Poetry Contest

Guidelines for the 2018 Autumn House Poetry Contest

For the 2018 contest, the preliminary judges are members of the Autumn House staff, and the final judge is Kimiko Hahn. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2018 and closes June 30, 2018 (Eastern Time). If you have any questions, please check our FAQs page!

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • Poetry submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages. 
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS. Include your name and contact info in the “cover letter” section of Submittable as well as a brief bio. Feel free to include a TOC. 
  • We no longer accept paper submissions.


Winners of the Autumn House Poetry Prize:

Year Author Title Judge
2017 Melissa Cundieff Pexa Darling Nova Alberto Ríos
2016 Jane Satterfield Apocalypse Mix David St. John
2015 Brian Swann St. Francis and the Flies Dorianne Laux
2014 Ellery Akers Practicing the Truth Alicia Ostriker
2013 Danusha Lameris The Moons of August Naomi Shihab Nye
2012 Chelsea Rathburn A Raft of Grief Stephen Dunn
2011 Brian Brodeur Natural Causes Denise Duhamel
2010 Corrinne Clegg Hales To Make It Right Claudia Emerson
2009 Jacqueline Berger The Gift that Arrives Broken Alicia Ostriker
2008 Mary Crockett Hill A Theory of Everything Naomi Shihab Nye
2007 Miriam Levine The Dark Opens Mark Doty
2006 Nancy Pagh No Sweeter Fat Tim Seibles
2005 Ada Limon lucky wreck Jean Valentine
2004 Ruth L. Schwartz Dear Good Naked Morning Alicia Ostriker
2003 Deborah Slicer The White Calf Kicks Naomi Shihab Nye