Above, from our 2014 competition: Fiction judge Sara Pritchard, Fiction winner Meghan Gilliss, Essay judge Andrei Codrescu, Essay winner Nicole Miller, Poetry judge Dennis Finnell, & Poetry winner Mark Wagenaar.
To learn more about our 2013 judges, winners, and finalists in each genre click here.
The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best group of three to six poems.
The $1,500 Dorothy Cappon Prize for the best Essay.
The $1,500 Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction, for the best short story.
Upload your writing online by midnight Monday, May 19th. Entries sent after midnight May 19th cannot be considered or refunded. Please note that our annual deadline is May 18th; however, because the deadline falls on a Sunday this year, we will accept entries throughout the 19th. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service. For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.
Postmark by May 19, 2014.
Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Enclose with each entry:
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. For final judges from previous years, please see the list below.
Finalists are notified in mid-August. The second round of judges selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, which are announced the third week of September. First runners-up receive a courtesy copy of a recent book of poetry or fiction from our affiliate BkMk Press. 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.
Interview with Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters (conducted by Jendi Reiter for Poetry Contest Insider).
Kansas City Literary Events
Special Pricing: This two cd collection features four interviews with famed novelist Richard Ford that span his career back to 1987. Downloads of these programs have also been reduced and are available through our archives.