For the 2021 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Eileen Myles. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 15, 2021, and closes June 15, 2021 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by October 1, 2021.
- The winner will receive book publication, a $1,000 honorarium, 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
- Each new poem should start on a new page
- Illustrations are strongly discouraged
- The reading fee for the Poetry Contest is $30 (We will waive the submission fee for anyone undergoing financial hardship or living with limited means. Please reach out, and we’ll step you through the submission process)
- Submission should be previously unpublished
- Do not include your name anywhere on the actual manuscript; if your name appears within the body of the text, please omit it or black it out (first name is fine, but last name must be omitted)
- You may include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
- Do not include an acknowledgments page in the manuscript
- Feel free to include a table of contents
- Simultaneous submissions permitted
- Friends, family members, and former students of judges or Autumn House editors may not submit to the contest. Students do not include interactions at short-term residencies or fellowships.
- Former employees of Autumn House, including interns, may not submit to the contest.
If you have any questions, please check our FAQ page.
Winners of the Autumn House Poetry Prize
|2019||Shayla Lawz||speculation, n.||Ilya Kaminsky|
|2019||makalani bandele||under the aegis of a winged mind||Cornelius Eady|
|2018||Charles Kell||Cage of Lit Glass||Kimiko Hahn|
|2017||Melissa Cundieff||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|
We strive to run our contests ethically and subscribe to CLMP’s guidelines. We encourage you to reach out if you are uncertain about a potential conflict of interest.