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P – The Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award

March 31


The Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Book Award is a new annual book award. The winner will receive $5,000 and publication. The inaugural Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Book Award will be given in 2022.

Submission Guidelines

The submission period runs from January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

All submissions must be made electronically through Submittable.

The submission fee is $25. This fee may be waived for entrants experiencing financial hardship. Email to request a fee waiver.

Submit up to 10 poems from the manuscript, not to exceed 10 pages total, with each poem starting on a new page. Do not include any identifying information on the submitted poems. The entries will be read blind, and any poems that contain identifying information will be discarded without being read and the submission fee will not be returned.

Provide a cover letter with name, contact information, and a brief bio in the designated spaces on the Submittable form.

Revision of sample submissions is not allowed during the submission period. You are welcome to withdraw and resubmit your sample, but the new submission will require an additional $25 entry fee.

Semi-finalists will be announced June 1, 2022, and invited to submit full manuscripts (70-90 pages). All full manuscripts must be submitted by 11:59 pm July 31, 2022. Five finalists and the winner will be selected from the semi-finalist manuscripts.

The winner of the Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Book Award receives the following:

Publication by New York Quarterly Books

25 author copies

$5,000 prize (not treated as an advance toward royalties)

Reading in fall of 2022 in Paterson, NJ

Five finalists will receive:

$100 prize

Invitation to participate in the reading in September 2022 in Paterson, NJ

All entries will be read blind. The semifinalists and finalists will be chosen by a committee selected by the Laura Boss Poetry Foundation. The winner will be chosen by poet and Paterson Literary Review editor Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

Email if you have additional questions.


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Laura Boss Poetry Foundation


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