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Every once in a while a new press with new ideas and amazing projects appears on the literary scene. Platypus Press is one of those. I’ve been nothing but impressed with their creativity and professionalism. They are a boutique publisher based in England and seek to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences. They are currently accepting no fee poetry manuscript entries for their annual Broken River Prize. Each year a different poet will judge the contest—2020’s judge is poet Kaveh Akbar. His poems appear in The New YorkerPoetryThe New York TimesParis ReviewBest American Poetry, and elsewhere. His newest full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf and Chatto/Random House in 2021.

As always, I wanted to know more about this contest, so I asked editor Michelle Tudor a few questions to find out. See my interview with Tudor and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Broken River Prize.

TUDOR: The Broken River Prize is our annual poetry contest for manuscripts 35-50 pages in length with poet Kaveh Akbar as judge. Poets have the chance to win $250 and publication in 2021.

HOPKINSON: How/why was the Broken River Prize originally started?

TUDOR: We had wanted to run a contest for a while. We’ve released a lot of full-length books through the press, so we thought it would be a good way to find shorter collections.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

TUDOR: This is difficult to answer as we’re not judging the contest. We’re just looking for really great poetry that stands out.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

TUDOR: We’ve been reading a lot of creative non-fiction lately and some great places for that are: GuernicaCatapult and Granta.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send contest entries?

TUDOR: brp@platypuspress.co.uk with the subject header ‘Broken River Prize Submission’

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you? 

Click here to read contest guidelines

DEADLINE: July 31, 2020




  • Publication by Platypus Press in 2021.
  • $250/£200 prize money + 10 copies of the published book

FORMS: Poetry manuscript of 35-50 pages

NOTES: 1/3 of the poems should be unpublished

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/25000/broken-river-prize

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