Submit 50-100 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 by May.

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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Arda Collins is the author of Star Lake (The Song Cave, 2022), recently nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award, and It Is Daylight (2009), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is also a recipient of the Sarton Award in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Apart from her work as a writer and a teacher, she has also been an associate producer on the PBS documentary series Frontline and American Experience. She teaches at Smith College.