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.

Please upload an original poetry manuscript in pdf format, no fewer 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, 2023, and will receive $1,500 each shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2024. Four 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).

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All applicants have the option of pre-ordering last year's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections at a discount, or to pre-order the titles that will be selected in our current submissions season.

$35—Pre-order last year's Brittingham & Pollak winners: Jameka Williams's American Sex Tape and Emily Bludworth de Barrios's Shopping or The End of Time, both selected by Brian Teare. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in the spring of 2023. 

$75—Pre-order all six of last year's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections: B/P winners Jameka Williams (American Sex Tape) and Emily Bludworth de Barrios (Shopping or The End of Time), both selected by Brian Teare. Plus Joshua Burton's Grace Engine, Dante Di Stefano's Midwhistle, Celeste Lipkes's Radium Girl, and Betsy Sholl's As if a Song Could Save You, selected by Series Editors Sean Bishop & Ronald Wallace. This offer is for contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in the spring of 2023 and concluding by March 2024. 

$50—Pre-order this submission season's Brittingham, Pollak, and Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation winners, selected by Eduardo C. Corral and Forrest Gander. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in the spring of 2024.

$85—Pre-order all seven of this submission season's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections, including the B/P winners selected by Eduardo C. Corral, the Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation winner selected by Forrest Gander, and four additional finalists selected by Series Editors Sean Bishop & Jesse Lee Kercheval. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in the spring of 2024 and concluding by March 2025. 

Please upload a book-length collection of poetry translated into English, in pdf format. The translations submitted must be previously unpublished in book form. The manuscript must include each poem in its original language, as well as in translation, and should be no fewer than 75 and no more than 150 pages in length.

As part of your application, you will be asked to confirm that permission has been granted to the translator(s) of this book for English translation and publication of the original text, by its original author(s) and the executor(s) of any active copyright(s). Alternately, you may declare that the translator(s) hold the rights to the translations because the original text is in the public domain.

Your manuscript should be formatted as specified below. Please be sure both the name of the translator(s) and the original author(s) appear on the title page of the manuscript. You will be asked to pay a $28 entry fee, by credit card. 

The winner will be selected by Forrest Gander, and announced no later than February 15, 2023, receiving $1,500 shortly thereafter. The winning manuscript will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2024. Manuscripts that do not win the prize may still be considered for publication and inclusion in the Wisconsin Poetry Series.

Your manuscript should include the following:

  • A simple title page, which should include the names of the original author(s) and translator(s). 
  • A table of contents, with accurate page numbers indicated.
  • 75 to 150 pages of poetry (including both the poems in their original language, and in English translation), with numbered pages. 
  • A biography page, including 50-to-250-word bios for each author and translator.
  • A book description that addresses the project's historical, cultural, and/or artistic significance.
  • An acknowledgments page (optional, if any of the poems have appeared previously in journals or magazines).

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All applicants have the option of pre-ordering last year's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections at a discount, or to pre-order the titles that will be selected in our current submissions season.

$18—Pre-order the first annual Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation, selected by Forrest Gander. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in the spring of 2024. 

$35—Pre-order last year's Brittingham & Pollak winners: Jameka Williams's American Sex Tape and Emily Bludworth de Barrios's Shopping or The End of Time, both selected by Brian Teare. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in the spring of 2023. 

$75—Pre-order all six of last year's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections: B/P winners Jameka Williams (American Sex Tape) and Emily Bludworth de Barrios (Shopping or The End of Time), both selected by Brian Teare. Plus Joshua Burton's Grace Engine, Dante Di Stefano's Midwhistle, Celeste Lipkes's Radium Girl, and Betsy Sholl's As if a Song Could Save You, selected by Series Editors Sean Bishop & Ronald Wallace. This offer is for contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in the spring of 2023 and concluding by March 2024. 

$50—Pre-order this submission season's Brittingham, Pollak, and Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation winners, selected by Eduardo C. Corral and Forrest Gander. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in the spring of 2024.

$85—Pre-order all seven of this submission season's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections, including the B/P winners selected by Eduardo C. Corral, the Wisconsin Prize for Poetry in Translation winner selected by Forrest Gander, and four additional finalists selected by Series Editors Sean Bishop & Jesse Lee Kercheval. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in the spring of 2024 and concluding by March 2025. 

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