Ends on April 30, 2018

$15.00 USD

The Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

  •  $1,500 prize for a single poem
  •  Judge: Naomi Shihab Nye
  •  Submissions Open March 1 - April 30, 2018


  • Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on any subject in any style up to a maximum of 10 pages per entry. (We enjoy long poems!)
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please notify us immediately of publication elsewhere.
  • We regret we cannot accept entries after the deadline or changes to poems after submission.      
  • Reading fee of $15 per entry. A limited number of complimentary entries are available to poets for whom the fee represents a hardship. Contact us at bpj@bpj.org for more information.
  • Submitters paying the $15 fee may purchase a 1-year subscription to the BPJ for only $15, nearly half off the regular subscription price. 
  • The editors will consider all submissions for publication.
  • Finalists will be notified by June 30; the winner will be announced and published in the Winter 2019 issue of the BPJ.
  • We follow the CLMP Guidelines for contests and are committed, in all we do, to the highest ethical standards. If you are a personal friend, family member, or student of any BPJ editor or of the judge, or if you are a former or current intern or staff member of the BPJ, please refrain from submitting.  


“…every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome…”

Adrienne Rich

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