Make sure to check out the blog Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity. They post regular lists of places to submit. Like this one: 24 Calls for Submissions in July 2016 - Paying Markets. End of June they posted an awesome list of free contests also running in July. I've filtered the list to the remaining open contests and the ones that take poetry' enjoy! Deadlines from July 20 – 31, 2016.
Winter Tangerine Awards. Restrictions: Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, novel, or collection of any type. Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction. Prize: $250 apiece for poetry and prose (fiction and essay compete together), plus trophy, used books, box of cookies, and one-year WTR subscription. Deadline EXTENDED: July 20, 2016. Read guidelines HERE.
Stone Canoe. Restrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: July 8, 2016 (poetry), July 22, 2016 (fiction), July 29, 2016 (non-fiction).
The New Writers Award. Sponsored by the thirteen members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Genre: First published volume of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Prize: $500. Deadline: July 25, 2016.
Black Country Museum Poetry Competition. Genre: “Poetry in any style which explores the concepts of earth and air, whatever they may suggest to you. Whether you think of the earth scarred and bespoiled by industry or the 'Green borderlands' that Elihu Burritt spoke of; whether the choke of foundry dust and the searing of the lungs by chemicals, or the weekend's walk in the countryside; whether it is the town or the country; the realm of worms or of the birds; of the highs or the lows; of the freedoms or the internments: earth and air are central to our experience, they are at the very core of us, the place from which we write.” Prize: £100 first prize. Deadline: July 29, 2016. Read terms and conditions here. Entry form is here.
Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words. “The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme. We seek new, original work, though individual pieces that have been previously published elsewhere may be included.” Prize: $250.00 honorarium and 25 copies of the winning chapbook, which will be printed and sold on Amazon.com. Deadline: July 30, 2016.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Restrictions: Open to young poets age 11 – 17. Genre: Poetry. Prize: Publication. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Restrictions: Contest is open to any writer of English: who is a native of Kentucky, or who has lived in Kentucky for at least two years, or whose manuscript is set in or about Kentucky. Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Prize: Publication by Sarabande Press. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Categories: Contests (No Entry Fee)