Submission Manager

The Red Mountain Prize for Poetry awards $1000 and publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language.

All entries may be considered for future publication.

The 2018 Poetry Prize toWHAT LIGHT BECOMES: THE TURNER VARIATIONS  by George Looney, June 2019

The 2019 Discovery Award to INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY SURVIVAL by Monica Prince, summer 2019

The 2018 Editor’s Award to SHADOW LIGHT By Denise Low, summer 2018

The 2018 Discovery Award to BELLE’S RAGGED ARMY  by Joan Burt,  summer 2018

The 2017 Poetry Prize is awarded to A DIFFERENT PHYSICS by Lisa Rosenberg,  March 2018

The 2016 Poetry Prize awarded to  THE WOMAN PUTTING ON PEARLS, by Jeffrey Bean,  June 2017

The 2015 Poetry Prize awarded to I THE LAST STONE IN THE CIRCLE. by Irena Praitis June 2016

The 2015 Editor’s Award to THE SKY WATCHED by Linda LeGarde Grover,  September 2016.

The 2015 Discovery Award to BINI  by Nabin Kumar Chhetri, September 2016.

The 2014 Poetry Prize awarded to Gregory Lawless for FAR AWAY, September 2015.

The 2013 Poetry Prize awarded to CHURCH OF NEEDLES by Sarah Sousa, May 2014.

The 2013 Editor’s Award awarded to ECHO LIGHT by Kate Gale, publication in September 2014

The 2012 Poetry Prize awarded to ANIMALS IN OUR FLESH by Zachary Kluckman, 2013

Submission Manager


The author must hold all rights to the work. The manuscript may include previously published poems but may not have been published as a whole. Proper attribution must accompany previously published work.

The author must be over 21 years of age.

Submit  a manuscript of 48-72 pages in a single document. See below for submission by mail. Submission Manager

Each poem must begin on a new page with the title of the poem at the top. Do not have your name or identifying data on the manuscript. The submission manager links your data to your submission and you may enter an optional cover letter, which is not visible to the judges.

Use Times New Roman or similar 12 pt font, with at least one-inch margins, with a Table of Contents. Title page should include ONLY the title. The text must be written in English and must be solely one author’s work. Very short poems, such as haiku, may be grouped together on a single page if they would appear together in the final book.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but you MUST notify Red Mountain immediately and withdraw your work at once if the work is accepted elsewhere.

The judge will do an initial blind reading of each entry and nominate the finalists. The publisher with the judge will choose the winning entry from among the finalists. If a judge recognizes work during the blind reading, that judge will recuse him/herself from consideration of that entry. People related to the publisher are not eligible.  The final decision is at the sole discretion of the publisher.

For guidance, please look at the books Red Mountain has published. No purchase is required to enter but we hope you will read the books, available at your public library and independent bookseller and our website,, Our books are distributed by Red Mountain Press, of course, does not discriminate on any ascriptive basis (i.e., gender, nationality, race), but is very discriminating in choosing the books it can publish.

The deadline is September 15. The non-refundable online application fee is $29.

No information will be available in response to telephone inquires. Email questions to and write prize query in the subject line.

Please check the website,, for updates and further information. The winner and finalists will be announced on this page.

Submission Manager