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The Moth Poetry Prize

A project of The Moth Magazine (see other related projects).


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The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious – and lucrative – awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. Since its inception in 2011 it has been judged by such celebrated poets as Claudia Rankine, Billy Collins and Nobel Laureate Louise Glück. Winners of the prize have included Natalya Anderson, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2015. The four shortlisted poems are published in the Irish Times online.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

Ireland Established in 2011

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities.

General General
Poem PoemUnlimited number of lines.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.


Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.


Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Text.

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

The Moth Poetry Prize Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 17 reports from 17 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported59 min | 97.6 mean avg | 61.0 median | 530 max days (112.9 std dev)
Responses88.23 %
Acceptances5.88 % of submissions accepted (59.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 5.88 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections82.35 % (69.2 avg. days per rejection) | 0.0 % personal, 57.1 % form, 42.9 % unspecified
Non-Responses11.76 %
Never Responded5.88 % (530.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals5.88 % (101.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending2 responses are pending (190 min | 352.5 mean avg | 352.5 median | 515 max days waiting | 229.8 std dev) from 2 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: EUR €15.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 30 Mar 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 31 Dec 2023.

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Last Updated: 25 Mar 2024
Last Audited: 27 Dec 2023. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 25 Sep 2012

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