Poetry Contest Guidelines:

Catamaran Poetry Prize Complete Guidelines

The 2020 Catamaran Poetry Prize will be open for submissions

Nov 15, 2019 - April 20, 2020

The finalists for the 2019 Catamaran Poetry Prize will be announced May 20th, 2019

The winner for the 2019 Catamaran Poetry Prize will be announced June 1st, 2019

The Catamaran Poetry Prize encourages the submission of previously unpublished poetry manuscripts across a range of styles, themes, and forms. This contest is for a collection of poetry only. Manuscripts of fiction, creative nonfiction, or screenplays are ineligible. The prize is only open to West Coast poets living in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. All submissions should be written in English. 

A prize of $1,000 and publication in book form will be awarded to the poetry collection selected by the judge.

Submissions must be received between November 15, 2019 and April 20, 2020 in order to be considered for publication. No late submissions will be accepted.

Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and between 60--100 pages in length. Poems in the collection must be the original work of the author and previously unpublished in a book length collection. Poems can be published previously in print magazines or online journals. Acknowledgments should be included for previously published work. Please ensure all included quotations are clearly attributed to the author.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are acceptable. Please send us an email at editor@catamaranliteraryreader.com and let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

The judge is poet, playwright, and translator Zack Rogow. There is no pre-screening process; all manuscripts will go directly to the judge. Submissions will be read blind, so please remove your name from the title page and content of the manuscript itself.

Revisions are not allowed to the manuscript after it has been submitted to the contest. However, the winning poet will have time to revise the collection before publication. Catamaran reserves the right to get approval from the judge if revisions are significant.

If our staff encounters any difficulties in processing your submission we will contact you to obtain a correction. Minor errors in your submission (spelling, formatting, typographic errors) do not affect your chance of winning.

The 2020 winner will be announced to our Email list and on the Catamaran website in May 2020, and we expect to publish the winning collection in September 2020.


About Zack Rogow: 

The judge for our 2020 Catamaran poetry prize is Zack Rogow, a Catamaran contributing editor for 8 years since our inaugural issue in 2012. Zack Rogow is a poet, playwright, editor, and translator. Zack has published eight collections of poetry, and is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His most recent book of poems, Irreverent Litanies, was published in 2019 by Regal House. Rogow’s other books of poetry include Talking with the Radio: poems inspired by jazz and popular music from Kattywompus Press, Talking with the Radio (2015), and My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers (2012). His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines from the American Poetry Review to ZYZZYVA.  He is the editor of an anthology of U.S. poetry, The Face of Poetry, which was the culmination of his nine years presenting national poets at the Lunch Poems Reading Series at UC Berkeley.  He has an MA in English from City University of New York, and a BA in English from Yale University.