Deadline: Currently Closed, will reopen soon for November 2024 deadline
Reading Fee: $25
Award: $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press.
Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.
2022 Update: Moving forward, the Nilsen Prize will take place every other year (on even numbered years), rotating with our Cowles Poetry Book Prize. The reason comes down to time–we’re a small press at a small school, and while most of 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 that both contests will now close in the fall of their respective years.
Winner of the contest will be notified by July 15. Winner and finalists will be announced on the website later in July.