2021 Barnard Women Poets Prize
For an exceptional second collection of poems written by an American who identifies as a woman and who has already published one book of poetry. The prize comes with a $1,500 honorarium and publication of the winning manuscript by W.W. Norton & Co.
The competition is open to a poet who identifies as a woman, who has previously published one book of poetry (in an edition of 500 or more copies), and who is a citizen or resident (regardless of documentation status) of the United States.
- Prize — $1,500 and publication by W.W. Norton & Co
- Entry fee — $20, payable in check to Women Poets at Barnard
- Submissions — Accepted from June 1 to October 15, 2020
- Judge — Natalie Diaz
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
New York, NY 10027
The winner is usually notified in the spring.
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, but the manuscript should be book-length. 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 and close attention.
Email questions to Saskia Hamilton, Director of Women Poets at Barnard.
The winner of the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize was Karen Skolfield. Rosanna Warren was judge. For more details, read the entire press release.
For more about the history of the Prize, read the Poetry Prize section of the About the Women Poets Program page.