Georgia Poetry Prize

In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press has established the Georgia Poetry Prize, a national competition that will celebrate excellence in poetry. Supported by the Bruce and Georgia McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment, the Georgia Poetry Prize will be open to unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by residents of North America.

Submission Guidelines: 2018 Competition

Dates for submission: All entries must submitted between 9:00 a.m. on October 1 and 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2018. All entrants will be notified of the results via email by February 1, 2019.

We only accept electronic submissions.

Our online submissions manager is available here:

Tech support for using the submissions manager is available at 1-406-480-6274. The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.

Selection process: Two preliminary judges read the manuscripts submitted to the competition. The preliminary judges select five finalists each; the pool of finalist manuscripts is read by an annually designated chief judge, who makes the final selection of one winning manuscript and a runner-up. Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Winners have ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract following receipt.

Eligibility: The Georgia Poetry Prize is open to unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by residents of North America (*individual poems may have been previously published).

Manuscript Guidelines:
  1. Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry.
  2. Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
  3. Please include a table of contents.
  4. Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in twelve-point size.
  5. Poems included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
  6. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
  7. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Georgia Poetry Prize competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.

Blind review: The intent of this contest is that manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the poetry and that judges will not be aware of the names or publication records of the authors.
  1. Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.
  2. Please do not include a list of acknowledgments crediting where poems have been published.
  3. Judges who recognize work will recuse themselves, and the submission will be reassigned to a different judge.

Confirmation of receipt and notification: You should receive an email confirmation immediately after submission. The winner of the competition will be announced in February 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please contact us via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Manuscripts risk being disqualified if they do not follow the submissions guidelines. The press will not accept phone calls regarding the Georgia Poetry Prize.

Statement of integrity: The University of Georgia is thoroughly committed to academic integrity in all of its endeavors, and the University of Georgia Press adheres to all University of Georgia policies and procedures. To help ensure the integrity of the competition, manuscripts are judged through a blind review process. Judges in the Georgia Poetry Prize competition are instructed to avoid conflicts of interest of all kinds.

The prize is awarded on behalf of three universities in the University System of Georgia—the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia—in partnership with the University of Georgia Press.

The prize has been established through a generous gift from Bruce McEver, a graduate of Georgia Tech and member of the Advisory Council of the University of Georgia Press, in memory of his late wife, Georgia McEver.

The winner will receive a publication contract with the University of Georgia Press.

Books in this series

Chouteau’s Chalk
Poems by Rosa Lane
Selected by Magdalena Zurawski

My American Night
Poems by Christopher P. Collins
Selected by David Bottoms

Sun & Urn
Poems by Christopher Salerno
Selected by Thomas Lux

View the judge's profile:

Travis Denton

James Davis May

Chelsea Rathburn