Ars Poetica Prize 2022

The Riddled with Arrows
Ars Poetica Prize

for exceptional poetry about poetry

Featuring Special Guest Judge: Jennifer Givhan

The Riddled with Arrows Ars Poetica Prize recognizes the very best poetry about poetry, whether you call it Ars Poetica, metapoetics, recursive, self-referential, experimental, or just damn fine writing.

To be considered for the Prize your work must identify and engage with itself as poetry—and/or the process and product of writing poetry—in some central and meaningful way. Previously published poems are fine, but works that have appeared before in Riddled with Arrows are not eligible. No restrictions on poem length, genre, subject, or style. 

First Place: $50 USD
Second Place: $25 USD
Third Place: $10 USD

Winning poems will appear in RwA 5.4, our upcoming open-themed summer issue along with a list of finalists. Winners and one entrant selected by lottery will also receive a signed copy of JUBILEE, a novel by critically-acclaimed author and poeta Jennifer Givhan(International winners will receive an e-copy and a signed note from the author.) Subscribe to our email list and/or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for contest announcements, updates, insider tips and meta-shenanigans.



Submission Fee: $3 USD /poem or 3 poems/$8 USD

All proceeds paid forward to future contributors. Please see our statement on fundraising and transparency (below).

Submission Window: Jun 21 – Jul 19, 2022

How to Enter:

FIRST: Use the payment portal above. Select the number of poems you wish to enter from the drop-down menu. Every third poem is discounted.  Wash, rinse, and repeat for every 1 – 3 poems you’d like to submit.

THEN: Submit your poem(s) to:


–> Be sure to put “ARS POETICA PRIZE” in the email Subject field. 
–> The body of your email should include ONLY three things:

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

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

–> Poems must be attached in a word document (or jpg for visual poetry). Attach each poem as a separate document. The name of the document should be the title of the poem.

–> Submissions will be read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on the document(s) or filename(s)

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

–> Enter as often as you like! 

–> Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

We cannot issue refunds for any reason.

Questions? Send us an email at the submissions address, or come find us on Facebook.

About the Judge

Jennifer Givhan is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including Rosa’s Einstein (University of Arizona Press), and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing). Her newest poetry collection Belly to the Brutal (Wesleyan University Press) and novel River Woman, River Demon (Blackstone Publishing) drop this fall 2022. Follow Jennifer at

Givhan is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet, novelist, and transformational coach from the Southwestern desert. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, POETRY, TriQuarterly, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of numerous notable prizes and awards, including poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices. Givhan holds Masters degrees from California State University Fullerton and Warren Wilson College. 

“More like a raffle”: Riddled with Arrows Statement on fundraising and transparency

Let’s be clear about one thing. It’s not your job to keep Riddled with Arrows (or any other journal) financially afloat. We plan to keep publishing in one form or another for the foreseeable future, so long as the world doesn’t end. This project is and always will be a labor of love. 

Why support Riddled with Arrows?

Riddled with Arrows does not charge fees for general submissions. In top form, that’s at least 4 issues a year. We don’t use Submittable or any other submission service, so we have no excessive costs to leverage from hopeful writers. We don’t charge to expedite submissions, because we’re already one of the fastest-responding markets out there.

Riddled with Arrows pays authors, poets, essayists, and visual artists for their work, with preferences for new and under-published writers. We can’t pay a lot, certainly not top-tier, but we ante up more than “exposure” and gratitude. We know your work has worth.

We get by with a little help from our friends. When we are in top form, Riddled with Arrows runs two fundraising events a year: “Feed the Writers”, a crowd-funding campaign at the Winter Solstice, and the Ars Poetica Prize summer contest. We call it a contest but really it’s more like a raffle with poems. We don’t expect to make a lot from this, but it all helps. Every penny goes back into the till to pay future writers. 

We pay it forward. When we are in top form, Riddled with Arrows is nearly if not quite self-sustaining;. Our goal was and still is to someday incorporate as a non-profit entity. All of that is stil pie-in-the-sky stuff due to life, the Universe, and everything, so for now the project is primarily self-funded. Here’s a general idea of where we are, out-of-pocket, vs where we’d like to be:

Our dream would be to make enough from fundraising and private donations not just to cover our costs for this year but also the coming one, but hell, we’d be stokked just to break even. Close to even, even. 

Contests not your bag? You can still submit to our Open-Theme Summer issue. No fees, but just as competitive (maybe more). Please note: poems submitted to the Ars Poetica Prize will NOT be considered for the summer issue, or vice versa. Either way, it’s competitive.

Want to support Riddled with Arrows but NOT enter the contest? We’re cool with that too! Feed the writers, feed the revolution.

Thank you for your interest in our contest. Happy writing.