• October 20, 2018 - January 14, 2019

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international award for book manuscripts. It was founded in 1995.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry believes that talented minds should get the opportunity to reach their audience and aims to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. The competition is organized by Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University.

Center for Literary Publishing’s mission is to publish contemporary short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. They also offer graduate students opportunities to learn about literature. The students can participate in literary publishing through a professional internship as well.

The Center was established in 1992 and is housed in the English Department at Colorado State University.

Colorado State University was founded in 1870 and is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Since then, more than 230,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees have been graduated at Colorado State, including more than 6,000 in 2011-2012. 184,586 living alumni are active in 27 geographic alumni groups representing 17 states (4 in Colorado and 23 out of state) and 16 common interest groups.

Colorado State’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office hosts some of the strongest community-service programs in the United States, with more than 6,000 students participating in university public outreach. CSU faculty played a significant role in the founding of the Peace Corps, and CSU remains one of the primary sources of Peace Corps volunteers today. Colorado State’s rankings include its recognition as a top tier university in the U.S.




  • The winning manuscript will be published by Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2019. 
  • The winner will be awarded $2,000.


  • Friends and students (current & former) of the final judge and Colorado State University are not eligible.
  • Manuscripts can consist of poems that have been published, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished in any form.
  • The cover letter must include, the manuscript title, name, address, e-mail, and phone number of the author. A bio can be added but it is not compulsory. However, the author’s name must not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
  • The theme and style are both open.Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages.
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

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