Now that the deadline for the Basho Haiku Challenge has passed, here are two more contests to consider entering. Both have entry fees, which tends to discourage a lot of writers, but both also have rather large prizes. (Both are also listed on the sidebar with the other contests.)
- Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Competition: The Writer's Digest contests are always big, and this one's no exception. The top three prizes are $500/$250/$100, 4th through 10th place each receive $25, 11th through 25th place get a $50 gift certificate good toward Writer's Digest Books, and all winners will be given a copy of the 2009 Poet's Market. All forms of poetry are welcome, and haiku is even mentioned by name (which is pretty rare for a mainstream poetry competition). Deadline is December 19th. Entry fees are $10 for the first poem, $5 for each additional poem.
- The Sow's Ear Poetry Review Poetry Competition: Unlike the WD competition, this contest only has one prize -- $1,000. Not bad for one poem. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and the high entry fee of $20 covers up to five poems AND a subscription to The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Deadline is November 1st.