Rising Writer Prize

The 2024 Rising Writer Prize is for a first full-length book of poetry. The Autumn House staff and select outsider readers will serve as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Eduardo C. Corral. The winner receives publication of their full-length manuscript and $1,500.The submission period opens September 1, 2023, and closes November 30, 2023 (Eastern Time). We will announce the contest’s finalists and the winner by March 15, 2024. 


Guidelines for the Rising Writer Prize

  • 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, a $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 those undergoing financial hardship or living with limited means. Before you reach out to request a waived fee, please read our full statement and instructions here. If the guidelines are not followed, we will not be able to offer a waived fee.) All fee waivers for the 2024 prize have been spoken for; we apologize for any inconvenience.
  • The book should be previously unpublished
  • We only accept original manuscripts; AI-generated or AI-supported works are not accepted
  • 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
  • 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 are permitted, but please let us know immediately if your book was accepted elsewhere
  • 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

Photo Credit: Nicholas Nichols

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He’s the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


Winners of the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize 

Year Author Title Genre Judge
2023 Lynn Schmeidler Half-Lives Fiction Matt Bell
2022 Liza Katz Duncan Given Poetry Donika Kelly
2021 John Belk The Gardens of Our Childhoods Poetry Matthew Dickman
2021 Diego Gerard Morrison Myth of Pterygium Fiction 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


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.