Ends on September 15, 2018

$29.00 USD, $30.00 USD

Please note that the SUBMIT BUTTON is at the bottom of the page after the guidelines.

The Red Mountain Prize for Poetry awards $1000 and publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language.

All entries may be considered for future publication.


The author must hold all rights to the work. The manuscript may include previously published poems but may not have been published as a whole. Proper attribution must accompany previously published work.

The author must be over 21 years of age.

Submit  a manuscript of 48-72 pages in a single document. See below for submission by mail.

Each poem must begin on a new page with the title of the poem at the top. Do not have your name or identifying data on the manuscript. The submission manager links your data to your submission and you may enter an optional cover letter, which is not visible to the judges.

Use Times New Roman or similar 12 pt font, with at least one-inch margins, with a Table of Contents. Title page should include ONLY the title. The text must be written in English and must be solely one author's work. Very short poems, such as haiku, may be grouped together on a single page if they would appear together in the final book.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but you MUST notify Red Mountain immediately and withdraw your work at once if the work is accepted elsewhere.

The judge will do an initial blind reading of each entry and nominate the finalists. The publisher with the judge will choose the winning entry from among the finalists. If a judge recognizes work during the blind reading, that judge will recuse him/herself from consideration of that entry. People related to the publisher are not eligible.  The final decision is at the sole discretion of the publisher.

For guidance, please look at the books Red Mountain has published. No purchase is required to enter but we hope you will read the books, available at your public library and independent bookseller and our website, http://www.redmountainpress.us, Our books are distributed by http://www.spdbooks.org. Red Mountain Press, of course, does not discriminate on any ascriptive basis (i.e., gender, nationality, race), but is very discriminating in choosing the books it can publish.

The deadline is September 15. The non-refundable online application fee is $29. 

No information will be available in response to telephone inquires. Email questions to redmtnpress@gmail.com and write prize query in the subject line.

Please check the website, www.redmountainpress.us, for updates and further information. The winner and finalists will be announced on this page.

Printed entries are accepted. Send your entry to

Red Mountain Press

PO Box 32205

Santa Fe, NM 87594

Send two copies of the manuscript. The title page should show ONLY the title so that the manuscript is anonymous. Use a single separate cover sheet for all contact information and any additional material you wish to send. Fasten the manuscript with a spring clip. Manuscripts cannot be returned. The print application fee of $30 may be paid online or by check. It is non-refundable.