The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English, who live in the US or are US citizens, and who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. The prize is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. The prize is facilitated by the staff of COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

More details:

Translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books.

• Self-published book DO count as prior publications if those books were at least 48 pages, had an ISBN, and/or received any sort of distribution.

Current employees of the University of Colorado Denver or Milkweed Editions are not eligible, not are current University of Colorado Denver students. Past editors and interns of Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are also ineligible to submit.

• Individual poems in a submitted manuscript may have been previously published in periodicals and/or in chapbooks. If so, please include an acknowledgments page

All initial screeners for the prize will have published at least one poetry collection. Screening will be facilitated by the poetry staff of Copper Nickel (Wayne Miller, Brian Barker, & Nicky Beer). No screener will screen a manuscript by a friend, colleague, or former student.

• Unfortunately, Gregory Pardlo has become overwhelmed by additional commitments in early 2020 and has asked to pull out of judging the Jake Adam York Prize. 

• The new judge for the Jake Adam York Prize is FRANCINE J. HARRIS, author of play dead (Alice James, 2016)—which won the Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Audre Lord Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and allegiance (Wayne State UP, 2012), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Harris has won the Boston Review Poetry Contest and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the NEA. She teaches at the University of Houston.

• The winning poet will be notified in early March, 2020. Milkweed Editions will publish the winning book in February 2021.

To submit:

• Upload a manuscript of poetry in word, pdf, or rich text format.

• Please do not include your name or address on the cover page. (We have that information through Submittable.)

 • Please exclude any other identifying features in the manuscript that might make your identity clear. (If a poem includes your name, for example, you can replace the name with [author's name].)

For more details, and for information about past winners, visit Copper Nickel's Book Prize Page

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Copper Nickel's editor/managing editor Wayne Miller at

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