We read submissions for the Coniston Prize between July 1 and September 1 each year. 

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, which is released in October of each year. Finalists are also awarded publication.

Read the work of previous winners below.

2015: Alexandra Lytton Regalado, selected by Lynn Emanuel

2014: Flower Conroy, selected by Mary Biddinger


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Submit 3-6 previously unpublished poems in a single document through our submissions manager.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

2016 Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 judge will be Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, and residences from Civitella di Ranieri and the Lannan Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Boston Review and New England Review, among others. She is Senior Poetry Editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and Founder and Senior Curator at Voluble, a forthcoming channel from Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in theWarren Wilson Program for Writers and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She makes new economies with those who wish to. She tweets at @rocketfantastic and is on Instagram as gabbat. Her third book of poems, Rocket Fabtastic, is forthcoming. She is at work on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself.


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.  


Each year, the editors first read all Coniston Prize submissions without viewing any personal information (name, address, publishing history). From these submissions, the editors select up to 10 finalists. The finalists' manuscripts, free of any identifying information, are sent to that year's contest judge, who then selects a winner.

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


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(Contest open July 1 - September 1) 


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CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.