We will read submissions for the second annual Coniston Prize between July 1 and September 1, 2015.

About The Coniston Prize

The Coniston Prize is an annual award that recognizes an exceptional group of poems by a woman writing in English. 

The winner receives $1,000 and is featured in Radar's dedicated contest issue. Finalists are also awarded publication.

Congratulations to Flower Conroy, winner of the 2014 Coniston Prize, selected by judge Mary Biddinger. Browse Issue 4 to read Conroy's poems and the work of our outstanding finalists.

2015 Judge

We are pleased to announce that the judge of the 2015 Coniston Prize will be Lynn Emanuel!

Lynn Emanuel is the author of four books of poetry, Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly—, and, most recently, Noose and Hook. A volume of her new and selected poetry, The Nerve Of It, will be forthcoming in the fall of 2015. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. She has been a judge for the National Book Awards and has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Bennington College Low Residency MFA program. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Poetry Series Award, the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, and, most recently, a fellowship from the Ranieri Foundation.


Submissions are open July 1 through September 1 annually. We notify all entrants on or before October 1. The entry fee is $15. 

Submit 3-6 previously unpublished poems in a single document through our submissions manager. You may include a cover letter and brief bio in the comments box.

Please remove all identifying information from the poems themselves. All contest submissions will be read anonymously.

This award recognizes an exceptional group of poems. We therefore suggest that you submit poems that are intentionally cohesive in some way, whether connected by subject matter, theme, voice, style, or imagery.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we cannot refund contest fees if you have to withdraw all or part of your submission. Multiple entries are acceptable with an additional fee.  


The Coniston Prize is awarded only to female poets.

If you know the editors or our judge personally, you should not submit your work. This includes current or former students of the editors or the judge. If such a relationship is identified, your entry will be disqualified.  

Please click below to submit. We look forward to reading your poems! 


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(Contest open July 1 - September 1)