20+ Paid Poetry Contests to enter in 2023-2024

Paid Poetry Contests 2023

With the new season of magazines out there, we at PoetryMama have come back with a new refreshing list of best paid poetry contests of 2023-2024, because we acknowledge the amount of blood, sweat and tears it takes for writers to find the perfect platforms for their work.

Our list consists of the world renowned magazines, established publishing sites, authors and poets who are eager to publish and support new budding writers.

(If you are interested in contests without any entry fee, we got you too. Click on the link down below)

List of Paid Poetry Contests:

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 17 July 2023, 23:59 GMT

Entry fee: First Entry: $AUD25 or $15 concession; Additional Entry (up to five additional entries): $AUD20 or $10 concession

Guidelines: Entrants may submit up to six poems. All entries should be in English. No simultaneous submissions are allowed. Entries must be unpublished and original works of the author.

Prize: The winner will receive AUD$15,000
The international winner will receive AUD$5,000
The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000
Four additional poems will be short-listed
An online prize anthology of up to 60 longlisted poems will be published

Summer 2023 Poetry Competition

Deadline: August 31st, 2023

Entry Fee: $1.49

Guidelines: Submit 1 poem per entry. Multiple entries are permitted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. The writer must be over 18 years old to submit.

Prize: $100, plus publication of their poem as a standalone piece on Free the Verse.

Willow Springs Magazine Surrealist Poetry Prize

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Entry fee: $15

Guidelines: Up to three poems per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions.

Prize: $1,000 and publication in Willow Springs magazine

BWR Poetry Contest

Deadline: September 1, 2023

Entry fee: $20

Guidelines: Submit a packet of up to 3 poems. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Contest submissions are free for up to 300 Black and Indigenous writers. 

Prize: $1000 and publication in BWR 50.2, our Spring 2024 issue. The first runner-up in each genre receives monetary compensation, acknowledgment in the print issue, and online publication (if desired).

Manchester Poetry Prize

Deadline: 5pm (UK time) on 1st September 2023

Entry fee: £18 (reduced price entry available)

Guidelines: 3 to 5 poems with a combined maximum length of 120 lines are permitted. The Prize is open internationally to those aged 16 or over.

Prize: £10,000

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Entry fee: $25 (U.S.)

Guidelines: They seek previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscripts and are open to any poet writing in English. Translations are ineligible for this prize, as well as previously self-published books. Manuscript should be 48-80 pages in length

Prize: $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press; 25 author copies of the published book; and a public reading at California State University, Fresno


Deadline: October 1, 2023

Entry fee:  $25

Guidelines: Poems up to 10 pages are accepted. Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome. Entries must be previously unpublished.

Prize: $5,000 and will receive publication and promotion.

The Atlantis Award

Deadline: October 1st, 2023

Entry fee: $10

Guidelines: Multiple submissions are allowed with a paid submission fee for each set of three poems. Do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Prize: $300

Tupelo Quarterly Prize

Deadline: 16th October 2023,9:30 am

Entry fee: $3

Guidelines:  Submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems of any style or sensibility. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. 

Prize: $500

Nebraska Poetry Society’s 
2023 Performance Poetry Contest

Deadline: Submissions will close when we receive 100 entrants or on October 31st 2023, whichever happens first.

Entry fee: $10

Guidelines: The writer must be 18 years old to enter. A printed copy must accompany the video. Collaborative poems are accepted.

Prize: 1st place: $200

2nd place: $100

3rd place: $ 25

Up to 20 poems will be selected as honorable mentions. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2023.

The National Poetry Competition

Deadline: (GMT UK time), 31 October 2023.

Entry fee: The First Poem submitted costs £8. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £5 per poem.

Guidelines: Open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. Poems must not exceed 40 lines in length.

Prize: Prizewinners will be notified by the end of February 2024 and invited to an awards event in spring 2024.

Vern Rutsala Book Contest 2024

Deadline: October 31st, 2023

Entry fee: $25

Guidelines: Submit 60 to 90 pages of poetry including a Table of Contents and Acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two title pages, one with title only, one with title and author name.

Prize: $1,000 is awarded, plus publication of the manuscript and 50 free books.


Deadline: December 1, 2023

Entry fee: $10.00

Guidelines: No more than three (3) original, unpublished poems are accepted. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Writers should provide a cover page/cover letter upon entry.

Prize: Prizes: $500 grand prize, $140 second place, $100 third place.

The Moth Poetry Prize 2023

Deadline: 31st December, 2023

Entry fee: €15 per poem

Guidelines: Any subject can be written upon without a line limit. Entrants should be over 16 years of age. Original and unpublished works only.

Prize: 1st: €6, 000; 3 runner up prizes of € 1,000; 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems.

Balcones Prize for Poetry

Deadline: September 1, 2023 – February 28, 2024.

Entry fee: $25

Guidelines: BOOKS OF POETRY of 42 pages or more may be submitted by the author. Original work only.

Prize: $1,500

The Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

Deadline: Must be submitted no earlier than October 1, 2023 and no later than November 15, 2023. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

Entry fee: $25.00

Guidelines: Poets of any age may submit. Submissions must be original, book-length POETRY MANUSCRIPTS written in the English language. No translations. Only one manuscript per year is accepted. Minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 64 numbered pages in length is allowed.

Prize: $1000 advance and a publication contract from Yale University Press and one of the six writing fellowships offered at The James Merrill House in Stonington, CT.

New England Review

Deadline: September 1 through November 1, 2023and March 1 through May 1, 2024.

Entry fee: Not mentioned yet.

Guidelines: Long and short poems, including translations are accepted. No more than six poems are allowed. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as well.

Prize: $20 per page ($50 minimum), plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription to the print or e-book edition.

Swamp Pink  Annual Contest

Deadline: January 1st to January 31st, 2024

Entry fee: $20

Guidelines: Set of 1-3 poems are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are

Prize: $2,000 and publication

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards 2024

Deadline: February 1, 2024

Entry fee: $18.00

Guidelines: Up to five unpublished poems per person will be accepted. Each poem should be no longer than two manuscript pages.

Prize: Awards the first prize of $2000, the second prize of $1000, and the third prize of $500 for a single poem.



Works published between January 1 and June 30 are to be submitted
and postmarked no later than June 30. Submissions must be received
by JULY 7, 2024.

Works published between July 1 and December 31 are to be submitted
and postmarked no later than December 31. Submissions must be
received by January 7, 2024.

Entry fee: Not mentioned.

Guidelines: Submissions must come from publishers. No SELF-PUBLISHING BOOK is eligible. All books must carry an ISBN.

Prize: Winner will receive C$130,000 and the other shortlisted poets will each receive C$10,000.

The 46th Nimrod Literary Awards

Deadline: January 1, 2024 to April 1, 2024

Entry fee: $20

Guidelines: 3-10 pages of poetry are permitted. No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.


First Prize: $2,000 and publication
Second Prize: $1,000 and publication

The winners will also take part in a virtual Awards Ceremony and reading in the fall of the contest year. All finalists in fiction and poetry will be published and paid at our standard publication rate of $10/page. Semi-finalists in poetry will also be published and paid at our standard publication rate.

-1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest 2024

Deadline: March 1st to June 1st, 2024

Entry fee: $10 per entry (unlimited entries)

Guidelines: Up to 2 poems per entry are allowed with up to 50 words per poem. No more than one poem per page. All submissions will be considered for publication.

Prize: First Prize: $500 + publication in Midway Journal

Second Prize:$250 + publication in Midway Journal

Third Prize: $50 + publication in Midway Journal

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