The Codhill Press Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award 2023 is closed for submissions. The competition is open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgment are acceptable. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. Poets should submit forty-eight to seventy (48-70) pages (no more than one poem per page) and a $30 reading fee. Please use the link below to submit your manuscript via Submittable.

James Sherwood

James Sherwood

Codhill Press Contest Coordinator and Judge

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.


Contest Procedures and Ethical Concerns

Codhill Press is committed to safeguarding the integrity of its contest. 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.