You have reached the submissions manager for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships. We are now reading for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes (deadline September 15, 2020). Our 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, and a publishing contract with the University of Wisconsin Press. All submissions will be considered for both prizes, and three additional manuscripts will be offered publication as part of the University of Wisconsin Press’s Wisconsin Poetry Series. Please click the submissions guidelines, below, for more requirements and details.


Guest Judge Carmen Giménez Smith

We are pleased to announce that this year's Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizewinners will be selected by Carmen Giménez Smith. Carmen is a former Guggenheim Fellow and the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and Be Recorder, a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award. She was awarded an American Book Award for Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker. She is the publisher of Noemi Press. With Steph Burt, she is the poetry editor of The Nation.


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, 2021, and will receive $1,000 each shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts will be published in the late winter or early spring of 2022. As many as 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).

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For the first time this year, 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.

$30—Pre-order last year's Brittingham & Pollak winners: Diane Kerr's Perigee and Carlos Andrés Gómez's Fractures, both selected by Natasha Trethewey. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in early 2021. 

$65—Pre-order all five of last year's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections: B/P winners Diane Kerr (Perigee) and Carlos Andrés Gómez (Fractures), both selected by Natasha Trethewey. Plus Anna Knowles’s Conditions of the Wounded, Christopher Nelson’s Blood Aria, and Carlina Duan’s Alien Miss, selected by Series Editors Ronald Wallace & Sean Bishop. This offer is for contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in early 2021 and concluding by January 2022. 

$30—Pre-order this submission season's Brittingham & Pollak winners, selected by National Book Award Finalist Carmen Giménez Smith. Contiguous United States customers only. Tax & shipping included. Titles will ship upon publication in early 2022.

$65—Pre-order all five of this submission season's Wisconsin Poetry Series selections, including the B/P winners selected by National Book Award Finalist Carmen Giménez Smith, and three additional finalists selected by Series Editors Ronald Wallace and Sean Bishop. Titles will ship upon publication, beginning in early 2022 and concluding by January 2023.