Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Book Awards’


5 December 2019

Submission Guidelines

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity.  Awards are given for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1. The submission deadline is December 31, 2019. The winners are announced in the spring.

To submit a book for consideration, send five copies with a completed copy of the Entry Form to:

Karen R. Long
c/o Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216.685.2018

Upon receipt, the books will be forwarded to the jury. All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. No electronic submissions of an author’s work of any kind are accepted.


  • Books must be written in English and published and copyrighted in 2019 to be eligible for the 2020 prize.
  • Awards are given in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
  • All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned.
  • No entry fees.
  • The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019. Entries arriving after the deadline must be postmarked by December 31, 2019, to be eligible.
  • Confirmation of delivery receipt is not provided.
  • The following are NOT eligible for consideration:
    • Plays
    • Screenplays
    • Works in progress
    • Manuscripts
    • Print-on-demand
    • Electronically published or e-books
    • Self-published works

For Publishers – Prizes and Recognition

  • Anisfield-Wolf winners receive their prize at a ceremony in Cleveland in September.
  • Award recipients traditionally receive $10,000 from the Anisfield-Wolf fund.
  • Winners are required to participate in media interviews and publicity opportunities in conjunction with the prize.
  • Publishers are encouraged to congratulate their winners in advertisements and via social media.
  • Publishers are encouraged to mention the Anisfield-Wolf prize in new editions, general publicity and web posts about their winning authors.

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2020 University of North Texas (UNT) Rilke Prize

17 October 2019

An annual award of $10,000 recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year. The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.


Submission period open until November 30, 2019

  • Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry
  • Work must be original poetry written in English
  • Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
  • Books may be submitted by presses or by writers themselves and must be postmarked by November 30, 2019
  • Each submission must include 3 copies of the book and a completed entry form
  • Chapbooks are not considered previous publications
  • Self-published books will not be considered
  • Finalists may be asked to submit further copies
  • Books will not be returned

The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and in the DFW metroplex on April 1-2, 2020. UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.


The prize will be judged by UNT’s poetry faculty.

Submission Requirements

Authors or publishers will mail completed entry form with three copies of the book submission to address below.

Click here to download and complete the entry form.

Mail entry form and submission to:

UNT Rilke Prize

Department of English

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #311307

Denton, TX 76203-5017


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11 August 2019

The Jake Adam York Prize for a first or second poetry collection is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

Book-length manuscripts can be Submitted via Submittable until the

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019.

(See the Guidelines. See information about the 2018-19 winner.)

The prize-winning poet receives $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions.

Initial screening for the prize will be facilitated by the poetry editors of Copper Nickel. (All screeners for the prize will have published at least one book of poetry.) The winner is announced in early March.

Our goal in instituting the Jake Adam York Prize is to honor Jake’s name and legacy with a top-tier, ethical book prize that will offer not just publication but also high-quality designmarketing, and strong national distribution­. Milkweed Editions—which has an excellent marketing team and national distribution through Publishers Group West (PGW)—can offer these things. We at Copper Nickel are grateful and excited for their partnership.


GUIDELINES for 2019-20

For the 2019-20 prize we will begin accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts on July 1, 2019. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2019. The prize winner will be announced in early March, 2020.

Unfortunately, Gregory Pardlo has become overwhelmed by additional commitments in early 2020 and has asked to pull out of judging the Jake Adam York Prize.

Our new judge is FRANCINE J. HARRIS, author of play dead (Alice James, 2016)—which won the Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Audre Lorde Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and allegiance (Wayne State UP, 2012), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Harris has won the Boston Review Poetry Contest and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the NEA. She teaches at the University of Houston.

To be eligible for the prize, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks of less than 48 pages and individual poems in magazines are OK.)

Self-published books count as previous book publications if they are at least 48 pages and saw any real distribution whatsoever. (I.e., if your self-published book has an ISBN, and/or has been distributed through Amazon, and/or has had a web presence—even a very limited one—that counts as a previously published book.)

Previously self-published books are ineligible for submission for the prize, as are co-authored books.

Poets must be US Citizens (living abroad is fine) or must live in the US and be writing in English.

Poets who are family, current colleagues, close friends, or recent students (within the past three years) of the judge are not eligible to enterFormer student editors and interns of Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are also ineligible.

