Please note: neither e-mailed submissions nor submissions processed via the online submission system will be accepted for any of the contests. Entries must be sent by mail.
Twelfth Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline June 1st 2009)
Seventeenth Annual Short-Story Contest (Deadline Oct. 1st 2009)
Twelfth Annual Poetry Contest
Deadline: June 1, 2009
Judge: Rae Armantrout
First Prize: $1,500
The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2009 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. Manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author's name, address, and phone number; names should not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if we are notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will not be returned. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review, must accompany all submissions. Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2009. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Boston Review, beginning with the November/December 2009 issue. The winner will be announced no later than November 1, 2009, on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in the Boston Review. Send entries to:
Poetry Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143
Read winning poems from past years:
Sarah Arvio (2008)
Elizabeth Willis (2007)
Marc Gaba (2006)
Mike Perrow (2005)
Michael Tod Edgerton [PDF] (2004)
Susan Wheeler (2003)
Max Winter (2002)
D.A. Powell (2001)
Christopher Edgar (2000)
Stephanie Strickland (1999)
Daniel Bosch (1998)
For more poetry in Boston Review, click here.
Seventeenth Annual Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: TBA (Fall '09)
First Prize: $1,500
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2010. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author's name, address, and phone number; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the summer 2010 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June, 2010, on the Boston Review Web site. Send submissions to:
Short-Story Contest, Boston Review,
35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143
Sixteenth Annual Short-Story Contest
Judge: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project
Read winning stories from past years:
Patricia Engel's "Desaliento" (2007)
Padma Viswanathan's "Transitory Cities" (2006)
Tiphanie Yanique's "How to Escape from a Leper Colony" (2005)
Lisa Chipongian's "Intramuros" (2004)
D.S. Sulaitis's "If It's Anywhere, It's Behind Us" (2003)
Gale Renee Walden's "Men I Don’t Talk to Anymore" (2002)
Manini Nayar’s "Home Fires" (2001)
Kate Small’s "One Night a Year" (2000)
Girija Tropp’s "The Pretty Ones Have Their Uses" (2000)
Pauls Toutonghi’s "Regeneration" (1999)
Jacob M. Appel’s "Shell Game with Organs" (1998)
Kris Saknussemm’s "Unpracticed Fingers Bungle Sadly Over Tiny Feathered Bodies" (1997)
Kiki Delancey’s "Jules Jr Michael Jules Jr" (1996)
Mary Ann Jannazo’s "No Runs, No Hits, No One Left on Base" (1995)
Tom Paine’s "The Milkman & I" (1994)
Michael Dorris’s "Layaway" (1993)
For more fiction in Boston Review, click here
"Discovery" / Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest
Winners: Bridget Lowe, Jynne Dilling Martin, Jeffrey Schultz, and Annabelle Yeeseul Yoo.
Judges: Mary Jo Bang, Terrance Hayes, and Mark Strand.
Four Prizes: $500
This is the second year BR has hosted the Discovery contest as publishing partner of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Please note that we do not administer this contest.
Read winning poems from last year:
Bridgette Bates’s Torso of an Unknown Soldier
Barbara Claire Freeman’s When the Moon Comes Up
Cynthia Lowen’s Principles of Uncertainty
Frances Justine Post’s Hover, Coo
Four winning authors will be awarded a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City (May 11, 2009 at 8:15pm), publication in the May/June 2009 issue of Boston Review, and $500.
1. The contest is open to poets who have not published a book of poems (chapbooks and self-published books included). Those who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before Fall 2009. Individual poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished and under two pages in length.
2. Submit four identical sets of a typed ten-page manuscript. Each set is to contain the same ten pages in the same order. Include no more than one poem per page. NO personal identification should appear on any of the poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems.
3. Photocopied manuscripts are acceptable. However, in the case of previously published poems, do not send photocopied pages of the periodical or book in which the poem(s) originally appeared.
4. Please staple each manuscript; do not use paper clips.
5. Enclose one cover letter including your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers, as well as a list of the submitted poems in the order in which they appear, with copyright attributions for published poems. Do not attach this cover letter to the manuscripts.
6. An entry fee of US$10.00 must accompany the submission. Please make checks (drawn on U.S. banks only) or money orders (in U.S. currency only) payable to the 92nd Street Y, and attach them to your cover letter. DO NOT SEND CASH.
7. All poems must be original and in English (no translations).
8. No contestant may submit more than one entry. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the contest submission.
9. Entries must be received by January 16, 2009. This is not a postmark deadline. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard (not envelope) and allow several weeks for its return. Due to the large number of submission received, manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone by the end of February; all contest entrants will be mailed the names of the winners and of the judges shortly thereafter.
10. No phone queries can be taken. If you wish to hear a recording of the guidelines, or to receive another set of these guidelines in the mail, call 212.415.5759.
Mail contest submissions to:
"Discovery"/ Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128