General Guidelines for Single Poem Contests

  • Fill in all required categories marked with an asterisk *
  • In the "Title" box, ONLY provide the name of all poems (ex: "House" "Tree" "Car") -- this makes it easier for our Editorial Assistants to track your entries/poems.  Feel free to use key words if your titles are long.
  • We accept credit card or Paypal payments
  • We read all work as anonymous submissions. Make certain your attached file has no identifying information.
  • Please include a cover letter with the following information: a brief bio, titles of all poems, your address, and email where we can reach you without going through Submittable messaging system.
  • Document page numbers preferred
  • Please put poem titles bold within the document
  • We only accept PDF, .doc, or .docx files. 
  • A submission can contain between 3 to 8 entries/poems uploaded in ONE document. The reading fee is $15 for the first three entries/poems and $3 for any additional entries/poems. 
  • Translations are not eligible for the single poem contests, only for the Chapbooks. (See below)

General Information for Poetry International Chapbook Submission:

  • Poetry International Chapbook is not a contest -- selected manuscripts will be published in an upcoming publication of Poetry International and the submitter will receive a contributor's copy
  • Poetry International Chapbooks are known as "Portfolios" within each printed copy
  • A $20 submission fee is required
  • Please include a cover letter with the following: a brief bio, your name, address, and email address where we can contact you outside of the Submittable messaging system.  
  • One submission per reading period per person ONLY
  • The Reading Periods are from January 1- February 1 and June 1st to September 1st of each year
  • Manuscript must be previously unpublished as an entirety (individual poem publications are okay) Please note publications on an acknowledgments page on your manuscript.  
  • Please also inform us when any other of the poems in the manuscript are published. All of the previously unpublished poems in the manuscript are considered for individual publication. 
  • Selected Poetry International Chapbooks are announced on our website and PI Online. 
  • We read all work as anonymous submissions. Make certain your attached file has no identifying information.
  • Translations are eligible, but only so long as you have permission from the original author OR the work is in the public domain.

Additional Information:

  • No Illustrations, fancy fonts, or decorative borders--Please make your entry/poem easy to read for our staff (No Comic Sans or similar)
  • Simultaneous submission are allowed -- please note whether or not any poems/entries are simultaneous submissions and if/when they are accepted elsewhere
  • Declined Entries will not receive an email, only a status change
  • All submissions are read in the order in which they are received. We are a University publisher and our staff and Editorial Assistants run by an academic calendar. Please, do NOT query about your submission.

Ends on $15.00 - 30.00
$15.00 - 30.00

Every year, Poetry International gives a prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International for a single poem. Editors of Poetry International will judge each submission. Submit up to 3 poems with a $15 entry fee. Each additional poem will require $3 extra.

  • Please read our general contest guidelines
  • Only previously unpublished work is eligible for consideration.
  • Provide your contact information (including email and phone) & titles of all poems submitted in the cover letter. 
  • No identifying information should appear anywhere on the submission. Keep the submission simple and easy to read, avoid unusual fonts. Please no illustrations.
  • ALL poems/entries are to be uploaded to Submittable within a single document (i.e. only ONE PDF, .doc, or .docx file is needed to submit "X" number of poems/entries, per submission)
  • DECLINED ENTRIES will not receive an email, only a status change

Simultaneous submission allowed: You may submit your poems simultaneously.  Please note whether or not any poems/entries are simultaneous submissions.

Poems translated from other languages are eligible ONLY IF you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

The winner is announced on our website.

Poetry International