Poetry Prize

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.

Donald Platt will judge the 2021 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry.

He is a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes.   His seventh book of poetry, One Illuminated Letter of Being, was published by Red Mountain Press in 2020.  He teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University.


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 May 15- July 15, 2021.

Submission Manager

Each poem must begin on a new page with the title of the poem at the top. Very short poems, such as haiku, may be grouped together on a single page if they would appear together in the final book.

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.

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.

Do not have your name or identifying data on the manuscript. The submission manager links your data to your submission. You may enter a cover letter, which is not visible to the judges.

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, www.redmountainpress.us.

Our books are distributed by www.spdbooks.org. 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.

Submissions dates will be announced here. The non-refundable online application fee is $35.

Submission Manager

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

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

Poetry Prize Winner 2020

Songs for Solo Voice By James R. Whitley

2020 Poetry prize SONGS FOR SOLO VOICE by James R. Whitley

2020 Discovery Award CROW’S CUP by Tessa Kale

2020 Editor’s Award A THOUSAND CURVES by Paul Nemser

2020 Discovery Award BORROWED LIGHT by Ken Haas

2019 Poetry Prize UNPRACTICAL THINKING by Arne Weingart


2018 Editor’s Award SHADOW LIGHT by Denise Low

2018 Discovery Award Instructions for Temporary Survival by Monica Prince

2017 Discovery Award  BELLE’S RAGGED ARMY by Joan Burt

2017 Poetry Prize A DIFFERENT PHYSICS by Lisa Rosenberg

2016 Poetry Prize THE WOMAN PUTTING ON PEARLS, by Jeffrey Bean

2015 Poetry Prize THE LAST STONE IN THE CIRCLE. by Irena Praitis

2015 Editor’s  THE SKY WATCHED by Linda LeGarde Grover

 2015 Discovery Award BINI by Nabin Kumar Chhetri

2014 Poetry Prize FAR AWAY by Gregory Lawless

2013 Poetry Prize CHURCH OF NEEDLES by Sarah Sousa

2013 Editor’s Award awarded to ECHO LIGHT

2012 Poetry Prize ANIMALS IN OUR FLESH by Zachary Kluckman,