The University of Wisconsin Press has published more than fifty collections of poetry since the inception of the Brittingham Prize in 1985. The Brittingham and Pollak Prizes have debuted many of the most respected names in poetry today, including Olena Kalytiak Davis, Bob Hicok, Tony Hoagland, David Kirby, Nick Lantz, Lisa Lewis, and Brian Teare.


Contact Us

Prize Editor Ron Wallace
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

fax: 608-263-3709

Submit to the Brittingham
& Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry

The University of Wisconsin Press awards the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Each winning poet receives a $1,000 cash prize. The prizes are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original poetry submitted in an open competition. All submissions will be considered for both prizes. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter, although translations are not acceptable. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded in February of each calendar year, with publishing contracts to follow soon thereafter.

Only manuscripts postmarked between August 15 and September 15 will be considered. The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included, but must be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet agrees to inform the Series Editor of the manuscript's acceptance for publication elsewhere, and to withdraw the manuscript via the submissions manager if applicable.

Online submissions are strongly encouraged, though postal submissions will still be accepted in September, 2014. All submissions must be typed, in a 8.5" x 11" document, single-spaced, and 60–to-90 manuscript pages in length. Pages should be numbered.

To submit online, go to the submissions manager and complete the online form in the center of the page. If you applied for a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship last year, you do not need to create a new account for the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry; use the same user ID and password you used to apply for the fellowship. You will be asked to upload a single pdf including a title page, table of contents, the manuscript poems, and an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems first appeared. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Once you have successfully submitted, you will be redirected to our secure pay portal, where you can pay the $25 submission fee. You will then receive two emails: one acknowledging receipt of the submission, and one acknowledging your payment.

To submit by mail, please include the materials listed below. Note that manuscripts will not be returned; do not enclose return packaging.

First Class or Priority Mail is preferred. It is not necessary to send your manuscript via a Federal Express service. Questions not answered on this page may be directed to series editor Ron Wallace. Send all other correspondence and submissions to:
           Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes
           c/o Ronald Wallace, UW Press Poetry Series Editor
           Department of English
           600 N. Park Street
           University of Wisconsin
           Madison, WI 53706



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