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$30.00 USD, $40.00 USD

Submission Period
Entries must be submitted between March 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.

Format Instruction

  • Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be submitted in .doc or .docx file format. 
  • Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page.
  • Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.
  • Individual collections  must be the work of a single author. Translations are not accepted.  
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations  to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest. 
  • Multiple  submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed  if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

 Entry Fee:

  • There is a $30 fee per entry to help defray administrative costs.
  • For an additional $10, you will also receive an e-book of the winning entry.
  • If you wish to submit a paper copy of your manuscript, please visit our website at http://www.ohioswallow.com/poetry_prize


  • The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is  announced in April, 2020. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.


  • The winning manuscript will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 and published by Ohio University Press in both print and electronic format the following calendar year.


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