The Golden Shovel Anthology International Poetry Competition


The Golden Shovel Anthology International Poetry Competition

 February 1st, 2018 deadline

Open to middle school, high school and college students living in the United States and internationally, the Golden Shovel Anthology Competition invites young adults to submit original poems that adhere to the Golden Shovel form following the competition rules. Submissions are open from now until February 1, 2018. No fee is required to submit.

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Narrative 30 Below Contest


NARRATIVE INVITES all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today.
Submit your work now through November 19.

New Letters Literary Awards

image001New Letters is accepting entries for the New Letters Literary Awards.  This year’s online or postmark deadline is Thursday, May 18, 2017.

*  All entries are consider for publication in the magazine.
*  Entrants receive a year-long subscription to New Letters, also, a wonderful way for students to immerse themselves in great literature and learn from the most contemporary and exciting writing being published today.

Winners in the genres of fiction, essay, and poetry each receive a $1,500 cash prize and publication in New Letters.  Past judges have included such prestigious writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Janet Burroway, Kim Addonizio, Benjamin Percy, Philip Levine, and Cornelius Eady.  To view past winners, judges and issues, please visit

Questions? Contact Ashley Wann at or by phone at (816) 235-1169.


The Southeast Review Call for Contest Submissions + Writer’s Regimen

The Southeast Review is now accepting poems, short stories, and narrative nonfiction for their 2017 contests. Winners receive $1,000. There is a $16 entry fee. Deadline: March 15.

Additionally, the Southeast Review‘s 30-Day Writer’s Regimen begins February 1st. The Writer’s Regimen consists of 30 emails for the month of February that includes daily writing prompts, riff words, weekly messages, and craft talks from amazing writers.


Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards


Deadline: March 15, 2017

Created by Kean W. Spencer in honor of his mother, a reader and community servant, the award welcomes unpublished, original poems composed in the traditional modes of meter, rhyme and received forms and offers a first prize ($1,500), and a runner-up prize ($500).

  • The annual competition is open to undergraduate poets who are enrolled in a United States college or university.
  • The author’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and name of college or university attended should be submitted on a separate sheet.
  • There is no fee to enter. Submissions may be a combination of poems submitted to the Iris N. Spencer Award, the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, or the Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award. Limit of two poems per contest.
  • All submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than March 15, 2017.
  • Submissions should be mailed to:

    WCU Poetry Awards
    Poetry House
    West Chester University
    West Chester, PA 19383

  • Electronic submissions may be sent as an e-mail attachment to: (put WCU Poetry Awards in the subject line).

Submitted poems will not be returned. For notification of contest results please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Submit your poems to Zócalo Public Square

Zócalo Public Square’s sixth annual poetry prize is awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.
The winner will receive $500 and will be published by Zócalo on

The deadline for this no-fee contest is February 3, 2017.

Send up to three poems to

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Mochila Review undergraduate writers’ contest


The Mochila Review is a national undergraduate literary journal published by Missouri Western State University. They are currently hosting an annual writers’ contest for undergraduate students, called the Undergraduate MoRe Prize.

This year, the contest will be open to poetry submissions only. Contest submissions will be accepted through the website ( from October 1 to December 1. The winning writer, selected by guest judge Nikki Giovanni, will be announced January 1. He/she will receive a $50 prize and publication in our 2016 issue. The Undergraduate MoRe Prize is separate from regular submissions and there is a small entry fee of $5.


Pointing finger cursor, is a portal for all fiction writing and offers both the emerging writer and the professional author a chance to enter writing contests, develop their writing skills, and read quality writing. They partner with organizations and media sources to create gateways for aspiring writers and those with writing experience to showcase their work. 

One of the site’s main goals is to broaden the avenues for writers to sell their writing and find venues for them to have their work read. Their main focus is writing that contains Jewish content; prose or poetry that features either a Jewish theme, Jewish character, Jewish setting or locale, refers to Israel, the Jewish people, their religion, heritage, customs or history.