This week’s batch of contests is mostly for poets, though Ninth Letter is offering up prizes in multiple genres. Deadlines range from April 25-30.
Tulepo Press is currently accepting submissions for the Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Submissions must be in English; translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books. Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript. In terms of page limits, 48 to 88 pages of poems is suggested, but all manuscripts will be read and given full consideration, regardless of length. The winner will receive $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with publicity and promotion. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Iowa Poetry Prize, open to new as well as established poets, is awarded for a book-length collection of poems written originally in English. Manuscripts should be 50 to 150 pages in length. Submissions should be postmarked in the month of April. The winner will be published by the University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
The Ninth Letter Literary Awards is currently accepting submissions in four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Literature in Translation. Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Literature in Translation (prose) submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words. Poetry and Literature in Translation (poetry) submissions should include 3-5 poems, no more than 10 pages total in the submission. The winner in each category will receive a $1,000 and publication in Ninth Letter. Entry fee: $17 (includes a one-year subscription). Deadline: April 25, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.
Ashland Poetry Press is currently accepting submissions for the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Submissions should be an original collection of poems of 50 to 80 pages. Translations are not eligible. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, 50 copies of the book, and an optional reading at Ashland University. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.