Willow Run Poetry Book Award

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Hidden River is pleased to announce the winner as well as the semi-finalists and finalists of the 2021/2022 cycle.  Our full announcement can be read here.

The 2023 cycle of submissions is currently open and manuscripts will be accepted through February 20, 2023.

The winner of the 2021/2022 Willow Run Poetry Book Award is Rosetta Marantz Cohen, for her collection Five Women, which will be published in late 2023.

The winner of the 2020/2021 Willow Run Poetry Book Award is João Luís Guimarães, for his collection, Mediterranean.  His wonderful book of poetry will be published by Hidden River Press in autumn 2022.

The semi-finalists and finalists of the 2020 cycle of the Willow Run Poetry Book Award, as well as those of previous years, can be found here.

Hidden River Arts offers a yearly prize of $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an unpublished booklength collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages. The editors will judge.

The award is open to all poets writing in English around the world. We accept simultaneous submissions, and ask only that you notify us immediately if your manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions; each book-length manuscript must be submitted separately.

Hidden River accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($20) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail. Manuscripts should include an artist’s statement that discusses the ways in which the poetry collection works as a whole – its themes, motifs, explorations.  It should also include a title page, table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font .  Please include a brief bio, your full address and something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable.

Winning manuscripts are chosen by our staff, and all decisions are final. The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing. Prize money awarded upon publication.