New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

Open to all poets who have either never published a full-length collection of poetry, or who have only published one full-length collection, and who currently reside in and have had residency in one or more of the following states for a minimum of 24 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (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]

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.