The Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry
The Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry (formerly the Anhinga Prize for Poetry) has been offered annually since 1983 for a manuscript of original poetry in English. The competition is open to writers from all regions. The winner receives $2000 and a reading tour of selected Florida colleges and universities, and the winning manuscript will be published by Anhinga Press.
- The submission period runs from February 15 to May 15 (postmark date) each year.
- Reading fee for each manuscript is $25 for hardcopy entries, $28 for electronic ones.
- Electronic submissions are accepted via Submittable.
- For hardcopy submissions, please enclose a check for the $25 reading fee payable to:
Anhinga Prize for Poetry
PO Box 3665
Tallahassee, FL 32315
- Manuscripts will not be returned. (Please do not use a form of mail delivery which requires a signature.)
- Manuscripts must be 48-80 pages, excluding front matter. They may be single- or double-spaced.
- Do not put your name on your manuscript. Instead, make two title pages -- one with the manuscript title, your name, address, email address, and phone number; and a second title page with only the manuscript title.
- We will announce contest results both here on our website and on our Facebook page in late summer/fall. Please do not contact us for results.
- Past judges include Robert Dana, Allison Joseph, Diane Wakoski, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Brian Turner.
- Past winners of the Prize include Judith Kitchen, Janet Holmes, Frank X. Gaspar, Julia Levine, Keith Ratzlaff, Ken Hart, and Rhett IsemanTrull. (See the complete list of winners here.)
Additional Contest Information
Entries must be original poetry in English; however, a few translations in a manuscript are acceptable. Poems previously published in journals and anthologies should be accompanied by an acknowledgments page. Authors may submit multiple manuscripts if each one is accompanied by the reading fee. Previously submitted manuscripts and manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are also eligible. Should your manuscript be accepted by another press, please notify us as soon as possible.
Contest results are published in Poets & Writers, The Writers' Chronicle, New Pages, and other writer's magazines. The winning book is published about one year after its selection.
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