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Dawn Prize for Poetry

Guest judge: Sarah Ghazal Ali

Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of Theophanies, selected as the Editors' Choice for the 2022 Alice James Award, and forthcoming with Alice James Books in January 2024. A 2022 Djanikian Scholar, her poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Pleiades,  Rumpus, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has received support from Community of Writers, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Hambidge Center, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the editor of Palette Poetry and lives in Lewisburg, PA where she is a Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University and poetry editor for West Branch. 

About the contest:

The Dawn Prize for poetry is our new annual contest for emerging writers! Our editors will read all submissions and compile a shortlist by April 20th, and our guest judge will select the final winners by May 1st. 


You are eligible to submit if you have published less than two books of poetry (not including self published books).  

Between February 1st and March 30th, please submit up to 5 poems in the form below. If you are unable to convert your poems to a google document, you may also attach them in an email to with your name and the word "contest" in the subject line. All forms and subject matters are welcome, including prose poetry, visual poetry, and experimental poetry. 


Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please only submit poems that have not been previously published. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. If you would like to be considered for publication or receive feedback on your work, you may also submit through our           


The winning poet will receive $100, editorial praise from our guest judge, and guaranteed publication. The runner up will receive $25, editorial praise from our guest judge, and guaranteed publication. All poets on the shortlist will receive a featured spot on our website and social media platforms.

Submit Here

Thanks for submitting! We look forward to reviewing your work.

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