Sunday, November 21, 2010

Opportunity Knocks - 31 Dec 2010 & 17 Dec 2010

Poetry is not just for the scholarly, it is for everyone, everywhere. Some of the best poems are written outside of the classroom by those experiencing life firsthand. If you have ever considered submitting your poetry to places beyond the blogosphere, but were unsure, we hope to inspire you to do so by simplifying the process. Sometimes all it takes is an envelope and a stamp. In our “Opportunity Knocks” posts we will provide information and links to publications, contests and other opportunities for your poetry to be read and/or published. It is our goal to sift through and filter out the spam and scams out there. What we post here will be our best attempt at helping you find legitimate places to send your work.

Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud will be given annually for a poem by a U.S. poet under 40.
 John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee by December 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Rosebud, Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, c/o John Smelcer, Department of English, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000.


Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of 1,000 euros (approximately $1,270) and publication in Southword will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive some travel expenses, as well as lodging and meals, to give a reading at the Cork Spring Literature Festival in Cork, Ireland, in February. Leanne O’Sullivan will judge. Submit one poem with an $8 entry fee or five poems with a $32 entry fee by December 17. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Munster Literature Center, Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

*Many places do require small entry fees so please be aware of that when considering submitting your work. We will try to find those that don’t ask for any or at least that keep it to a minimal cost.

*If you know of any opportunities locally, nationally or worldwide please feel free to share them with Poets United so that we can check into them and then in turn share them with our readers and members.


  1. Wow, Robb, you keep coming up with really fantastic ideas. Thanks for being so helpful and supportive of our work, and for keeping the site alive and happening. You do a TERRIFIC job!

  2. Absolutely right, Sherry!

    Thank you Robert!

  3. Great stuff thank you guys. I've been looking to do this for a long time and you removed any chance for making an excuse.


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