Entrants to the Jake Adam York Prize are welcome to submit to other Milkweed Editions prizes (the Ballard Spahr Prize, the Max Ritvo Prize, and the National Poetry Series). All these prizes are facilitated differently and, each year, have different judges.

Manuscripts can—but don’t have to—include work previously published in literary periodicals and/or chapbooks. If your manuscript includes previously published work, please include an acknowledgments page.

Final judging for the prize is anonymous. For this reason, please do not include your name or other identifying marks on the manuscript itself. (We will be able to obtain that information from Submittable, and the information will not be forwarded to the final judge.)

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Copper Nickel (worth $20) in exchange for a $25 reading fee, and all money raised beyond production costs for the prize will go toward paying Copper Nickel contributors.

Please note that when you submit your work to the Jake Adam York Prize you’re adding yourself to our contact list and, thus, consenting to receiving infrequent emails about our book prize, subscriptions drives, etc. We send no more than 2-3 of these emails per year.

Here’s the link one more time: SUBMIT.

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20 May 2016

Deadline:  June 15, 2016

The Miami Book Fair established The Paz Prize for Poetry in partnership with The National Poetry Series in Spring 2012.

The award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. The winning book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press, and its author will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Achy Obejas, a writer cemebrated for her work across various genres will serve as judge.

The second winner of The Paz Prize for Poetry is Carlos Pintado, for his collectionNueve Monedas/Nine Coins, chosen by judge Richard Blanco.

“The stories of America’s diverse cultural landscape don’t come in just one language or one color. The Paz Prize recognizes this,” said Blanco. “This important award bridges understanding through the power of poetry, and honors the value of Spanish-speaking cultures contributing their stories through the arts to the story of the United States.”

The first winner of the winner of the award was Dinapiera Di Donato for her collection, Colaterales, chosen by the prize’s inaugural judge, Victor Hernandez Cruz.

Miami Book Fair will award one prize annually for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident. The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify.

The winner will be selected by an esteemed Spanish-speaking poet. The chosen book will be translated into English by an experienced translator, and will be published in a bilingual edition. The Spanish Prize will be administered through The National Poetry Series.

Entrants should submit the following from May 1 – June 15, 2016 to: The National Poetry Series, The Paz Prize for Poetry, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540

1) A single-spaced copy of the manuscript. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Chapbooks, small groups of poems, and books previously self-published are not eligible. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of approximately 48 pages is suggested. All manuscripts should be paginated and typed on one side of the page only.

2) Two cover sheets, both including the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, email, and phone number, along with a brief description of the work and biography of the author (200 words).

We regret that manuscripts cannot be returned. There will be no additions, deletions, or substitutions once a manuscript is submitted. Entrants should inform The National Poetry Series immediately if the manuscript is selected for publication elsewhere.

Finalists for the award will be notified in late July, and the winner will be announced in September. Information relating to the competition will be available and

The winning poet will be given a chance to make final changes prior to publication.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Phone: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933

El Centro de Literatura y Teatro del MDC (The Center @ Miami Dade College) otorgará cada año un premio para la publicación de un poemario inédito escrito originalmente en español por un (a) autor(a) residente en los Estados Unidos. Sólo se aceptarán manuscritos de poesía con extensión de libro redactados en español. Las traducciones, obras de crítica literaria y textos académicos no serán elegibles.

El poemario ganador será seleccionado por un (a) prestigioso (a) poeta de habla hispana. El libro escogido será traducido al inglés por un traductor experto, y será publicado en una edición bilingüe.

El Premio Paz será administrado por The National Poetry Series. Los participantes deben enviar lo siguiente, desde el 1 de mayo al 15 de junio, a la siguiente dirección: The National Poetry Series, The Paz Prize for Poetry, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540

1) Copia del manuscrito escrito a un solo espacio. Los manuscritos deben ser inéditos, aunque algunos de sus poemas pueden haber aparecido en publicaciones periódicas. Las plaquettes, pequeños grupos de poemas y libros publicados por el propio autor no son elegibles. No hay límite de extensión. Sin embargo, se sugiere un libro de 48 páginas aproximadamente. Los manuscritos deben estar paginados y escritos en una sola cara.

