The Moth Poetry Prize 19

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About

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious – and lucrative – awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.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, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra and Billy Collins. Winners of the prize have included Natalya Anderson, Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry and Ann Gray, whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2015.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

Ireland Established in 2011

Audience

Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities.

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to poetry submissions through 31 December 2020 (30.6 days from now). 9
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemUnlimited number of lines.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK OK No Unknown OKText format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2020
Last Checked: 30 Nov 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 17 Jun 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 25 Sep 2012

Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.