Deadline: March 30, 2023

Entry fee: $5

About the competition

The winning poet will receive a two thousand dollar award and the winning poem will be published in Plough Quarterly. In addition, two finalists will receive two hundred and fifty dollars as well as publication in Plough.

This award honors the achievements of the great Dominican-American poet, translator, and public school teacher Rhina Polonia Espaillat. The Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award will be awarded for an original poem of not more than fifty lines that reflects her lyricism, empathy, and ability to find grace in everyday events of life without having to be explicitly religious.

In contrast to most other poetry competitions, Plough will not contract out judging of this award to a prominent poet. Instead, Plough’s poetry editor A. M. Juster will select approximately twenty poems for further consideration, and then the editors will reach a consensus on the winner and the two finalists.

Submission guidelines

The Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award is free to Plough Quarterly subscribers, and there is a $5.00 fee per poem for non-subscribers. If you prefer to skip the fee, please subscribe here before entering your poem.

Submit your work via the form below on or before March 30, 2023. Results will be announced in summer 2023 on Plough.com, and by email to all contestants. Please follow these guidelines:

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished, and may not be submitted elsewhere.
  • Each contestant may submit up to three poems.
  • Each poem must be submitted on a separate Microsoft Word document, and include your name and email address.
  • In order to qualify, please ensure that your payment matches the number of poems submitted.
  • Poems must be not more than fifty lines.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your form here.
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