Contests (No Entry Fee)

5 NO ENTRY FEE Contests open in August, next deadline: Aug 3, 2016

Make sure to check out the blog Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity. They post regular lists of places to submit on their Calls for Submissions page. End of July they posted an awesome list of free contests running in August. I've filtered the list to the remaining open contests and the ones that take poetry' enjoy! Deadlines from August 3 – 31, 2016.


Spectator Competition. Submit a poem on the theme of summer in which the last two words of each line rhyme. Please email (wherever possible) entries of up to 16 lines to Prize: Publication. Deadline: August 3, 2016.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Poets living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., or West Virginia. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, ten author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer. Deadline: August 15, 2016.

Michael Marks Awards for Poetry PamphletsRestrictions: Book must be published in the UK between July 2015 and the end of June 2016. resident Genre: Published Poetry Book. Prize: £5000. Deadline: August 26, 2016.

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Author must be resident of Upstate New York. Genre: Book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long, published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Prize: $2,000.  Deadline: August 31, 2016.

Holland Park Press’s Poetry and Politics CompetitionGenre: Political poetry. Prize: £200 top prize. Deadline: August 31, 2016.

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