Sunday, May 07, 2017

Contests for Already Published (Poetry) Books - Where is it now???

The fabulous list of Contests for Already Published (Poetry) Books has moved!!

Never fear, the updated and even more fabulous list can be found over on the blog at my new website:

It even has an awesome graphic to make it easier to pin and share on social media!

Please go there and check it out. Follow my blog there so you can see updates when I add more contests to the list!


Nancy White said...

What a great project! What abut the Lambda, IPPY, and Kingsley Tufts awards?

Bernadette Geyer said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I will have to add those!

Jennifer Jean said...


Thank you--yes, your answer was very helpful. I've asked the publisher to put the real release year on it...we'll see what happens...

All the best,


Unknown said...

The Rilke Prize from UNT offers $10k for mid-career poet's published books too.

Bernadette Geyer said...

Thanks for the info about the Rilke Prize!

Karen Skolfield said...

PEN regional awards (New England, PEN Center). Massachusetts Center for the Book contest (MA only). Great list, thank you!

Bernadette Geyer said...

Thanks, Karen!

I've added the PEN Center awards and am waiting to hear from PEN New England about their application process, since I cannot find info on the web site.


Bernadette Geyer said...

And by the way... Congratulations, Karen, on your award from PEN New England for your book "Frost in the Low Areas"!

yf said...

For Minnesota writers, there is the Minnesota Book Awards contest, in various genres.

Bernadette Geyer said...

Thanks! I will research the info and include it with my next update.

Michele Lonoconus said...

hi Bernadette! I'm the manager for Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards and was hoping you could update our listing to that from what you have as Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards. Entry fee is $79 if entered before Sept 1, goes up to $99 after that. We still need to copies of the book and the prize info looks correct as well.

Winners are announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference and will also be featured in the print and digital edition of Foreword Reviews. The finalists and winners lists will be promoted on our website and in our e-mail newsletter Foreword This Week as part of a national publicity campaign, along with lots of attention on our popular social media sites.

Thanks so much!
Michele Lonoconus
Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Manager

Eric said...

Thanks so much for this resource! Please consider including the Kansas Book Award:

RR said...

Which are the first poetry book awards for self published (Partridge India) October 2014 publication? Is there an award that can be applied in 2016?

Bernadette Geyer said...

RR - Unfortunately, it appears that a publication from 2014 would not be eligible for any of the awards listed here. Many of the awards do accept self-published books (noted in the listings). However, the awards typically are given for books published in the previous year from the deadline for entries.

I do wish you all the best with your efforts to promote your poetry collection!

Tim Mayo said...

I'm not sure when you write "POD or self-publishing restrictions" and "minimum press run of 500," whether that means POD books are excluded from consideration or not. Also what does 'standard edition' mean?

Bernadette Geyer said...

Hi Tim,

For a minimum press run of 500, I am under the impression that would mean no POD books, that it has to be a printing of at least 500 copies of the book.

As for the term 'standard edition' -- I found a definition of 'edition' over at Harper Collins, which states:

Edition -- A group of books printed without changes to the content (originally from a single set of printing plates). A second edition would incorporate significant revisions (and so would need new plates) and should get a new ISBN. Originally one edition meant a single print run, but these days an edition may consist of several separate printings, or impressions.

I think that standard edition would imply that it isn't a special edition, limited print run (say, only 50 numbered & signed copies).

I hope this helps to answer your question. You might also contact a particular contest you're interested in to ask them what they consider "standard edition" to mean.

Best to you!

Greg Kosmicki said...


Check out the Nebraska Book Awards for books by Nebraskans or about Nebraska, or published by a Nebraska press by anyone on any award category subject.

Greg Kosmicki
The Backwaters Press

Greg Kosmicki said...


I forgot-- The Society of Midlands Authors annual awards. There are also the MIPAs, sponsored by the Midlands Independent Publishers Associciation.

Greg Kosmicki

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Bernadette Geyer said...

Thanks, Greg! I will be sure to add those the next time I update this list!


Vanessa Peterson said...

Can you tell
me if there are any contests for N C poets who have used Create Space to publish books of poetry? Thank you .

Bernadette Geyer said...

Hi Vanessa,
If you don't see one listed above that says it's for NC poets and accepts self-published, then I guess there isn't one specifically for those requirements.
Best wishes,