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Poetry Prize


Alma Book Awards

Information you need to know:
Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize: $1500 and publication by Saturnalia Books

Selected by 2023 Judge: Hoa Nguyen

Born in the Mekong Delta, Hoa Nguyen was raised and educated in the United States and has lived in Canada since 2011. Hoa has had the privilege to work and teach all over the United States and Canada and is the author of several books including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination. In 2019, she was nominated for a Neustadt International Prize for Literature, a prestigious international literary award often compared with the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alma Book Awards: Two $1000 awards and publication by Saturnalia Books

Selected by the Saturnalia Books Editorial Team


  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 No refunds will be given to any manuscripts withdrawn from the competition after April 1 deadline.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. All entries will be considered for all three prizes.
  7. Former students who have studied “poetry writing” with the judge are ineligible to enter. Friends and family of the judge are also ineligible.
  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.

Previous Saturnalia Poetry Prize Winners Include:

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