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The Poetry by the Sea Conference runs a sonnet contest, for unpublished sonnets and sonnet crowns, and a book award, for books published in the previous year.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 fifth season for Poetry by the Sea’s Sonnet Contest, renamed The Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest and run in conjunction with Mezzo Cammin, will open on December 1st 2022. 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 2023 Poetry by the Sea Conference. We welcome traditional sonnets, as well as artful variations that push the boundaries of the form. Click here for full guidelines.

Book Awards

The fifth season for the Poetry by the Sea Book Awards, given to the best poetry book published the previous year will open in February 2023. The category is Best Book of 2022, and the winner will be awarded a prize of $500. Click here for full guidelines.