Poetry Prize

Saturnalia Poetry Prize

Interested in working with Saturnalia Books? Our Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize or Saturnalia Books Editors Prize could be the way for you to get involved with the press.

Information you need to know:

Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize: $1500 and publication by Saturnalia Books

Saturnalia Books Editors Prize: $500 and publication by Saturnalia Books

2020 Judge = Diane Seuss


  1. Manuscript must be an original work of poetry written in English.
  2. Manuscript must be at least 48 pages in length (not including foreword material).
  3. Author’s name and contact information must not appear on manuscript.
  4. Acknowledgment page is optional. If your manuscript is a finalist, the acknowledgment page will be removed before it is sent to the judge.
  5. Online fee is $30. No refunds will be given to any manuscripts withdrawn from the competition after April 1 deadline.
  6. Former students who have studied “poetry writing” with the judge are ineligible to enter. Friends and family of the judge are also ineligible.
  7. All entries will be considered for both prizes.
  8. Contest winner will be announced in July on the Saturnalia Books website and via email. Please do not contact Saturnalia Books regarding your submission status before August 1.
  9. By submitting to the contest, you agree to be added to Saturnalia Books’ email list.
  10. The Saturnalia Books 2020 submission window will open February 15, 2020.

Previous Saturnalia Poetry Prize Winners Include:

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