Fee Waiver Guidelines

In order to keep our fees from potentially excluding writers, we are willing to waive the cost for those undergoing financial hardship or living within limited means. If the reading fees prevent you from sharing your writing with us, we encourage you to reach out—no explanation necessary—and we’ll step you through the submission process. We offer these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis and ask that you please be considerate when requesting a waiver as we cap the number of waived submissions at 25 per prize.

*We have reached our waived fee submission cap for the 2022 Autumn House Poetry Prize; we apologize for any inconvenience.  

To request a waived reading fee please use the following guidelines:

  1. Email us and use the subject “Request for Free Entry – NAME OF PRIZE”
  2. Within the body of your email, please include the title of your book and the email address associated with your Submittable account. If this information does not match the work submitted, the manuscript will be declined.

Please note: You can only receive one waived entry per contest, you may not submit a manuscript for someone else or share the waived fee with anyone, and you must submit your work within one week of requesting the waiver. When submitting your book, please follow all guidelines for the particular prize you are submitting to.