Rattle Poetry Prize 2018

Deadline: 15 July 2018
Open to: writers worldwide
Award:  10,000 USD


The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers 10,000 USD for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive 200 USD each and publication, and be eligible for the 2,000 USD Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2017 they published 20 poems that had been submitted to the contest from just over 4,000 entries.

Past winners have included a retired teacher, a lawyer, and several students. It’s fair, it’s friendly, and you win a print subscription to Rattle even if you don’t win.


Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). Rattle’s winter issue must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but they must be notified immediately if any poems are accepted elsewhere.

Find more information by reading the following document:
Code of Ethics


The entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers) at their regular $25 rate. Prior to May 1st, new subscriptions will start with the Summer 2018 issue, arriving in June. After May 1st, new subscriptions will start with the Fall 2018 issue, arriving September 1st. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension.

One 10,000 USD Winner and ten 200 USD Finalists will be selected in an anonymous review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2017 issue;  one 2,000 USD Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.

How to Apply?

Entries may be submitted by Submittable, or in hardcopy within the United States. International entries must be submitted by Submittable. Email entries will not be accepted—all electronic entries must come through Submittable. You can find the procedure for submitting via hardcopy in the guidelines document.

Click this link to the Submittable contest page to purchase your subscription and upload your file through that system. Be sure to include all the poems that you’re submitting in a single file (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt), removing any identifying information. Contact information is supplied through the online form.

Send up to four poems in a SINGLE file. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, and an additional $25 fee. Each additional entry will add an extra year to your subscription. Contest entries are non-refundable and cannot be edited after submission, so please be sure to upload your final versions of the poems.

Winners will be announced on September 15, 2018, and the Readers’ Choice Award Winner will be announced February 15, 2019.

For more information please visit the official website.