Rising Writer Prize in Poetry

Guidelines for the 2021 Autumn House Rising Writer Prize in Poetry

The Rising Writer Prize in Poetry is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 36 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.

For the 2021 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Matthew Dickman. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. The submission period opens October 1, 2020, and closes January 15, 2021 (Eastern Time).

  • Must be the author’s first full-length poetry collection (previous publications of chapbooks are fine).
  • Authors must be 36 years old or younger in this calendar year
  • The winners will receive book publication, $500 advance against royalties, and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages
  • The reading fee is $25 (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)
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

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Winners of the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize in Poetry 

Year Author Title Judge
2020 Dennis James Sweeney In the Antarctic Circle Yona Harvey
2019 Eric Tran The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer Stacey Waite
2018 S. Brook Corfman Luxury, Blue Lace Richard Siken
2017 Cameron Barnett The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water Ada Limón