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Donald Justice Poetry Prize 10

A project of West Chester University Poetry Center


The Donald Justice Poetry Prize is part of the Spencer Poetry Awards, which Kean W. Spencer created in honor of his mother, Iris N. Spencer. The prize recognizes the distinguished American poet, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Donald Justice. The WCU Poetry Center welcomes submissions of unpublished, original book-length manuscripts that pay attention to form for consideration in this competition.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Poetry Collection Poetry Collection50 - 100 pages.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.


Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + < 15% royalties to >= 15% royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Royalties vary.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.


Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Multiple entries: Unknown.
Media: Text.

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AccuracyWe have received 3 reports from 3 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported119 min | 188.0 mean avg | 131.0 median | 314 max days (109.3 std dev)

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $25.00.
Most recent response reported was received on 11 Mar 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 13 Nov 2023.

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Last Updated: 30 Jan 2024
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Date Added: 30 Jan 2021

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