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.

Electronic submissions for 2019 are now closed. Stay tuned for upcoming deadlines.

James Sherwood

James Sherwood

Codhill Press Poetry Award Contest Coordinator

James Sherwood holds an MA in English and an MAT in English Secondary Education from SUNY New Paltz. He has worked with Codhill Press in various editorial capacities, including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading, since 2006. His poetry and essays have appeared in Chronogram, Shawangunk Review, and WaterWrites, an anthology of Hudson Valley, NY authors. He lives in Highland, NY with his wife, Malorie, and cat, Lily.


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.