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Poem Scholarships and Competitions

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Poem Scholarships and Competitions

Budding poets looking for additional money to help with college expenses may wish to apply for one of several poem scholarships and competitions for all students. Poem competitions and scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for exposure as well as cash prizes. Below are several poetry scholarships sponsored by a variety of literary publications located around the country. Prizes include cash awards and an opportunity for publication.

The Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors Poetry Scholarship is sponsored by the editors of the Southern Indiana Review. A prize of $1,500 is awarded, along with publication in Southern Indiana Review. In addition, the winner of the poem contest will also receive 25 complimentary copies. The Southern Indiana Review presents a selection of both established and emerging writers and artists. Submissions represent regional and national selections. SIR supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Southern Indiana. All entries for this poetry competition must be postmarked by June 1, 2012. Submitted poems must be available for exclusive publication in SIR. Current and former students of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible to compete for this award. There are no limitations regarding themes or subject matter for submissions to this poetry contest.

The Poetry Scholarship Contest for Emerging Poets is sponsored by Boulevard Magazine. The winning recipient will receive an award of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard. Applicants must not have yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. All entries for the contest must be postmarked by June 1, 2012. The award is given for a winning group of three poems by a single poet. The goal of Boulevard is to publish only the finest in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Boulevard is published by Saint Louis University. The first issue of Boulevard was published in 1985. It has been referred to as one of the best literary journals in the country. Light verse poems are not accepted. Poems submitted to the contest may be in a sequence or may be completely unrelated. Previously published works are not accepted for this contest. All entries to this poetry competition are considered for publication in Boulevard magazine.

The River Styx 2012 International Poetry Contest awards a $1,500 first prize. Applicants may submit up to three poems. The winner will also be published. Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on blogs and web sites will not be considered for the prize in this poetry competition. All entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2012. River Styx first began during the early 1970s with a group of musicians and poets. The first issue of the magazine was printed in 1975. Readings now take place on a monthly basis at a St. Louis restaurant. The magazine has become known for routinely being the first to publish important writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winners and U.S. Poet Laureates. In addition, River Styx has won numerous literary prizes as well as grants and support from the Regional Arts commission, Missouri Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Bordighera Poetry Prize is held by The Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation. This is an annual book publication poetry prize that also awards a $2,000 poem competition prize. The prize consists of book publication in the bilingual edition of the Bordighera Press. The goal of this contest is to locate the best English poetry manuscripts by an American who is of Italian descent and who also has an Italian surname. The winning submission will be translated into Italian to ensure the preservation of the Italian language. Each winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $1,000 for the winning poet. $1,000 will also be awarded to a commissioned translator. If the winning poet is bilingual, he or she may translate their own work. Submissions may also be submitted bilingually. All submissions must be postmarked by May 31st of each year.

Many poem competitions offer money awards which is the same as reciveving poem scholarships from the competition itself. It’s a great way to gather up the money needed to help pay for college a students cost. Apply to as many as you feel you have a reasonable chance of winning one.

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