Submitting For Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
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Announcing the 2020 winner of our Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry,
Leigh Anne Couch
Every Lash was chosen by Jenny Browne and will be published in April 2021.
The University of North Texas Press announces the 2021 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. This year’s judge will be announced. To avoid conflicts of interest, current or former students of the judge and series editor John Poch should not enter.
Dates for Submission
Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on September 1 and 5:00 p.m. on October 31. The winning manuscript will be announced by March 2021.
We only accept electronic submissions. The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal through Submittable.
Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
Please include a table of contents.
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.
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.
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 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.
Submit a 50- to 80-page manuscript. All pages indicating the poet’s identity will be removed from the manuscript prior to forwarding to the final judge. The winning manuscript will be announced by March 2020 on the UNT Press website.
Begin the submission process here: Online Submissions
- 2019: Instructions for Seeing a Ghost by Steve Bellin-Oka, selected by Peter Balakian
- 2018: Dream Kitchen by Owen McLeod, selected by Rosanna Warren
- 2017: The Goat Songs by James Najarian, selected by A. E. Stallings
- 2016: Ornament by Anna Lena Phillips Bell, selected by Geoffrey Brock
- 2015: Booker’s Point by Megan Grumbling, selected by Morri Creech
- 2014: Other Psalms by Jordan Windholz, selected by Averill Curdy.
- 2013: In the Permanent Collection by Stefanie Wortman, selected by Chad Davidson.
- 2012: Club Icarus by Matt Miller, selected by Major Jackson.
- 2011: Death of a Ventriloquist by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, selected by Lisa Russ Spaar.
- 2010: Circles Where the Head Should Be by Caki Wilkinson, selected by J. D. McClatchy.
- 2009: Stray Home by Amy M. Clark, selected by Beth Ann Fennelly.
- 2008: Ohio Violence by Alison Stine, selected by Eric Pankey.
- 2007: Mister Martini by Richard Carr, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.
- 2006: The Next Settlement by Michael Robins, selected by Anne Winters.
- 2005: Re-Entry by Michael White, selected by Paul Mariani.
- 2004: The Black Beach by J. T. Barbarese, selected by Andrew Hudgins.
- 2003: Losing and Finding by Karen Fiser, selected by Lynne McMahon.
- 2002: Bene-Dictions by Rush Rankin, selected by Rosanna Warren.
- 2001: The Self as Constellation by Jeanine Hathaway, selected by Madeline DeFrees.
- 2000: The Perseids by Karen Holmberg, selected by Sherod Santos.
- 1999: A Protocol for Touch by Constance Merritt, selected by Eleanor Wilner.
- 1998: MOVING & ST RAGE by Kathy Fagan, selected by T. R. Hummer.
- 1997: Soul Data by Mark Svenvold, selected by Heather McHugh.
- 1996: American Crawl by Paul Allen, selected by Sydney Lea.
- 1995: The Sublime by Jonathan Holden, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa.
- 1994: Delirium by Barbara Hamby, selected by Cynthia Macdonald.
- 1993: Partial Eclipse by Tony Sanders, selected by Richard Howard.