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

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. 

We are please that Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, will judge this year’s contest.                                           

About Tina Cane, our 2018 Judge:

Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is also the founder and director of Writers-in-the Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including  The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat and The Common. She also produces, with Atticus Allen, the podcast, Poetry Dose.

Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008), Dear Elena: Letters for Elean Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016) and Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


Reading period is July 1st through December 31st.

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 15 lines or less with your poem submissions, including your postal mailing address. Bios exceeding this length may be abridged for brevity. 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.  Poets wishing to withdraw poems under consideration by Crosswinds 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


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