Deadlines for May: Eight Single Poem Contests & Awards


We’ve got to be thankful to live in a world which will pay thousands of dollars for a single poem. Here are eight contests to submit your poems to this month.


Deadline: 4/30

2018 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

The poet Noami Shihab Nye is judging this year’s Adrienne Rich Award for Beloit. Send them up to three unpublished pieces for a chance at the $1,500 prize and publication in the journal.

Entry Fee: $15.00


Deadline: 4/30

Richard Peterson Poetry Prize

Crab Orchard Review wants to award a poet with $1,250 and publication online—just send them one, single poem. Your very best. Two finalists will also be awarded.

Entry Fee: $12


Deadline: 5/15

From The Georgia Review, this contest offers $1000 and publication. THE Natasha Tretheway is judging this year.

Entry Fee: $15


Deadline: 5/15

2018 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize

Maggie Smith is going to select the winner this year, awarding a poet with $500 and publication in Crab Creek Review. Send up to 4 poems, unpublished.

Entry Fee: $16


Deadline: 5/15

Frontier Industry Prize: $3000

Three amazing judges—Don Share of Poetry Magazine, Nicole Sealey of Cave Canem, and Matthew Zapruder of Wave Books—have come together to select the winner of this substantial award: $3000 and publication in Frontier Poetry.

Entry Fee: $20


Deadline: 5/16

The American Poetry Review editors are looking for a single poem from a younger poet (under 40 years of age). The winner will receive the $1000 prize and publication.

Entry Fee: $15


Deadline: 5/18

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

Ruminate has invited Ilya Kaminsky to judge for the 2018 prize. Send two poems, and one may win $1500 and publication. The runner-up will also be awarded $200 and publication.

Entry Fee: $20


Deadline: 5/30

Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize

Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar get to select the winners of Raleigh Review’s 2018 contest. The first place winner receives $500 and publication—all finalists will be published as well, with a $10 payment and year long subscription.

Entry Fee: $15 (includes the Fall 2018 issue)