an biennial competition in honor of Vern Cowles, a man who loved literature
2022 Update: Moving forward, the Cowles Poetry Book Prize will take place every other year (on odd numbered years), rotating with our Nilsen Prize. The reason comes down to time–we’re a small press at a small school, and while our resources are sound and secure, the teaching and service parts of our jobs have increased a great deal over the last two years. We love doing this work and sharing amazing books with readers, we just need to spread that work out a little bit. It’s our hope that both Nilsen and Cowles contests will return to an annual schedule in the future, but for now, they’ll take turns rotating annually. The only other change, here, is the Cowles Prize deadline will move from the Spring, where it’s traditionally been, to the fall.
Reading Fee: $25 payable through our Submittable page.
Deadline: November 1, 2023
Prize: $2,000 and 30 copies for the author, publication and distribution of a full-length poetry manuscript with a full-color perfect-bound cover.
Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.
Winner and finalists will be announced in the winter following the contest deadline, on our website.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org.