Contests & Awards

The Poetry by the Sea Conference runs a sonnet contest, for unpublished sonnets and sonnet crowns, and a book award, for books published in the previous year.

Sonnet Contest

The third season for Poetry by the Sea’s Sonnet Contest, renamed The Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest, will open on December 1st 2020. There are two categories: Single Sonnet and Sonnet Crown. The writers of the winning poem(s) in each category each will be awarded a prize of $500 and invited to read the pieces at the May 2021 Poetry by the Sea Virtual Conference event. We welcome traditional sonnets, as well as artful variations that push the boundaries of the form. Click here for full guidelines.

Book Awards

The third season for the Poetry by the Sea Book Awards, given to the best book published the previous year will open in February 2021. This year, we have only one category, Best Book of 2020, and the winner will be awarded a prize of $500. Click here for full guidelines.