Contests are great ways for writers to find inspiration, to move out of their comfort zone, and to even get their work published. Many literary magazines look for new, up and coming writers to grace the pages of their publications. It's a win-win for both writer and publication. Here is a list of seven contests that writers should check out and apply to!
1. Ex Ophidia Press
The Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize is open for submissions. For a fee of $25, this literary magazine poetry contest is looking for a book of poetry written by any author. The suggested length is between 64 and 84 pages. The winner will receive $1,000 and 15 copies of the author’s book. The deadline is August 15th.
2. Winning Writers
The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is a free poetry contest and is another international competition. The requirements are any humorous poem that is no more than 250 lines. The winner will receive $1,000, second place will get $250. In addition, there will be ten honorable mentions who receive $100 each, and these top 12 poems will be published online. For other tips and resources for your writing, check out their website at winningwriters.com
Omnidawn has three poetry contests this year. Two are poetry book competitions and one is a single poetry contest. Both book contests have similar guidelines. All styles and forms are welcome, manuscripts must be unpublished and original, and must be in English. The winners of both contests will receive a cash prize, publication of the book with a full-color cover, 100 copies of the book, and advertising and publicity. Both have a $27 reading fee. For the single poetry contest, any genre is welcome as long as it is between eight to 24 lines. The entry fee is $10 and the winner receives $1,000, a letterpress publication of the broadside, 50 copies of the broadside, and publication in the Omniverse online journal.
The Vallum Award for Poetry 2017 is looking for writers to submit poetry relating to the experience of being affected by a structural inequality. They encourage writers such as Indigenous writers, LGBTQ writers, and differently abled writers to submit up to three poems. Each poem must be a maximum of 60 lines, and their $25 entry fee covers the three poems. First prize is $750, and second is $250. Both will be published in Vallum’s magazine and on the website. The deadline is July 15th.
5. NY Literary Magazine
NY Literary Magazine has three poetry contests this year. All three are free to enter poetry competitions and prizes include publication and award seals. Winners will be published in both the print and digital magazines. The first contest is BLAZE—Best Love Poetry Contest, the second is Best Inspirational Poetry Contest, and the final one is Best Deep Poems about Life Competition. For the BLAZE contest, poets may submit up to five poems. The deadlines are at the end of the year. For more information, or tips and resources, check out their website at nyliterarymagazine.com
6. Fairy Tale Review
The 2017 Fairy Tale Review Awards are looking for poems that discuss the theme of resistance and protest. Writers can submit up to five poems with a $10 entry fee. Winning this literary magazine poetry contest will mean receiving $1,000 and publication in the Fairy Tale Review. The deadline for this contest is July 15th.
7. The Broadkill River Press
This year is the 15th Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. This is contest is free to enter for writers living in the Mid-Atlantic region of America. The requirement for entry is that the manuscript is between 48 and 78 pages, and writers must be over 21 years of age. The winner will receive $500, ten author copies of the book, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer. The winner will also attend a reading and an award ceremony at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. The deadline for submission is August 15th.
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