Announcing the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize


The Barnard Women Poets Prize is given for an exceptional second collection of poems.  The competition is open to a woman poet who has previously published one book of poetry (in an edition of 500 or more) and who is a United States citizen or resident, regardless of documentation status.

  • Prize — $1,500 and publication by W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Entry fee — $20, payable in check to Women Poets at Barnard
  • SubmissionsOpen from September 1st to October 15th, 2017.
  • Judge — Rosanna Warren.

Please send three copies of the manuscript to be considered, cover letter (including 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 notified in the spring of 2018.

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. 

Email questions to Saskia Hamilton at

The contest was not conducted during the 2016-17 academic year. The winner of the 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize was Brittany Perham.  Claudia Rankine was 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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