Poetry Contests

15 NO FEE Poetry Contests – DEADLINES: Dec. 2 – 31, 2018

Below are the details for fifteen free poetry contests in the order of the upcoming deadlines in December 2018. The contests are listed in order of deadline and in two sections: 1) open to most, 2) open to specific region, identity, etc.

Also listed are links to other sites who list creative writing contests on a regular basis.

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NO FEE Contests open to most

New York Encounter Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: December 2, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

THEME: Something to Start From

PRIZE: Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

PRIZE: $300

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Books must be written in English and published and copyrighted in 2018 to be eligible for the 2019 prize. Awards are given in fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

PRIZE: $10,000

Best Translated Book Awards for Poetry

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Translated books of poetry first published in English translation in the US or UK during the contest year

PRIZE: $5,000

NO FEE Contests open to specific region, identity, etc. 

Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award

DEADLINE: December 4, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Open to an LGBTQ writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance in the future. The nominee must have published at least one but no more than two books, written in the discipline of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

PRIZE: $1,500

Brunel International African Poetry Prize

DEADLINE: December 12, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African

PRIZE: £3000

Women Artists Datebook

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Inspirational poems that “promote activism and/or healing” by writers who self-identify as women

PRIZE: $70

Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Open to residents of California

PRIZE: 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25

Four Way Books – It’s No Contest

DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Poetry or Fiction by a NYC Resident

PRIZE: unknown

LUMINA — La Lengua NYC Multilingual Writers Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Multilingual Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction and Art

PRIZE: Judged by R.A. Villanueva, contest winners and participants will be featured at a NYC reading series in the winter of 2019, have their work read on LUMINA’Firefly podcast, and publication in LUMINA’s online journal.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: African American writer published in the United States during the previous year: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry.

PRIZE: $500

Brexit in Poetry Competition

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Poem up to 50 lines about Brexit, by a poet age 18+

PRIZE: £200

Society of Classical Poets, Poetry Competition

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: The poems must be within the four themes used by the Society.

PRIZE: $500

The Lyric College Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Open to undergraduates enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university.

PRIZE: $500

William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

ENTRY FEE: None

NOTES: Open to students enrolled in programs leading to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree.

PRIZE: $300

Other Contest List Links

http://www.freelancewriting.com/creative-writing-contests.php

https://winningwriters.com/the-best-free-literary-contests

http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/writing-contests


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