Deadline: March 31, 2022

About the contest

Driftwood Press is a paying small press specializing in fiction, poetry, visual arts, and comics. Whether you have short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry chapbooks, or comic collections, we can’t wait to take a look. We also offer our poetry submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission. We use submission fees to pay our writers, offering $400 for novellas; we offer year-round contests with medium to large awards, and our In-House fiction contest has a shorter response time than most press’ contests. Please see our site for more details:!

How to enter the contest

  • 40 – 100 pages of poetry (if you are a few pages under or over, no problem).

  • Experimental poetry, hybrid work, poetry with a visual element, prose poetry, and any avant-garde poetry are welcomed! We love work that thoughtfully pushes poetry into new realms and realities.

  • Submissions should be primarily in English, but collections with a moderate bilingual component will of course be considered.

  • A standard, 12-point font is preferred.

  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  • We read submissions blindly, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying information within the manuscript itself.

  • Please include a Table of Contents page.

  • Individual poems from your manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

  • You may include an Acknowledgements page, but none is necessary.

  • Winners will be notified in August 2022.

  • Winning collection(s) will be published in 2023 and/or 2024.

  • 1 – 3 collections will be chosen for publication during this submission period.

  • Each winner will receive $500 USD, 20 copies of their collection, a standard royalties package, and a spotlight interview.

  • Winning collections will be sold online, in bookstores, at events, and distributed through IngramSpark.

  • Depending upon scheduling and availability, winners may also have the opportunity to take part in an author signing & reading at a future AWP convention.

  • Submit your entry here.
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