Judge: Sommer Browning

Submissions will be accepted November 1 to January 15, 2022.

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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Sommer Browning is a poet, writer, curator, and artist living in Denver. Her books include the poetry collections Backup Singers and Either Way I'm Celebrating (both from Birds, LLC), as well as the artist book The Circle Book (Cuneiform Press), the joke book You're On My Period (Counterpath), and others. Her third poetry collection, Good Actors, is out from Birds, LLC in Fall 2021. In 2017, she founded GEORGIA, an art space in her garage in Denver. Her poetry, art writing, and visual art have appeared in Hyperallergic, Bomb, jubilat, Chicago Review, Entropy, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is a librarian.