Ends on September 30, 2019

$28.00 USD


The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

Prize: $10,000

2019 Judge: Marilyn Nelson

General Guidelines

· Submissions are open July 1 – September 30.

· A fee of $28 must be paid at the time of submission.

· The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize is not a first book prize, though we welcome first books. The Prize is open to poets at any stage of their career.

· There are no formal restrictions, we welcome poetry of any style/form.

· Open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible.

· Poems may have been published individually in magazines or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

· Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify TRP immediately by withdrawing the manuscript via Submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

· Current and former students and faculty of Sam Houston State University are not eligible. Family members or former students of the final judge are not eligible.

· Submissions are accepted through Submittable only.

· Winner will receive a $10,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

· Winner will be announced in December 2019.

Manuscript Guidelines

· Manuscripts must be between 50 and 100 pages in length.

· Please include a table of contents, title page, and page numbers.

· Do not include an acknowledgments page.

· No more than one poem per page.

· Submissions are judged blind. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript. 

· Submit as a .pdf, .docx, or .doc file format.

· No revisions will be accepted once the manuscript is uploaded.