Submissions & Prizes

Please refer to our submission guidelines for information and deadlines.

Submissions to the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize are open from May 1–June 30, 2019. Full details.

Milkweed Fellowship

Applications are now open for our inaugural Milkweed Fellowship! This is a paid, one- to two-year, learning-oriented position that seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in book publishing—indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and those with disabilities—so they may advance, discover, and champion transformative literature for years to come. Learn more! Deadline to apply: June 6.


Applications to our Fall 2019 internship program close on July 15; all applicants will be notified by early August. Applications to our Spring 2020 session will open in mid-September, stay tuned!

Now accepting internship applications for Fall 2019.

Please review the complete internship description and application instructions on our website before applying. Please submit your application in one combined PDF. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We are committed to making publishing an increasingly diverse and inclusive industry. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses.


Ends on June 30, 2019$25.00

Designed to honor the legacy of one of the most original and accomplished poets to emerge in recent years, and to reward outstanding poets for years to come, the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to the author of a debut collection of poems. 

Henri Cole will judge the 2019 prize.

Be sure to review the complete eligibility restrictions and contest + manuscript formatting guidelines prior to submitting your work! Note that no identifying information may appear in the document you attach. Milkweed Editions reserves the right to disqualify any entries deemed to jeopardize the integrity of the contest.

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