Poetry Editing — Poetry Month Contests

Have you crafted a poem or rhyming children’s book and need poetry editing services? You’ve come to the right place. I edit literary works of all sorts, from poems to short stories to novellas to fiction and nonfiction novels. You can count legacy books, biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies among my editing projects.

But there’s something special about poetry, and poetry editing is one of my favorite service offerings. It’s gratifying to work with creatives who want their poems in the best shape possible, especially with an abundance of contests in which to enter their work.

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Why Poetry Editing?

If you haven’t joined the Author’s Guild, I recommend it. They are a tight-knit and helpful organization and share information on writing and poetry competitions. Before entering, it can be helpful to have your work edited.

Calls for Submissions April–May 2022

Each month we curate a list of contests, fellowships, and other writing opportunities with approaching deadlines. Opportunities will be posted in the month prior to their deadlines, so that you have ample time to submit your work or applications.


Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant
Eligibility: Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a traditional publisher in the UK, US, or Canada
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: April 25, 2022


Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets who have not had a full-length book of poetry published previously
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2022

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets who have not published a full-length volume of poetry
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: May 1, 2022


Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese into English poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism in 2021
Prize: $6,000
Deadline: April 18, 2022

Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA)
Eligibility: Translators with books of fiction or literary non-fiction translated from Italian into English in 2021
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 18, 2022

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $500-$1,000 to assist in travel to the annual ALTA conference
Deadline: April 18, 2022


New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $24
Deadline: April 29, 2022


Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents
Eligibility: Parents of at least one child under 10 years of age
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 17, 2022

Contact me and let’s get started!