Judge: Jennifer Chang

Submissions will be accepted November 1 to January 15, 2021.

Submit 48-64 pages of poetry, including a list of acknowledgments. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript.

A $25 entry fee must be paid at the time of submission.

Each entrant will receive a copy of one Burnside Review Press title.

Poems may have appeared in journals and chapbooks but not in a full-length, single-author collection.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

Former students, colleagues, and friends of the judge are not eligible to enter the contest. Ineligible entries will be disqualified and entry fees returned as appropriate.

All manuscripts will be read by the Burnside Review Press editors. At least ten finalists will be sent to the judge. The editors may select an additional title from the submission pool for publication.

The winner will receive $1,000, plus ten copies of the book.

Results will be announced in April.

We only accept submissions through our online submission manager. Work sent by any other means will not be read.


About the Judge:

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Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Baffler, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and A Public Space, and her essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Literary History, and The Volta. An associate professor of English at George Washington University, she co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and is on the MFA faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.