You have reached the submissions manager for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships in Fiction & Poetry. We are now reading for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes (deadline September 15, 2018), awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press. WICW Fellowship applications will re-open in January. 

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 receives a $1,000 cash prize. 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. All manuscript submissions must be accompanied by a $28 entry fee, payable by credit card. Winners will be announced no later than February 15, and winning manuscripts will be published in the first few months of 2020.

Only manuscripts uploaded between July 10 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 The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form.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 via Submittable.

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, 2019, and will receive $1,000 each shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2020. Additional prize finalists may also be selected for publication by UW Press, as part of the Wisconsin Poetry Series, but this is not guaranteed.

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