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Hearst Poetry Prize

Hearst Poetry Prize

Contest Information

All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2020 issue.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

2020 Hearst Judge:
TBD

Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Entry fee: $23.00

All entry fees include a copy of the contest issue. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system.

If you are unable to upload your submission, please email us nar@uni.edu for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.

Questions? email: nar@uni.edu • phone: 319-273-6455

Congratulations to our 2019 James Hearst winners!


Judge: TBD

The 2019 Hearst Prize winners were published in issue 302.2

Winners under consideration

2018
Judge: 

Eduardo C. Corral

2017
Judge: 

 Major Jackson "Black Boy"

First Place: 

Jordan Franklin

Judge Jane Hirshfield
2016
First Place: 

Rebecca Foust
“Iconostasis”

Winner Rebecca Foust
H. L. Hix
2013
Judge: 
First Place: 

Andrew Payton
“Bad May”

Andrew Payton
Martín Espada
2012
First Place: 

Ansel Elkins
“Mississippi Pastoral”

Ansel Elkins

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