Rising Writer

Autumn House is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Rising Writers Contest is The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water by Cameron Barnett!


The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 33 years old or younger. Autumn House believes in supporting the work of younger, less-established writers who will become the voices of an emerging generation.

Guidelines for the 2018 AHP Rising Writer Contest:

For the 2018 contest, the preliminary judges are members of the Autumn House staff, and the final judge is Richard Siken. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. The contest opens November 1, 2017 and the deadline for entries is January 31, 2018. For further questions, feel free to email us.

  • Must be author’s first full-length collection (previous publications of chapbooks or self-published books are fine).
  • Authors must be 33 years old or younger in this calendar year
  • The winner will receive book publication, $500 advance against royalties, and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • Poetry submissions should be approximately 50-70 pages.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Please include with manuscript: Cover letter with current contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address), table of contents, and acknowledgments of previously published poems.
  • We only accept electronic submissions through our submission manager
  • $25 reading fee to enter


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