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Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest 2

A project of Orchard Street Press


In 2017, TOSP conducted a national chapbook contest that produced Orchard Street’s first five published collections. In 2018, The Press changed things up a bit and switched to an annual Poetry Contest that considered individual poems. Prize winners and other select entrants were then invited to submit chapbook manuscripts for possible publication. That Contest yielded the next set of chapbooks and the first edition of Quiet Diamonds, an annual poetry journal composed of pieces submitted to the Contest. Since 2017, we have published over 80 titles. The 2018 annual Poetry Contest also saw the first awarding of the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize for the First-Place winning poem. The prize is named for two women who had a major influence on the people who decided to live on Orchard Street: Before they were wives, mothers, and grandmothers, Louise Malovrh and Claire Fenlon were young women who loved poetry; and, though they never had the opportunity to study poetry in any formal sense, they never let that passion fade. And even as life caught them up in the labors of their every day, they passed that love of poetry on to their children and, through them, into the expanding worlds of their families and beyond where that love still flourishes and grows to this day. The Orchard Street Press proudly names its annual Poetry Prize to recognize and extend their gift.

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Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Open

Open to poetry submissions through 30 April 2024* (approx. 57 days from now). 1
Open to a broad Audience.
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 4 pieces.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
OK OK Unknown Unknown UnknownText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Last Updated: 01 Mar 2024
Last Audited: 26 Oct 2023 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 02 May 2023

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