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The Berkshire Prize is an open competition with a cash prize. Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad (translations are not eligible for this prize). Prior winners include Kristina Jipson, Daniel Khalastchi, Megan Snyder-Camp, Kristin Bock, and Jennifer Militello.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.
Important: Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to those who are looking to have their first or second book of poetry published.

Country of Publication

United States


Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed

Will be open to submissions from 01 January 2021 (62.1 days from now) through 31 May 2021. 9
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Poetry Collection Poetry Collection48 - 88 pages.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional advance (US$2000 or more) + < 15% royalties Professional advance (US$2000 or more). < 15% royalties.
OK OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Last Updated: 20 Jul 2020
Last Checked: 13 Oct 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 14 Jun 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 19 Jan 2012

Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.