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, 2017 and April 17, 2017. Judging will take place during the months of May and July 2017 with a winner announced in summer 2017. 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, 2017 and April 17, 2017.
  • 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.


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2017 Judge

2017 Judge

Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. He’s an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program at UA-Fairbanks.

Previous Winners

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.