Ends on May 18, 2018

$24.00 USD

(Choose Submittable online or postal-mail entries.)

Online entries via Submittable:  
Upload your writing online by midnight Friday, May 18th.  Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Or, via postal mail (address below): 
Postmark postal entries by May 18, 2018.  Mail Entries to:

New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

***Note: The $24 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (4 issues) to New Letters magazine for those entrants residing in the continental United States. Overseas entrants will need to pay an additional $15 postal surcharge, if they would like to receive the subscription. 


  • One cover sheet with genre (poetry) and title(s) only.  
  • Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry. 
  • The cover sheet should be included in the same file as your manuscript. 


  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
  • Poetry entries should contain 3-6 poems. The poems do not need to be related.  
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.


  • Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced the third week of September.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.
  • All finalists are listed in the New Letters issue in which the winners are published.
  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the New Letters editor.


New Letters established its Awards for Writers in 1986 to discover and reward new writers and to encourage more established writers to try new genres or new work in competition.  The contest is open to any writer.  In order to assure fairness throughout the decision process, all judging is done anonymously and by writers outside the New Letters staff, with two rounds of judges making finalist and winner decisions.


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