The Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry
2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry (two years ago Robert Dana’s name was added to the prize's name). It will also mark the first substantial content change in the prize's long history. In 2013, the Prize will no longer be restricted to poets with first or second books, but will be open to all poets writing in English.
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 will receive $2000 and a reading tour of selected Florida colleges and universities, and the winning manuscript will be published by Anhinga Press.
Contest manuscripts are screened by qualified readers appointed by the Press. 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 Iseman Trull.
Contest results are announced in November on our website and published in Poets & Writers, The Writers' Chronicle, New Pages, and other writer's magazines. The winning book is usually published about one year after its selection.
Anhinga Press subscribes to the principles laid out in the Contest Code of Ethics adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):
To see a list of past winners of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize, including links to more detailed information about each, see our Series page.
The award is open to all poets regardless of the number of books published. 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.
We do not accept emailed manuscripts.
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For more information about the contest and Anhinga Press, please visit our Web site at www.anhinga.org. Anhinga Press books are distributed by Small Press Distribution, carried by many independent bookstores, available on our website and online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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