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Ottoline Prize

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The OTTOLINE Prize—named for Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell (1873–1938), beloved undersung patron of the Bloomsbury Group—awards publication and a cash prize to a book of poems by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more books of poetry. The Ottoline Prize existed in previous incarnations as the Motherwell Prize, and the Albert Prize before that.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.
Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to women who have already published one or more poetry books.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience.

General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Collection Poetry CollectionNo page limits known.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.


Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional advance (US$2000 or more) + Unknown royalties Professional advance (US$2000 or more). Unknown royalties.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Multiple entries: Unknown.
Media: Text.

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Ottoline Prize Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 9 reports from 9 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported299 min | 315.2 mean avg | 306.0 median | 350 max days (19.1 std dev)
Pending5 responses are pending (120 min | 134.8 mean avg | 121.0 median | 170 max days waiting | 21.7 std dev) from 5 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $25.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 29 Nov 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 20 Dec 2022.

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Last Updated: 14 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 06 Jun 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 16 Mar 2015

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