2018 Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Guidelines

Keep on travelin’ that muddy road to freedom / Follow that drinking gourd. — Traditional


7th Annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize

Application & Guidelines:


Winner receives $350 prize money, publication by Northwestern University Press in Fall 2018, 15 copies of the book, and a featured reading at The Poetry Foundation.


Judging will be conducted by a panel of senior minority poets and scholars assembled by the Northwestern University Poetry and Poetics Colloquium.


Poets of color who have not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. Simultaneous submissions to other contests should be noted. Immediate notification upon winning another award is required. Winner must be available for a reading in Chicago in January of 2019.


Reading period begins January 15, 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted by December 31, 2017. The winner will be announced on March 15, 2018.


  • Complete submission form [see below] to be included with manuscript packet.
  • Email a PDF of one manuscript with a submission form attached separately. One manuscript per poet.
  • Author’s name should appear on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Manuscript must be typed single-sided with a minimum font size of 11 and 25-35 pages in length.
  • Manuscript must include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems.
  • Do not include illustrations or images of any kind.
  • Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines will be discarded without notice to sender.
  • Post-submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.

Email to: poetrypoeticscolloquium@gmail.com


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