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Submission period for the 19th Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize opens May 15th

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

The nineteenth annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the following states: DE, MD, ME (a new addition this year), NC, NJ, NY, PA,VA, WVA, and District of Columbia, will consist of $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer*, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties). There is no entry fee.

The rules are: Manuscripts must be received by midnight, August 15, 2021. Eligible poets must reside in the above listed states and be 21 years of age by the date of the award. * The manuscript is to be submitted electronically in one MS Word document attachment. Send to prize coordinator, Linda Blaskey, at Snail mail submissions will not be accepted.

Two title pages are to be included in the same MS document as the manuscript: the first with the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, phone numbers and e-mail address; the second with just the manuscript title. No manuscript is to have any author-identifying information other than the one title page and will be rejected if it does. The manuscript must be book-length (between 48 and 78 pages of original work – no translations). A poem may be more than one page. One submission per entrant.

Submissions open on May 15, 2021 and the winner notified by early September. Due to the short turnaround time and the tight publication schedule, no simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Judging is blind and double-tiered. This year’s final judge will be Hayden Saunier.

The award will be presented to the winner on Saturday evening, December 11, 2021 at the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. The winner must agree to attend this event and to read from their winning book at a reception honoring them. The prize will be officially awarded by Sam Calagione, Founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distillery, or by another company official. The presentation party will take place, unless Covid restrictions are still in place.

The author of the winning manuscript also agrees to provide a color head-shot photograph, with photographer’s credit, a dedication page for the interior of the book, and an acknowledgement page of poems previously published, and in which publications and/or websites they appeared. The winner agrees to travel to Delaware at the winner’s expense for awarding of the prize. Dogfish Head will provide the winner two nights lodging at the Dogfish Inn in the beach resort town of Lewes, Delaware.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales retains the right to use any of the winning work in promotional materials. Employees of Dogfish Head and their families, staff of the Broadkill Review and of Broadkill River Press and their families, and previous winners of the prize are ineligible to enter.

For questions and more information contact Linda Blaskey, Prize coordinator, at linblask@aol.comor at

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