The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named for the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, this competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

The general editor of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize is David Sanders.

Submission Period

Manuscripts must be postmarked by November 15. Those postmarked later will be returned unread.


Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be set on standard sized paper. Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page. Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page. Individual collections must be the work of a single author. Translations are not accepted. Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest. Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee

There is a $30 fee per entry to help defray administrative costs. For mailed submissions, please make checks payable to Ohio University Press.


The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is announced in April. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.


The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press the following year and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be postmarked or uploaded to by November 15. Those postmarked later will be returned unread.

Snail mail submissions should be sent to:

Ohio University Press
Attn.: Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
215 Columbus Road, Suite 100
Athens, OH 45701.

Online entries can be submitted at

Announcing the 2015 winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize: Michelle Y. Burke, for Animal Purpose, to be published in Spring 2016.

Poetry Prize Winners

Cover of On the Desire to Levitate
Cover of South × South

Cover of Gravel and Hawk
Cover of Cracks in the Invisible

Cover of Unsettled Accounts
Cover of Photographing Eden

Cover of Dear Regime
Cover of The Armillary Sphere

Cover of Hometown for an Hour
Cover of The Optimist

Cover of The Quarry
Cover of Solving For X

Cover of The Palace of Bones
Cover of Midland

Cover of Nostos
Cover of The Watchers

Cover of Infinite Morning