New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize is open to all Southern poets with no more than one previously published full-length collection.

Submittors must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have resided there for a minimum of 24 consecutive months. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)

Manuscripts should be between 48-120 pages for this contest. Friends, colleagues, and students of the judge are not eligible. Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible. Manuscripts must be received between January 1, 2019 and 11:59PM April 17, 2019. Judging will take place during the months of May and July 2019 with a winner announced in summer 2019. The reading fee for this prize is $25. The winner will receive $1000 and publication by Hub City Press.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Hub City Press will accept typed poetry manuscript submissions of 48-120 pages between January 1, 2019 and 11:59PM April 17, 2019.
  • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us by email ( if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
  • While translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not acceptable, manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine.
  • No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.

  • We ask that you do NOT include a bio or an acknowledgements page with your manuscript since all manuscripts will be read anonymously by our readers, editors, and judge.

  • Manuscripts should include one title page with the manuscript’s title only. [NOTE: this has changed since we started accepting online submissions only]


I have never published a collection of poetry before. Am I eligible?

Yes! The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize is meant for emerging writers who either have never published a collection or have a maximum of one previously published poetry collection.

I was born in / grew up in / attended school in one of the 11 states listed, but have since moved away. Am I eligible?

Unfortunately, no. The contest is open only to writers currently living in the Southern states listed in the guidelines. If you don't currently live in one of those states you are ineligible for the prize. You must currently live in one of the listed Southern states and have lived there for 24 consecutive months.

I have lived in two of the listed states (for example: North and South Carolina) in the last 24 months. Am I eligible?

Yes! As long as you've lived in the South, moving between states is fine.


2019 Judge

2019 Judge

G.C. Waldrep is the author of six full-length poetry collections, most recently feast gently and a long poem, Testament. With Joshua Corey he edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. Waldrep’s work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, New England Review, New American Writing, Harper’s, Tin House, Verse, and many other journals in the USA and abroad, as well as in Best American Poetry (2010 & 2018) and the second edition of Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry. He has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Lannan Foundation residency, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University and edits the journal West Branch. From 2007 to 2018 he served as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.

Previous Winners

Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey D. Alexander is a Kentuckian who lives in East Tennessee with her dog and husband. She was named after a 1970s TV star and a broadcast journalist. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University. Her poems have appeared on, and in Crazyhorse, Waxwing, The Southern Review, GRIST, and other publications. A poem she wrote won the 2015 Devil’s Lake Driftless Prize, and in 2014, she was a scholar at the month-long National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor.” For more, visit

J.K. Daniels

J.K. Daniels

J.K. Daniels’s poems have appeared in Queer South, Best New Poets, Calyx, The New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She is a Professor and Associate Dean at Northern Virginia Community College, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. Daniels's collection Wedding Pulls was selected by C.D. Wright and published in September 2016.

Lilah Hegnauer

Lilah Hegnauer

Lilah Hegnauer teaches literature and creative writing at James Madison University and at the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of the Amy Clampitt Residency in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her work has been published in many literary journals, including Beloit, The Kenyon Review, FIELD, AGNI, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Lilah's collection Pantry was selected by D.A. Powell and published in February 2014.