Deadline: September 30, 2022

Entry fee: $28

About the competition

Established in 1998, The X. J. Kennedy Prize highlights one full-length collection of poetry per year. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $10,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

Submissions open each year on July 1 and close on September 30.

Competition guideline

  • Submissions are open July 1 – September 30.
  • A fee of $28 must be paid at the time of submission.
  • Open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible.
  • The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize is not a first book prize, though we welcome first books. The Prize is open to poets at any stage of their career.
  • There are no formal restrictions for this prize; we welcome manuscripts of any style/form.
  • Poems may have been published individually in magazines or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify TRP immediately by withdrawing the manuscript via Submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Current and former students and faculty of Sam Houston State University are not eligible. Family members or former students of the final judge are not eligible.
  • Submissions are accepted through Submittable only.
  • Winner will receive a $10,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.
  • Enter the contest here.
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