Women Poets at Barnard 2016 Poetry Prize


The Barnard Women Poets Prize is given for an exceptional second collection of poems written by an American woman who has already published one book of poetry (in an edition of 500 copies or more).

  • Prize — $1,500 and publication by W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Entry fee — $20, payable in check to Women Poets at Barnard
  • Submissions — Accepted from August 1 to October 15, 2015.
  • Judge — Claudia Rankine.

The manuscript to be considered (three copies), cover letter (naming the title and publisher of the applicant's first collection), and entry fee ($20, payable in check to Women Poets at Barnard) should be sent to:

Women Poets at Barnard
English Department
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

The winner will be announced in April 2016.

The contest is open to U.S. women poets who have already published one book of poetry. The first collection should have been a full-length book, printed in an edition of 500 or more copies. Chapbooks do not qualify.

Although a writer may submit a manuscript that has been entered in other contests, any manuscript under option to another publisher is not eligible. (Please note that any entries that are encumbered will be disqualified.) Page-limit is not specified. Because the prize is given to a poet who has already published a first book, the manuscripts are not read anonymously. Every qualified manuscript will be read with care by the panel of judges and the chief judge, who changes every year.  The chief judge for the 2016 contest is Claudia Rankine.

Submissions will be accepted between August 1, 2015 and October 15, 2015. (Please note that submissions received before August 1, 2015, will not be accepted.) The winner will be contacted directly in the spring of 2016.

Email questions to Saskia Hamilton at

The contest was not conducted during the 2014-15 academic year.  The winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize was Sandra LimLouise Glück served as judge.  For more details, read the entire press release.

For more about the history of the Prize or to order past publications, click here.

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