The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize

The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is awarded to an unpublished book of poetry. The winner’s collection will be published by Twelve Winters Press in print and digital formats (with the possibility of an author-read audio version). The winner will also receive twenty copies of the print edition, 20% of the funds generated by the contest entries up to a maximum prize of $1,000, and an offer of the Press’s standard publishing agreement, which includes 20% royalties.

The winner and finalists will be determined by the final judge, Pauline Uchmanowicz, and the winning collection will be reviewed by the North American Review. Some finalists may be offered publication via Twelve Winters as well.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The collection must be between 50 and 80 manuscript pages.
  • Follow standard manuscript submission guidelines (e.g., a minimum of 11-point font, in either Times New Roman, Calibri, or another conventional typeface).
  • The poems must be the poet’s original work, and she/he must have the rights and permissions to publish the poems and all of their contents.
  • The poems must be in English. Words and brief phrases in other languages within the poems or as epigraphs are acceptable.
  • The submitted manuscript must be free of any information that identifies the poet. No acknowledgments/appreciations page please.
  • Close friends, family and students of the final judge, Pauline Uchmanowicz, are ineligible.

Entries must be submitted via the Press’s Submittable site by December 1, 2016 (extended deadline). There is a nonrefundable $25 fee – or $35, nonrefundable, if the entrant wishes to receive a copy of the winning collection when it is published.


The winner and finalists will be announced in spring 2017.

Pauline headshot 2The final judge, Pauline Uchmanowicz, is the author of the poetry collection Starfish, as well as the chapbooks Sand & Traffic and Inchworm Season. Her poetry and other writing are widely published — Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, and Ploughshares among many others. She directs the Creative Writing program at SUNY New Paltz.

For questions about the contest, please contact Twelve Winters Press at

Previous Winners

2016 — Enid Shomer, Shoreless (book forthcoming in 2017)