Submissions are accepted from April 1st through December 31st at ohiouniversitypress.submittable.com. There is a $30 entry fee.
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at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, this competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.
This poignant collection of masterful elegies centers on the revelatory ways in which the speaker reconciles love, loss, and grief’s legacy. Following her mother’s battle with colon cancer and her own crisis of meaning, Henning culminates the collection with her rediscovery of joy in life’s small moments.
Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be set on standard sized paper. Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page. If acknowledgments are included, they 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.
The general editor is Sarah Green. The final judge for the 2023 competition is Jennifer Kwon Dobbs. 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 $1,000.