WCUPC Donald Justice Prize

Autumn House Press is pleased to partner with the West Chester University Poetry Center for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. 

The distinguished American poet Donald Justice is recognized as one of the finest poets of the late twentieth century. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Prize, and numerous honors for his verse, Justice was a masterful and exacting craftsman, traits that define the prize named in his honor. The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award. The Justice Prize welcomes unpublished, original book-length collections of poems that pay attention to form for consideration in the competition. The winner of the competition will receive $1,500 and have their manuscript published by Autumn House Press. Mark Jarman will serve as the judge for the 2023 Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

WCUPC asks that applicants adhere to the following guidelines.

  • The annual competition is open to all American poets regardless of whether they have previously published a book-length collection.
  • The manuscript should be between 50-100 typed pages in PDF form and emailed to poetry@wcupa.edu
  • No more than one-third of the manuscript may consist of permission-secured or public domain translations.
  • The manuscript should contain two title pages: one with the collection’s title, author’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number; and the other with only the title.
  • There is a $25 entry fee for each manuscript which must be submitted electronically.
  • The deadline for submitting is November 15, 2022.
  • For more info, please visit the WCUPC website.

Notification of contest results will be provided via email.

The winner will receive their prize and give a public reading at the annual West Chester University Poetry Festival in June 2023.

Any questions regarding the DJPP should be directed to the Poetry Center, poetry@wcupa.edu.