Poetry Northwest

James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets

Deadline: 
January 31, 2024 - Check back on December 15th for Upcoming Deadline
Cash Prize: 
$1,000
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Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Poetry Northwest are given annually for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. The winners also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to read with the judge at Poets House in New York City in the fall. Writers who have published no more than one full-length book and who are community-recognized members of tribal nations within the United States and its territories are eligible. A Native poet of national prominence will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each, a cover letter specifying any tribal affiliations and ties, and a brief bio by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

Poetry Northwest, James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets, Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201. Keetje Kuipers, Editor.