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Montreal International Poetry Prize @ McGill University, Montreal, Canada
May 10 @ 2:30 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:11 am

The Montreal International Poetry Prize, initially founded with assistance from Leonard Cohen, awards $20,000 CAD to the writer of a single poem. Click here to learn more about the Montreal Prize and its new ways of thinking about the arts in a time of global crisis.

Deadline June 1st: submit online at the link above.

Call for Submissions: Sensations Magazine Best Newcomer Contest @ Sensations Magazine
Jun 29 all-day

Sensations Magazine, now in its fourth decade of publication, is sponsoring a Best Newcomer contest for its next issue, which will carry the theme “Global Warming.” The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems. The deadline is June 29. The contest is open solely to poets who haven’t appeared in Sensations Magazine. For details, visit and click on “Contest.”

OPA Pandemic Anthology
Aug 8 @ 2:02 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline September 1st. For details and to submit, click here.

Submissions Open for The Poeming Pigeon @ via Submittable
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day


Due to 2020 spinning completely out of control, we decided to memorialize-in-print the great poetry that is being written about the issues that have occupied our minds and our hearts this year. We are looking for poetry about the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matters Protests, Presidential Election, Fires, Hurricanes, Murder Hornets, and everything in-between. We welcome all voices and styles of poetry written in response to these issues, including how we cope and find hope. If hindsight really is 20/20, then let this issue serve as an important reminder of what truly happened…before history becomes altered or white-washed as it has so many times before.

Submissions Open: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2020

This issue scheduled for release in Fall 2021.

The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize-2021 @ via Submittable
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day


It’s time for the fourth annual Poetry Box Chapbook Prize.
Submission Period: Feb 1 – 28, 2021

First Prize:
$500 and 10 copies of their published chapbook PLUS distribution of their winning chapbook to ALL contest entrants.
Second Prize:
$100 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.
Third Prize:
$50 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.

This year’s judge will be Annie Lighthart.
The contest is open to poets residing within the United States and the winner will be announced in July.
Entry fee is $25 and all entrants receive a free physical copy of the winning chapbook mailed to them.

All guidelines and details on how to enter can be found at:


1st Prize: The Day of My First Driving Lesson by Tiel Aisha Ansari (Oregon)
2nd Prize: My Mother Never Died Before by Marcia Loughran (New York)
3rd Prize: Off Coldwater Canyon by C.W. Emerson (California)

1st Prize: Moroccan Holiday by Lauren Tivey (Florida)
2nd Prize: Hello, Darling by Christine Higgins (Maryland)
3rd Prize: Falling into the River by Debbie Hall (California)

1st Prize: Shrinking Bones by Judy K. Mosher (New Mexico)
2nd Prize: November Quilt by Penelope Scambly Schott (Oregon)
3rd Prize: 14: Antologia del Rio Grande by Christopher Bogart (New Jersey)
(tie) Fireweed by Gudrun Bortman (California)

Questions? Email [email protected]


Call for poems in response to a painting and/or a song
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This year the Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s spring Poetry in Performance program will be a Zoom event, held Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will focus on the theme “Healing Fractures” and will feature presentations by Salem painter and writer Cynthia Herron and singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger of the folk-bluegrass group True North.

In anticipation of this program, the MVPS is inviting poets to write poems in response to a visual work, “Low Field with Mended Oak Leaf,” by Cynthia Herron and/or a song, “The Ghost of Abuelito,” by Kristen Grainger. (Abuelito is Spanish for grandpa or granddad – an affectionate variant of abuelo/grandfather.) Then attend the April 25th event and perform the poems during the open mic segment of the program.

Three images of Herron’s work are attached – one showing the entire painting and two showing details of different areas. What the images on a flat screen can’t show: It’s 24” W x 20” H and nearly two inches thick; the niche in the center is six inches square and about an inch and a half deep.

To hear Grainger’s song in a performance with the True North band, enter in your web browser.

These two works, the visual piece and the song, inspired the idea of a Poetry in Performance program on the theme of “Healing Fractures.” We hope that one or both will inspire you to write a poem in response and that you will share the poem(s) during the open mic segment of the April 25th program.

Please share this call with other poets you know. More information on the entire program will follow soon.

III Concurso de Poesia Oregoniana 2021 + contest
Jun 5 @ 11:09 pm – Jun 6 @ 12:09 am

III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana – 2021
Bases del III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana
El Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO) que apunta a difundir, promocionar y alentar la poesía escrita en castellano desde el estado de Oregón, convoca al III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana, 2021.

Podrán concursar autores radicados en Oregón, con un poema escrito en castellano, y cuyos derechos no hayan sido cedidos a ningún editor y no hayan sido publicados.
El autor utilizará un pseudónimo, y podrá participar con una obra original e inédita que no sobrepase las 300 palabras. El tema es libre.
El poema deberá ser enviado a través de la página web
Los participantes, con su inscripción, autorizan la difusión virtual o física del poema y ceden los derechos del mismo al Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana.
El plazo de presentación finaliza el 20 de agosto de 2021
Criterios indicadores, puntaje
La calificación se realizará de acuerdo a los siguientes criterios:

Corrección ortográfica y sintaxis
La aplicación, en forma correcta, de las normas ortográficas y el uso adecuado del lenguaje, salvo cuando se utilice neologismos o expresiones populares, como recursos poéticos
Cartel del Concurso
Cartel del III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana en PDF

III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana
III Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana

Fallo del jurado y entrega de premios
El fallo del jurado se hará público el 18 de septiembre de 2021, y la decisión será inapelable pudiendo quedar el premio o los premios desiertos si el jurado lo estima necesario.

La fecha de la entrega de premios se hará en el mes de octubre de este 2021. El día, lugar y hora están por determinar debido al COVID-19 y serán previamente anunciados en esta página y en nuestro Facebook. Será necesaria la presencia de la persona galardonada o de un representante.

En caso de no comparecer, el premio quedará desierto. El hecho de participar en este concurso supone la aceptación de las presentes bases.

El ICO podrá o no publicar los poemas presentados en este concurso.

El premio será la promoción especial de la persona galardonada en la publicación de una antología de la poesía oregoniana con los mejores poemas escogidos por el jurado.

Se otorgarán 10 copias al ganador, 5 copias al segundo lugar y 3 copias al tercer lugar. El libro se pondrá a la venta al público a un precio módico.

El instituto de Cultura Oregoniana tiene el placer de contar con la colaboración del Oregon Poetry Association para la difusión de este concurso

2021 Sejong International Sijo Competition @ Sejong Cultural Society
Aug 22 – Sep 30 all-day

International Sijo Poetry Competition
No entry fee; Prizes $500, $250, $100
Submit online at
See more information at