Wicked Woman Poetry Prize

The Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize

2021-22 – The Wicked Woman Poetry Prize is closed for submissions. Below, you will find archived details on the contest and previous winners.

Judge: Kim Roberts

The Wicked Woman Poetry Prize seeks submissions of full length poetry manuscripts by or about women who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.” We welcome manuscripts from both cis and trans women as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.

Submit your work using Submittable (note that the link is only active during the submission period).  Send a cover letter including the title of your submission along with one document, preferably in Word, containing between 42 and 64 pages of poetry.  Your name should not appear on the poetry document.

Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books.

Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year’s judge (through a college, university, a community program, residency, or private tutorial) within the last two years is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.

Note: Visually impaired poets can submit to BhB’s director and editor in chief Clarinda Harriss at clarindaharriss13@gmail.com and mail the entry fee to BhB, Inc., 306 Suffolk Road, Baltimore, MD 21218-2521.

Prize: $250 and publication of your book by BrickHouse Books, Inc.

Entry fee: $10.

The Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Poetry Prize began its inaugural competition on September 1, 2018 and was awarded in 2019.

Previous Winners

Lori Jakiela (2021)
Sheila Squillante (2020)
Linda Quinlan (2019)

Previous Judges

Nancy Naomi Carlson (2021)
Katherine E. Young (2020)
Rose Solari (2019)