University of Evansville Press

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The 2017 Richard Wilbur Award

$1000 Prize & Book Publication

Final Judge: Erica Dawson

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Richard Wilbur, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poetry collections (public domain or permission-secured translations may comprise up to one-third of the manuscript). This biennial competition (even-numbered years) is open to all American poets — those with or without previous book-length publication — except previous recipients of the Richard Wilbur Award. Winning manuscripts will reflect the thoughtful humanity and careful metrical craftsmanship of Richard Wilbur’s poetry.

Manuscripts of between 50-100 typed pages may be submitted online at:

Manuscripts should include a title page with the title of the collection, the author’s address, email address, and telephone number. Do not include the author’s name, bio, or any other identifying information anywhere on the manuscript.  An acknowledgments page would be welcomed. 

The entry fee is $25 per manuscript paid via Submittable. The winning manuscript will be published by the University of Evansville Press in 2017. The deadline for submission is midnight, December 1, 2016.