Ends on February 16, 2019$25.00
$25.00

The winning manuscript will be published and its author will receive $1,000 and 25 copies. Manuscripts should be at least 48  pages, but there is no maximum length. All forms and styles of poetry are welcome.

Extended submission deadline: February 15, 2019.

We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information  from the manuscript itself. All necessary contact information is  included in your Submittable record. 

Final judge this year is SARA GELSTON, the author of Odette,  (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2016). She is the recipient of a 2015  Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,  as well as fellowships and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in  Provincetown, The Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her MFA. Her recent work appears in Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2014, Versal, Colorado Review, Third Coast, Verse Daily, Mid-American Review, Big Big Wednesday, and elsewhere. Originally from Maine, she lives in Indianapolis where she teaches at Butler University.

More information is available at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Further questions may be directed to david@newamericanpress.com.

This listing is for poets submitting their own work to New Poetry from the Midwest. Journals, magazines, and writing programs submitting work should use the other listing.

The New Poetry from the Midwest anthology seeks to support and spotlight the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, finely crafted, and strong in voice and the ability to connect.

We do not intend to create a collection that presents our region as possessing a singular style or narrow range of content. “Midwestern” is a term that is vague and diverse in meaning, and we wish to seize on that. Send us poems that you love and are proud of: explosively or subtly powerful, committed to their own vision, sure-footed in their language. We want poems with heart. We also want to explode the generally accepted notions of what the Midwest is and what Midwestern writing is, while honoring its rich and long-standing tradition(s).  

What counts as poetry of the Midwest? We welcome poets who currently live in, pursued an education in, or were born in one of the following twelve states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and poets writing about any of these states, or the region as a whole.  

Submission guidelines: For the 2019 New Poetry from the Midwest anthology, any poem published in 2016, 2017, or 2018 is eligible for submission. Literary journals and writing programs can submit up to three poems at no charge, and poets can submit up to three poems for a $3.00 reading fee. Multiple submissions are permitted, but each 3-poem packet must be accompanied by a separate $3.00 reading fee. 

Reading fees go toward production of the anthology and three $100 Heartland Poetry Prizes. The Heartland Prize this year will be judged by William Evans, author of Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair (Button Poetry, 2017). William founded the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (2008) and is currently editor-in-chief of blacknerdproblems.com. His poems appear or are forthcoming in joint literary journal, Winter Tangerine, Radius, Union Station Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, and other online publications. 

We will select fifty poets for the anthology, and all contributors will receive one complimentary copy and a 50% discount on additional copies.

Submission period closes on April 15, 2019.

This listing is for journals, magazines, and writing programs submitting work to New Poetry from the Midwest. Poets submitting their own work should use the other listing.

The New Poetry from the Midwest anthology seeks to support and spotlight the flourishing crop of Midwestern writers who consistently produce work that is innovative, finely crafted, and strong in voice and the ability to connect.

We do not intend to create a collection that presents our region as possessing a singular style or narrow range of content. “Midwestern” is a term that is vague and diverse in meaning, and we wish to seize on that. Send us poems that you love and are proud of: explosively or subtly powerful, committed to their own vision, sure-footed in their language. We want poems with heart. We also want to explode the generally accepted notions of what the Midwest is and what Midwestern writing is, while honoring its rich and long-standing tradition(s).  

What counts as poetry of the Midwest? We welcome poets who currently live in, pursued an education in, or were born in one of the following twelve states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and poets writing about any of these states, or the region as a whole.  

Submission guidelines: For the 2019 New Poetry from the Midwest anthology, any poem published in 2016, 2017, or 2018 is eligible for submission. Literary journals and writing programs can submit up to three poems at no charge, and poets can submit up to three poems for a $3.00 reading fee. Proceeds go toward production of the anthology and three $100 Heartland Poetry Prizes.  

The Heartland Prize this year will be judged by William Evans, author of Still Can't Do My Daughter's Hair (Button Poetry, 2017). William founded the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (2008) and is currently editor-in-chief of blacknerdproblems.com. His poems appear or are forthcoming in joint literary journal, Winter Tangerine, Radius, Union Station Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, and other online publications. 

We will select fifty poets for the anthology, and all contributors will receive one complimentary copy and a 50% discount on additional copies.

Submission period closes on April 15, 2019.

New American Press