You have reached the submissions manager for the Wisconsin Poetry Series' Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships in Fiction and Poetry. We are now reading for the Brittingham & Pollak Prizes (deadline September 17, 2019). Our WICW Fellowship applications will re-open in January.

Any poet with an original, full-length, yet-to-be-published collection is eligible to submit. Please upload the manuscript in pdf format, no fewer than 50 and no more than 90 pages in length. Your manuscript should begin with a simple title page, which should not include the name of the author. Following that, please include a table of contents, with accurate page numbers indicated. The manuscript itself should follow, with numbered pages. And you may conclude with an acknowledgments page listing any poems that have appeared previously in journals or magazines, though this is not required. Please be sure your name and contact information DO NOT APPEAR anywhere in the manuscript. You will be asked to pay a $28 entry fee, by credit card.

All submissions will be considered for both the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and at least three additional manuscripts will also be offered publication through the Wisconsin Poetry Series. Winners will be announced no later than February 15, 2020, and each will receive $1,000 shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2021. 

This year, the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry will be judged by Pulitzer Prizewinner and two-term United States Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. 

Trethewey is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000) which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, Midnight, Pacific Time.

Please upload an original poetry manuscript in pdf format, no less than 50 and no more than 90 pages in length. Your manuscript should be formatted as specified below. Please be sure your name and contact information DO NOT APPEAR anywhere in the manuscript. You will be asked to pay a $28 entry fee, by credit card. 

All submissions will be considered for both the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Winners will be announced no later than February 15, 2020, and will receive $1,000 each shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2021. At least three additional manuscripts will also be selected for publication by UW Press, as part of the Wisconsin Poetry Series.

Your manuscript should include the following:

  • A simple title page, which should not include the name of the author. 
  • A table of contents, with accurate page numbers indicated.
  • 50 to 90 pages of poetry, with numbered pages.
  • An acknowledgments page (optional, if any of the poems have appeared previously in journals or magazines).
Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prizes // WICW Fellowships