Submissions open for the Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

Submissions open for the Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

About the prize

The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, the founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon who passed away in 2016. Jane was a gifted poet who made The Writing Salon a prominent and respected creative writing school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was well known for her generous spirit and her direct and encouraging teaching style. A posthumous collection of her poems, entitled When My Heart Goes Dark, I Turn the Porch Light On, was published in 2017. Open to all poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. This year’s final judge is David Hernandez.

Winners receive

Contest guidelines

  • The contest is open to all poets.
  • The entry fee is $15. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Contestants may submit one entry of up to 3 poems. Poems must be sent in a single file.
  • Each of the 3 poems may not exceed 80 lines in length.
  • No previously published work, which includes online publications.
  • Poems should not include any information that reveals the identity of the author. Any entries that reveal the author’s identity will be discounted.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Notify them immediately if a poem is placed elsewhere by adding a note to your submission at Submittable.
  • Email and mail submissions will not be read.
  • All rights revert to the author upon publication of the poem.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced in March 2021.

Deadline to submit

December 1, 2020. Ready to submit? Do that here!