THIS YEAR’S JUDGE IS Aimee Nezhukumatathil. She is the author of four poetry collections, a collection of illustrated nature essays, and an epistolary nature chapbook (with Ross Gay). She has received fellowships from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, and has been included in the Best American Poetry series.
For more information about Ms. Nezhukumatathil click here.
1st Prize: $1,500 and publication
Honorable Mention: $500 and publication
All finalists published in Spring/Summer 2020 Awards issue. Finalists will be paid at regular contributor rates.
2020 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize — October 1 to December 1, 2019
Submissions are open between October 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019. You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry should include no more than three poems. Name and address on cover letter only. No identifying information on poems. $20 fee per entry includes copy of Awards issue. Each submission is carefully considered for publication. Please submit previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry.
AUTHOR NAME OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN YOUR TITLE OR ANYWHERE ON YOUR UPLOADED OR HARD COPY DOCUMENT. ENTRIES THAT IDENTIFY THE SUBMITTER/AUTHOR IN ANY WAY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED WITHOUT A REFUND.
december accepts submissions online through Submittable.
december does not accept simultaneous submissions. We respond as quickly as possible (contest submissions may not be responded to until after the close of the contest when all submissions have been considered.)
december also accepts submissions through the U.S. mail. If submitting by mail, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage, your $20.00 entry fee (check or cash — NO MONEY ORDERS), and indicate if you would like your manuscript returned.
december assumes no responsibility for delayed, lost, or damaged manuscripts.
Address postal submissions and correspondence to:
P.O. Box 16130
St. Louis, MO 63105