2018 Crosswinds Annual Poetry Contest – Begins July 1, 2017.

Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Mr. Lloyd Schwartz, poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic will be our judge for the 2018 poetry contest.


First Prize: $1,000 and publication.

Second Prize: $250 and publication.

Third prize:  $100 and publication.

Note: As part of our continuing mission, 10% of contest submission fees will be shared between a non-profit literary outreach effort and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. 


First Prize of $1,000.00 –  Jack Cooper of California for OF LONGING.

Second Prize of $250.00 –  AE Hines of Oregon for FINANCIAL ADVISOR.

Third Prize of  $100.00 –    Jed Myers of Washington for THIS DAY.

Note:  Sample copies may be ordered from this site, or directly from our submittable platform.


From all submissions, approximately 100 poems will be accepted for publication. Our editorial staff selects the 18 poems that call most strongly to us. We winnow these down to the ten poems which are then sent blindly to the contest judge. First, second, and third prizes are chosen from these poems. The remaining fifteen poems are published and highlighted as honorable mentions. We make every effort to notify poets as to the status of their work within 3 months of our receiving their submissions. Winning poets and honorable mentions will be notified no later than March 1st following the annual December 31st deadline.


Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than March 10th of each year following the contest deadline. Contest winners agree to allow Crosswinds to publish their names and state of residence on this website, in other forms of advertising, and in Poets and Writer’s Magazine.


Please submit poems as word documents. NO PDF files. Thank you.

Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem from consideration. We prefer poems of under 50 lines.  Please include a brief bio of ten lines or less with your poem submissions, including your postal mailing address. All entries are considered for publication. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere. Should poets wish to withdraw their poems after acceptance, they must do so prior to the stated contest deadline. Multiple entries are acceptable as long as separate reading fees are included with each entry (see below). Crosswinds Poetry Journal cannot consider contest submissions from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Crosswinds or the current judge.

The entry fee for contest poems is $20 for each group of three (3) poems submitted, with a maximum of six (6) poems allowed per poet (requires two separate $20 reading fees and submissions). All submissions are considered for publication.

Poetry contest entries are read from July 1st to the deadline date of December 31st of each year. Poems received outside this period will not be considered, and no manuscripts will be returned. All rights revert to the author upon publication. No postal submissions.

About Mr. Lloyd Schwartz, our 2018 Judge:

Lloyd Schwartz’s poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. His latest collection of poems is Little Kisses (U of Chicago Press). In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

A noted Elizabeth Bishop scholar, Mr. Schwartz is currently Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also the senior editor of classical music for New York Arts and a regular commentator on NPR’s Fresh Air.








Please use the form below to submit your poems written in English.