Codhill Press Poetry Award 2019 Guidelines


Prize: $1000 cash prize and twenty-five copies

Distribution: SUNY Press (Codhill imprint)

Judge: James Sherwood

Winner Announcement: April 1, 2020

Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Codhill Press will consider all finalists for publication.

The competition is open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgement are acceptable. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

Poets should submit, by electronic submission manager or ground mail, forty-eight to seventy (48-70) pages (no more than one poem per page) plus SASE for contest results and $30 reading fee.

Electronic submissions for 2019 now open.
Electronic manuscripts should be submitted as a Word.doc or PDF, paginated consecutively, with acknowledgments and a table of contents. The first page should include the title of the manuscript alone. Your name must not appear on the manuscript. Instead, your name, address, phone number, email address, and manuscript title should be entered into the submission manager. Submit here:


Ground mail submissions now open.
Ground-mail manuscripts should be on printer-quality white paper, paginated consecutively with acknowledgements and a table of contents, and bound with a spring-clip. Include two cover pages, one with the title of the manuscript alone, and a second with your name, address, phone number, and email address, together with the title. Your name must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Entries must be submitted electronically by 11 PM EST on December 30, 2019, or postmarked by December 30, 2019.

No UPS or FedEx. You may include with ground mail submissions a SASE postcard for confirmation. Manuscripts will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Codhill Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

Codhill Press Poetry Award Submissions
Attn: James Sherwood
PO Box 4263
Kingston, NY 12402

Contest Procedures and Ethical Concerns
Codhill Press is committed to safeguarding the integrity of its contest. You should not enter if you have studied with the judge or received her help in shaping a manuscript. Similarly, in order to avoid any impropriety, the judge is instructed to set aside any manuscript she has had a hand in creating. Codhill subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics, and agrees to

  1. conduct our contest as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  2. provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
  3. make the mechanics of the selection process available to the public.

Additional Considerations
Before you submit a manuscript to the Codhill competition, please read the work of the poets we publish. We publish a diversity of approaches, from the formal to the openly experimental. Codhill has published books by poets in academe and by poets having no connection to academics. We have published books that are accessible and ones that are abstract and demanding—and the range between. All publications rely on vivid language use, a musicality, technique, importance of content, and a willingness to take risks.