
single collection of poetry written in, or translated
into English, from any country in the world. Their
goal is to raise awareness of the crucial role poetry
plays in our cultural life.
Juniper Prize for Poetry - Annual award for a
selected manuscript of poems to be published by the
Press. The award is named in honor of Robert Francis.