Rising Writer Prize

Guidelines for the 2022 Autumn House Rising Writer Prize in Poetry

The 2022 Rising Writer Prize is for a first full-length book of poetry. Moving forward, the Rising Writer Prize will alternate genres; the 2023 prize will be for a first novel.

The submission period opens October 1, 2021, and closes January 15, 2022 (Eastern Time). The judge for the 2022 Rising Writer Prize is Donika Kelly.

  • Must be the author’s first full-length poetry collection (previous publications of chapbooks and full-length books in other genres are fine) 
  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 honorarium, 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 manuscript
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a table of contents and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

Note: There is no longer an age restriction on this prize.

If you have any questions, please check our FAQ page


Winners of the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize 

Year Author Title Genre Judge
2021 John Belk The Gardens of Our Childhoods Poetry Matthew Dickman
2021 Diego Gerard Morrison Myth of Pterygium Novel Maryse Meijer
2020 Dennis James Sweeney In the Antarctic Circle Poetry Yona Harvey
2019 Eric Tran The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer Poetry Stacey Waite
2018 S. Brook Corfman Luxury, Blue Lace Poetry Richard Siken
2017 Cameron Barnett The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water Poetry Ada Limón