Brittingham & Pollak Prizes // WICW Fellowships

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You have reached the submissions manager for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships. We are currently accepting submissions for the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry (deadline September 15). WICW Fellowship applications will reopen in mid-December. 

The Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original poetry submitted in an open competition. Each winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and each winning manuscript will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press no later than February 2018. All submissions will be considered for both prizes. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter, although translations are not acceptable.

Only manuscripts uploaded between July 15 and September 15 will be considered. The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included, but must be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet agrees to withdraw the manuscript immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Upload a single pdf including a title page, table of contents, your poems, and (if applicable) an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems first appeared. Pages should be numbered. To preserve anonymity, your name and contact info should not appear anywhere in the document. You will be asked to pay a $28 submission fee.

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