Poetry International Prize
The judge for the 2023 Poetry International Prize is Alexandra Lytton Regalado
THE POETRY INTERNATIONAL PRIZE is one of two annual contests sponsored by Poetry International to award a cash prize of $1000 and publication for a single poem. Submit up to 3 poems with a $15 entry fee. You may submit additional poems for a $3 reading fee per poem. All entries are considered for publication. Please refer to our contest guidelines for more information.
Contest opens in spring and runs from March 1 to April 30. Winners are announced in the fall.
Congratulations to Lee Peterson, winner of the 2023 Poetry International Prize
The prize-winning poem “Quartet for the End of Time” will appear in an upcoming issue of Poetry International.
Alexandra Lytton Regalado on “Quartet for the End of Time”:
2022 Winner, Adam O. Davis
His poem, “Pyrrhic Symphony” was chosen by Kevin Prufer and will be published in a future issue of Poetry International.
2021 Winners, Eva Heisler and Armen Davoudian
2020 Winner, Patrick James Errington
His poem,“The Opposite of Poetry,” was chosen by judge Blas Falconer and will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of Poetry International.
2019 Winner, Laura Budofsky Wisniewski
Her poem, “How Mushrooms Will Save the World.” was chosen by judge Sandra Alcosser for $1000 and will be published in the spring 2022 issue of Poetry International.
2018 Winner, Amir Safi
His poem, “Asahd” was chosen by judge Victoria Chang for $1000 and publication in a future issue of Poetry International.
2017 Winner, Anders Carlson-Wee
His poem, “Cutting for Sign” was chosen by judge Sherwin Bitsui for $1000 and publication in a future issue of Poetry International.
2016 winner, Elisa Díaz Castelo
Her poem, “Last Family Visit to Tequesquitengo” was chosen by Sam Taylor for $1000 and publication in a future issue of Poetry International.
2015 winner, Sally J. Johnson
Congratulations to our 2015 winner, Sally J. Johnson! Her poem “There Is No Denying the Naturalness” was chosen by Carol Frost and will be published in a future issue of Poetry International. Sally J. Johnson also earned a $1000 cash prize!
2014 winner, Vicky Santiesteban
Congratulations to our 2014 winner, Vicky Santiesteban! Her poem “The Heat Is” was chosen by Fady Judah and will be published in a future issue of Poetry International. Vicky Santiesteban also earned a $1000 cash prize!
2013 winner, Mark Wagenaar
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Mark Wagenaar, for his poem, “Migrations.” Mark will receive $1000 and his poem will appear in a future edition of Poetry International. Kudos to finalists: Todd Fredson, “Waiting in Zraluo” and Jennie Panchy, “Envoi (acrostic.)” The amazing Valzhyna Mort was this year’s judge.
2012 winner, Nicole Sealey
Congratulations to our 2012 winner, Nicole Sealey! Her poem “Imagine Sisyphus Happy” was chosen by Jericho Brown and will be published in a future issue of Poetry International. Nicole also earned a $1000 cash prize.
2011 Winner, Ellery J. Akers
Congratulations to the winner of the 2011 Poetry International Prize, Ellery J. Akers! Her poem, “Mud Lake,” was chosen by judge Steve Kowit for a $1,000 prize and publication in an upcoming issue of Poetry International. Kowit called “Mud Lake” “an exquisite piece of work.” Congratulations, Ellery!
2010 winner, Rochelle Hurt
Our winner is Rochelle Hurt, an MFA student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her poem, “Helen’s Confession,” was chosen by judge Bruce Boston for publication in an issue of Poetry International, and a $1000 cash prize.
2009 Winner, Rebekah Stout
Congratulations to Rebekah Stout, winner of the Poetry International Prize 2009! Stout’s poems ‘Midas’ and ‘In the Garden’ will appear in Poetry International 17. Sandra Alcosser judged. Kudos to finalists Melissa Stein, Ann Struthers, Noreen Ayres, Sierra Nelson, and Michael Lee Phillips.
2008 winner, Sasha Parmasad
Winner of Poetry International Prize for 2008 is Sasha Parmasad for her poem, Memory of Sugarcane-worker Off Duty. Ms. Parmasad has received the prize of $1000, and her poem will appear in the next issue of Poetry International.