Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is accepting submissions for its 2018 literary prizes as of July 1; entries will be accepted until September 5.  Guidelines for the contest are available below by genre or below. 

New This Year, Dogwood Doubles the Prize Money Available to Writers:  For the very first time, 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 17 will be published in late spring 2018.  Judges will be announced later this summer.


Judges

Gillian Conoley will judge the Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry. Her most recent collection of poetry, Peace, was named an Academy of American Poets Stand-out Book for 2014 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the author of eight collections of poetry including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Conoley’s work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and has been anthologized in more than 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry (second edition), W.W. Norton’s American Hybrid, Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricism, and Oscar Mondadori’s Nuova Poesia Americana. Conoley’s translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux, appeared with City Lights in 2014, and was named one of the top ten poetry books of 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly.  Conoley has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Denver, Vermont College MFA Program, Texas State University, and Tulane University. The founding editor of Volt, she has taught at Sonoma State University since 1994, where she is Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry).

Nicholas Montemarano will judge the Dogwood Literary Prize in Fiction. He is the author of three novels, A Fine Place, The Book of Why, and, most recently, The Senator's Children. He has also published a short story collection, If the Sky Falls, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. His stories have been published in Esquire, Tin House, Zoetrope, and many other magazines. His fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Nichaolas Montemarano is a 1992 graduate of Fairfield University.

Patrick Phillips will judge the Dogwood Literary Prize in Nonfiction this year.  Patrick Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root was published in 2016, and named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Boston Globe. He has written three poetry collections, including Elegy for a Broken Machine, a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

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, 2017  

Note:  To coincide with the increase in prize monies for the Dogwood Literary Prizes from $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; and 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.









Ends on September 5, 2017$10.00
$10.00
  • 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 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.
Ends on September 5, 2017$10.00
$10.00
  •    Submit 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 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.
Ends on September 5, 2017$10.00
$10.00
  • Submit fiction of 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 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.