Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

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Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose accepts submissions for its 2019 literary prizes from July 1 until September 5.  Guidelines for the contest are available below by genre.  

Dogwood will offer three $1000 prizes, one in each of the three genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  The best poem, story, and essay will win and be published along alongside all finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process.  Dogwood issue 18 will be published in late spring 2019. 

Phil Klay will judge the 2019 Dogwood Literary Award in Fiction.  Klay is a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War and the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. A graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series. He is also a contributor to Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, an anthology of veterans' fiction.  He joins poet and essayist Lia Purpura, who will judge the 2019 Dogwood Literary Awards in Poetry and Nonfiction.

Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently a collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin.) On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books) was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and others.  Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD, is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program. 

Contest Submission Guidelines

Fiction and Nonfiction Submission Guidelines

  • Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages using this online submission manager.
  • Please title your submission with the title of your piece.
  • Please double space and use 12-point font.
  • Include  a brief bio with contact information in the cover letter field on the  submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Poetry Submission Guidelines

  • Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages)
  • Please include all poems in one document.
  • Please single space and use 12-point font.
  • In the submission manager, please include the titles of all poems in your submission title (rather than "Three Poems").
  • Include  a brief bio with contact information in the cover letter field on the  submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Deadline: September 5, 2018

Note:  To coincide with the increase in prize monies for the Dogwood Literary Prizes from a total $1500 to $3000, Dogwood will no longer accept non-prize submissions online and will no longer charge for non-prize submissions.  Enter the prize online or submit non-contest submissions for free by sending them directly to the Editor at the following address:  Carol Ann Davis, Editor, Dogwood, Department of English, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield CT 06824.



Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose