Submissions & Prizes

Please refer to our submission guidelines for information and deadlines.

Submissions to the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize are open from April 1–May 31, 2020. Full details.

Milkweed Fellowship

Applications are not yet open for the Milkweed Fellowship. Please stay tuned for information about the next submission period. The Milkweed Fellowship 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


Applications to our Spring 2020 internship program close on November 15, 2019; all applicants will be notified by mid-December.

The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry supports outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and brings their work to a national stage. Formerly known as the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, which was established in 2011, this prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. The winner will selected from a small number of finalists by our independent judge.
2020 Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Submissions Open: January 3–February 14, 2020
Be sure to review the complete eligibility restrictions and manuscript guidelines prior to submitting your work! 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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