The Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

  • with the support of the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust
  • $1,500 prize for a single poem
  • Judge: Marilyn Chin
  • Submissions Open February 1 - April 30


  • Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on any subject in any style up to a maximum of 10 pages per entry. (We enjoy long poems!)
  • Reading fee of $15 per entry. A limited number of complimentary entries are available to poets for whom the fee presents a hardship. Contact us at for more information.
  • Submitters paying the reading fee may purchase a discounted 1-year subscription to the BPJ. (An additional shipping charge applies to international subscribers.)
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please notify us immediately of publication elsewhere by leaving a message in Submittable.
  • We regret we that cannot accept entries after the deadline or changes to poems after submission.
  • Please no translations (though we are happy to see these during our regular reading periods).
  • Kindly refrain from placing your name anywhere on the attached manuscript.
  • The editors will consider all submissions for publication.
  • Finalists will be notified in the summer; the winner will be announced and published in the Fall issue of the BPJ.
  • We follow the CLMP Guidelines for contests and are committed, in all we do, to the highest ethical standards. If you are a personal friend, family member, or student of any BPJ editor or of the judge, or if you are a former or current intern or staff member of the BPJ, please refrain from submitting.

“…every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome…”
—Adrienne Rich