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2024 Colorado Prize for Poetry (Deadline: January 14, 2023)

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is a book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing, with national distribution by the University Press of Colorado.

$2,500 honorarium & book publication. • The winning book will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing in the fall of 2024. The final judge is Brenda Shaughnessy. Friends & students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. • Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. • Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages. See complete guidelines.

Launched in 1956 (with the first issue featuring work by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings, Henry Miller, Bertolt Brecht, and Mark van Doren), Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Each issue is approximately 200 pages. Published three times a year, CR has a circulation of approximately 1,100, is carried by university and public libraries across the country, and is distributed by Kent News to independent bookstores. The journal receives over 9,000 manuscript submissions each academic year.

Colorado Review is committed to the publication of contemporary creative writing. We are equally interested in work by both new and established writers. CR does not publish genre fiction, nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction.