2018 Ars Poetica Prize

About the 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 a feature and publication 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.


–> 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 Although Riddled with Arrows is a reprint-friendly venue, we are only interested in unpublished poems for the Ars Poetica Prize.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; however, each poem must be submitted individually, in a separate email.  Poems must be attached in a word doc or rtf. Include a cover letter in the body of your email with your name, contact info, and a brief bio.

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



–> An entry fee of $2 per poem must be paid via PayPal at the time of submission (credit card can be used without a PayPal account).  [Instructions for payment will be posted once the contest is open.]

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 We cannot issue refunds for work that is withdrawn.

–> 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. 

–> Questions? Drop us a line or come find us on Facebook


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