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The Penn Review Poetry Prize

We’re pleased to announce the establishment of The Penn Review Poetry Prize, which will be open to submissions from May 31 to October 15.  


  • Please submit up to 5 poems.  

  • The winner will receive $500 and print publication. In addition, the winning poem will be nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

  • All submitters will receive personalized editorial feedback, and all poems are considered for publication.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. 

  • Final decisions will be announced in November.  At the discretion of our judges, no winner may be selected.

  • The entrance fee is $10.  As we're committed to encouraging local student participation, current Penn undergraduates can submit a Fee Waiver Request Form in order to bypass this fee.

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





General Submissions

We've now entered into a general submissions hiatus over the summer.  Please check back on September 1, when we will be reopening to submissions.  


Response Time
We aim to respond to all submissions within a week, and usually reply within 1-2 days.  Currently, we are listed as one of the 25 Fastest Poetry and Fiction Markets on Duotrope.  Our editorial team works hard to fully discuss and deliberate over each work while ensuring that our submitters are not left waiting for months on end without a reply.  If you have not heard from us within two weeks, you may query.

If you appreciate this writer-friendly policy, please help us by reporting our response time on Duotrope.  It only takes a moment, and it helps to honestly and accurately reflect the speed of our editorial process.


Simultaneous Submissions
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please specify them in your cover letter and notify us immediately if your submission is accepted by another magazine.


Multiple Submissions
Please submit up to 5 poems, 3 short stories or nonfiction pieces, or 10 works of visual art at one time.  As a general rule, fiction and nonfiction pieces should not exceed 2500 words in length.  In addition, if you have received a rejection letter, please wait a week before submitting again.


We do not accept work reprinted from other magazines.  Unfortunately, this includes submissions that have been published on a personal website or blog.


We require First North American 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.


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