The Wisconsin Poetry Series // WICW Poetry & Fiction Fellowships

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Deadline: September 15, 2022

Submissions to the Wisconsin Poetry Series are now open! Any poet with an original, full-length collection is eligible for the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, judged by Eduardo C. Corral. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $28 reading fee, will be considered for both prizes. Each winner will receive $1,500 and publication through the University of Wisconsin Press. Four additional applicants will also be offered publication.

For the first time this year, we are also accepting submissions to the Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation, judged by Forrest Gander and awarding $1,500 plus publication. Translators or original authors are invited to submit a full-length collection of poetry translated into English. Applicants to the translation prize will be asked to confirm they have permission for English translation and publication of the work, by its author(s) and the executor(s) of any active copyright(s). Submissions must be accompanied by a $28 reading fee.

Manuscript Requirements:

  • For the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes, the author's name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Please assemble a single pdf including a title page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, and (optionally) an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems may have first appeared. Manuscripts should be 50 to 90 pages in length on 8.5" x 11" pdf pages.
  • For the Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation, the name of the translator and original author should appear on the title page of the document. Please assemble a single pdf including a title/author page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, 50-to-250-word bios for each original author and translator, a project statement up to 500 words in length, and (optionally) an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted translations may have first appeared. Manuscripts must include each poem in both its original language and in English translation, comprising 75 to 150 total pages in length, on 8.5" x 11" pdf pages. 

This Year's Judges:

Eduardo C. Corral will judge the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. He is the author of Guillotine, longlisted for the National Book Award, and Slow Lightning, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Forrest Gander will judge our first annual Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert, and lives in northern California. His most recent book is Twice Alive: an Ecology of Intimacies. Among his recent translations are: It Must Be a Misunderstanding by Coral Bracho, Names and Rivers by Shuri Kido (with Tomoyuki Endo), Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems, and Spectacle & Pigsty by Kiwao Nomura, winner of the Best Translated Book Award. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, and The New York Times Book Review. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim, Howard, United States Artists, and Whiting Foundations.

The Wisconsin Poetry Series // WICW Poetry & Fiction Fellowships