Ars Poetica Prize

2019 Ars Poetica Prize Postponed

Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal is on hiatus due to medical misfortunes. We have every hope of reopening to general submissions in late 2019, provided the doctors are clever and the meta-stars align. A launch date for the next Ars Poetica Prize will be revisited when the journal reopens.

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About the 2018 Ars Poetica Prize

The Riddled with Arrows Ars Poetica Prize aims to recognize exceptional poetry about poetry. One First Place winner will receive $50.00.

Additionally, First and Second Place winners will receive publication and a feature in an upcoming issue of Riddled with Arrows, plus a signed copy of Jeannine Hall Gailey’s new book, PR for Poets: A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing

2018 Guest Judge: Jeannine Hall Gailey

Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington and the author of Becoming the VillainessShe Returns to the Floating WorldUnexplained FeversThe Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize,  Field Guide to the End of the World. She’s also the author of PR for Poets, a Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner.

The Finer Details:

–> Submissions are open August 1st – 31st, 2018. Winners will be announced in late September.

–> This contest is open to everyone.  There are no restrictions on genre, style, length, or theme EXCEPT: only poems that deal with (in some central way) the process and product of writing poetry will be consideredcall it ars poetica, metapoetics, recursive poetry, whatever uncorks your inkwell. For a better idea of what we mean and what we look for, have a look at our recent issue or our archives for examples of poets who got it write right.

–> Although Riddled with Arrows is a reprint-friendly venue, we are only interested in unpublished poems for the Ars Poetica Prize.

–> There is no limit to the number of poems you may submit.

–> An entry fee of $2 per poem (or three for $5) must be paid via PayPal at the time of submission (credit card can be used without a PayPal account).  See “How to Enter” (below) for instructions.

–> Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. We cannot issue refunds for work that is withdrawn.

How to Enter:

FIRST: Go here to remit contest fees.  Use the drop down option to select the number of poems you wish to enter: one, two or three poems (every third poem is discounted).  Wash, rinse, and repeat for every 1 – 3 poems you’d like to submit.

THEN: Submit your entry to

–> The body of your email should include ONLY three things:

1. Your name
     2. # of poems you are submitting
     3. Paypal Receipt # for your Contest fees    

Entries that do not include the above information may be disqualified.

–> Poems must be attached in a word doc or rtf. Attach each poem as a separate document.

–> Submissions will be read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on the file or filename(s). The name of the file should be the name of the poem.



–> Please be sure that your entries are publication-ready.  We cannot accommodate revisions to your work once it has been received.  We cannot issue refunds for any reason.


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