4 Poetry Prizes That Are Currently Open

Do you have a packet of ready poems you want to send out? We have collected four poetry contests that are currently open and that you can submit to.
Photo by Trust "Tru" Katsande on Unsplash.

Photo by Trust "Tru" Katsande on Unsplash.

4 Poetry Prizes That Are Currently Open


The Foley Poetry Contest, sponsored by America Media, is given in honour of William T. Foley, M.D. Awarded to a single poem of 45 lines or fewer, the prize is worth $1000 for the winner.

Submission Guidelines:

Submit a single poem of 45 lines or fewer.

The poem should be unpublished.

The poem should be submitted in word format.

The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2020.

Visit here to learn more about the contest.


Sponsored by the family of Bob Sharkey, the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize is a single-poem prize. The winner receives $500; the poet who comes second receives $400; the third, $300. The prize is open to writers from around the world.

Submission Guidelines:

Submit a single poem.

The poem must not have been previously published.

The deadline is January 31, 2020.

To submit, visit here.


The Roadrunner Review is an online magazine managed by students at La Sierra University and dedicated to championing the work of college and university students from around the world. It is currently open for submissions for The Roadrunner Review Poetry Prize.

The winner of the prize will receive $100 and publication in the magazine. The Nigerian poet Michael Akuchie won it last year. The prize judge for the contest this year is Brenda Delfino.

From their blog: “We’re looking for poems that are attentive to language, are grounded in the concrete, and take us on a journey. We like being surprised by how a word is used. We enjoy poems about food or unexpected places. Above all, we are looking for work that is honest.”

Submissions Guidelines:

Submit up to 3 poems, five pages maximum: single-spaced, titled, 12-point font, previously unpublished.

If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave a note through Submittable.

Please state in your cover letter where you’re attending school.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2020.

Visit here for more information.


This prize was created by Nigerian NewsDirect in celebration of its 10th anniversary and as part of its “long term goal of supporting innovation in Nigerian poetry.” It is worth N150,000 ($393): N70,000 ($183) to the winner, N50,000 ($131) to second-prize winner, and N30,000 ($78) to the third-prize winner. The prize is open to only Nigerian poets.

Submission Guidelines:

The competition is open to all Nigerian poets at different stages of their career (except members of Unserious Collective and staff/interns of The African Writers). Nigerian poet, we take to mean a person born in Nigeria, or whose parents (at least one) are Nigerian, or a person living in Nigeria naturalized as a citizen.

Send in ONE previously unpublished poem of any length in a .doc or .docx file—Single-spaced. Font: 12, Garamond or Times New Roman—to poetrycolumnnnd@gmail.com. (Note: “n” appears three times in the email address)

Original entries only.

There is no guiding theme or style. Submit your best work.

Email subject should read, “NNDPP 2020 ENTRY.”

In the body of the mail add full name, a bio not more than 70 words, email address, and phone number.

Entrants retain copyright of their works but submission gives us permission to publish selected poems in a future anthology.

The deadline is January 25, 2021.

Visit here to read more about the contest.

Best of luck.


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