2) Dos hojas de presentación con el título del manuscrito, nombre del (la) autor (a), dirección, dirección de correo electrónico y número telefónico, y una breve descripción de la obra y biografía del (la) escritor (a), con 200 palabras de extensión como máximo. Lamentablemente, los manuscritos no serán devueltos. Una vez presentado el manuscrito, no se permitirán adiciones, eliminaciones ni sustituciones de texto. Si el manuscrito es seleccionado para su publicación en otra editorial, el (la) concursante deberá informárselo de inmediato a The National Poetry Series.

Los finalistas del premio serán notificados a finales de julio, y el nombre del (la) ganador (a) se dará a conocer en septiembre. Para obtener información acerca del concurso, visite los sitios Web y

El (la) poeta que gane el premio tendrá la oportunidad de hacerle cambios finales al manuscrito antes de su publicación.

Para más información, póngase en contacto con: The Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Tel: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933

Last call for entries! Able Muse Book Award (for Poetry) — 2014

23 March 2014

$1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2014

Final Judge: Molly Peacock


Blind Judging by the Final Judge Molly Peacock.

Initial screening by the Able Muse Editors.

Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives reprint permission. (Still, more than half of the manuscript. may not have been previously published as a collection.)

Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we’re immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Unlimited entries per person.

All poetry styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).

A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages

Acknowledgments may be included in the manuscript but are not required.

We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.

If you wish to enter more than once, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.

If you’re entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.

For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winner.

The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:

Author’s name should only appear on cover page/cover letter and nowhere else.

Initial screening will be done by the editors of Able Muse.

The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).

The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he recognizes. The entry fee the work thus disqualified will be refunded.

Include on your cover page ONLY:

the title of your manuscript

a brief bio

the poet’s/writer’s name


phone number, and

email address.

Entry Methods:

Preferred method is our online entry form

DO NOT type or copy and paste your manuscript in the poem text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

Only send one file attachment with everything (50 to 120 pages), with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for each poem!)

There should be no identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Enter at online.

Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—

Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

The subject of the email should be: “<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)”

Email your entry to without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—

The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.

The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.

Duplicates not required, so do NOT send duplicate of the manuscript.

Send your entry to:

Able Muse Review
Book Award for poetry Contest
467 Saratoga Avenue #602
San Jose, CA 95129

Entry Fees:

$25 for a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.

No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:

Online ( right below!), OR,

By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.

In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.

To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with in your manuscript (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it’s different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online or check payment by snail mail.

For details on how to enter:


19 October 2013


MANUSCRIPTS should include a brief cover letter that includes author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, book title, and brief biography; an acknowledgment’s page listing previously published poems; table of contents; 48–112 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript (as requested). *Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, & page numbered, and may contain author’s name and information.

*Note to Poets: In an effort to make life easier on you (so you don’t have to reformat your entire manuscript) and easier on us (so we don’t have a clerical nightmare), book-contest submissions are not “blind.”  (Frankly, we don’t really believe that even “blind” submissions are truly blind, but that’s another story).  Our editors read poems, not bios.  So it really doesn’t matter who you are.  What is your writing like?  We have published debuts from authors with very few publications and we have published seasoned author’s with previous books.  We can totally, honestly, and ethically say that we have never/will never publish a collection based on who the poet is or where the poet is from. The poems matter. That is all.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. We are simply looking for the best poetry we can find.  When Poets & Writers asked us what we were looking for, here was our response (maybe it will help you consider submitting):  “We like honest voices, stunning imagery, and language so good we get chills reading it.  We like books that open themselves, invite us to sit in comfortable chairs, and speak to us like we’re equals in an imbalanced world.  Mainly, we want to publish poetry with a pulse in the heart of the Central Valley for as long as we live here.”

PRIZE: Winner receives $1000, a publishing contract with generous royalties paid to the author for every book sold, and 15 free copies of published book.

$25 READING FEE: Make checks payable to “Quercus Review Press”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Postmarked by Friday, December 13th, 2013.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO Quercus Review Press, MJC English Dept., 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

CONTACT: / 209-575-6183

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Able Muse Press Writing/Poetry & Flash Fiction

3 February 2013

ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE (Poetry & Flash Fiction) – $500 prize each & publication

Judges: Kelly Sherry – poetry; Thaisa Frank- fiction

Deadline: February 15, 2013

(There are entry fees)

Read the guidelines & ENTER now!


ABLE MUSE BOOK AWARD (Poetry) – $1000 prize, plus book publication

Judge: X.J. Kennedy

Deadline: March 31, 2013

(There is an entry fee)

Read the guidelines and ENTER now!