Deadline: July 15, 2024

Entry fee: $30

About the competition

The competition is organized by Rattle, an American poetry magazine. The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.

You may submit up to four poems per entry.  Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject.

Poems must be written in English (no translations except by the original author).

Entries must not have been previously published. Entries must not have been previously published. They can’t have appeared in any books, e-books, magazines, or similar collections, online or in print.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $15,000 USD.

Ten finalists will each receive $500 USD, and be eligible for the $5,000 USD Reader’s Choice Award.

Competition guideline

  • The entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers) at our regular $30 rate, paid through Submittable as you submit your entry. Prior to May 1st, new subscriptions will start with the Summer 2024 issue, arriving in June. After May 1st, new subscriptions start with the Fall 2024 issue, arriving September 1st. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension.
  • One $15,000 Winner and ten $500 Finalists will be selected in an anonymized review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2024 issue;  one $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.
  • Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written primarily in English (no translations except by the original author). Rattle’s winter issue must be a potential first curation for all works submitted—meaning they can’t have appeared in any books, e-books, magazines, or similar collections, online or in print. The poems may have been self-published to personal blogs or social media. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately if any poems are accepted elsewhere. On Submittable, log in, click on the submission, and send us a message using that system to let us know. 
  • No identifying personal or contact information should appear on in any files with poems. We can’t know who you are while reading; but your contact information will be saved on Submittable.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be edited during the judging process. Send up to four poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry and an additional $30 fee. Each additional entry will add an extra year to your subscription.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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