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 Flower's poems and the work of our outstanding finalists.


Submissions are open July 1 through September 1 annually. We notify all entrants on or before October 1. The entry fee is $15. The 2015 judge will be announced in early summer.

Submit 3-6 previously unpublished poems in a single document through our submissions manager.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)