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The Penn Review 2019 Prizes


Deadlines

Our 2019 Poetry and Fiction Prizes will be accepting submissions from June 1 to October 15 of 2019.

GUIDELINES:
Poetry
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Please submit up to 5 poems, along with a third-person bio, through Submittable.
* The winner will receive $1000, a $100 Duotrope Gift Certificate, and print publication in The Penn Review No. 70.
* In addition, the winning poem will be included among The Penn Review’s nominees for the 2021 Pushcart Prize.
* All poems are considered for regular publication.
* Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but please specify them in your cover letter.
* Finalists will be notified in November, and final decisions announced in December.
* The entrance fee is $10.
* Profits generated from this prize will be used to fund undergraduate writing scholarships.
* To view previous winners and finalists of our poetry prize, click here.

Fiction
*
Please submit up to 3 stories along with a third-person bio, through Submittable.
* Each story may be up to 5000 words in length.
* The winner will receive $1000 and print publication in The Penn Review No. 70.
* The winning story will also be included among The Penn Review’s nominees for the 2021 Pushcart Prize.
* All stories are considered for regular publication.
* Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but please specify them in your cover letter.
* Finalists will be notified in November, and final decisions announced in December.
* The entrance fee is $10.
* Profits generated from this prize will be used to fund undergraduate writing scholarships.

Reprints
We do not accept work reprinted from other magazines, but will consider submissions that have been published on a personal website or blog.

Rights
We require First North American Serial Rights.  Following publication, all rights revert to the author, but we ask that The Penn Review is credited in subsequent reprints.  In addition, we reserve the right to edit submissions in accordance with the rules of our style guide.

The Penn Review 2019 Prizes are sponsored by Duotrope.

2018 Poetry Prize

Winner: “What We Did After We Stopped the Boatsby Yiwei Chai

Judges’ commentary: The language in "What We Did After We Stopped the Boats" is simple, compact, and never overwrought. While the text is oblique enough to admit numerous interpretations, the poem calls to mind the experience of refugees who risk everything to come to a place of promise and sustenance. Tones of stoicism, pathos, and compassion inform this remarkable piece.

Finalists:

Necessity by Matthew Spireng

Editors’ commentary: The beauty of this poem is the way it establishes its own curious, capacious world within a few lines. With wit, clarity, vividness, and understatement, Matthew Spireng guides us through questions concerning horse supplies, gas shortages, and grieving. This is a poem intended to be kept close by—perhaps in the center of a bookshelf or on top of a coffee table—in case of emergencies.


Always a Game of Youby Eric Stiefel

Editors’ commentary: Elusive, allusive, and filled with rhythmic profusion, Eric Stiefel’s poetry focuses upon themes of desire and ontology. In its thoughtful engagement with the legacy of The Waste Land, this poem invites us into a house of sinister and astonishing beauty.


Horse Girlby Jimin Lee

Editors’ commentary: With its swift and graceful imagery, “Horse Girl” explores questions of cultural identity alongside the pressures of personhood. Exemplary in its execution, powerful in its drive, this poem leaves us eager to see more from Jimin Lee, an emerging poet whose career promises to be long and ferocious.

The Young in New York by Rebecca Pyle

Editors’ commentary: One of the marvels of Rebecca Pyle’s verse is the way it seems to curl in upon itself, gaining strength from the inward spiral of its syntax. In its examination of the aging process, this poem displays both complexity and humor. By the end, readers may find themselves questioning their own notions of theft, ownership, and experience.

Our 2018 Poetry Prize was selected by a distinguished panel of judges that included Jamie-Lee Josselyn, Lynn Levin, Jessica Lowenthal, Michelle Taransky, and Yolanda Wisher.  Visit their bios to learn more.