The Birdy Poetry Prize, by Meadowlark Books

2019 Winner & Finalist List (announced 01/14/2019)


Please check back for updates to 2020 prize details

Accepting Entries: May 1 to December 1


Final Deadline for Entries: December 1, Midnight

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $500 cash, publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book (2019 Prize -- please check back for 2020 Prize details)


All entries will be considered for standard Meadowlark Books publishing contract offers, as well.  

Submission and contest entry fee of $25 must be received by December 1, midnight.

Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. All poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history.

Manuscript Preparation - Electronic Submissions (postal mail instructions below):
Electronic submissions must be submitted as a single Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text (.rtf) file. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the document. Manuscript should include a title, a complete list of contents, and any section or division headings.

Before submitting the manuscript, $25 fee must be paid at the Meadowlark Online Bookstore or fee may be submitted by postal mail to Meadowlark Books, PO Box 333, Emporia, KS 66801 (note manuscript title on check).

In the body of the submission email, include the following:
  1. Payment confirmation # or date check mailed
  2. Author name
  3. Author contact, including mailing address, email address, phone number
  4. Title of manuscript
Submit manuscript as attachment to submissions@meadowlark-books.com. The subject line of the email should read, “The Birdy Poetry Prize Entry”


Manuscript Preparation - Postal Mail Submission:
The author’s name should appear only on a cover sheet. Printed manuscript should include a title, a complete list of contents, and any section or division headings.

The cover sheet should include the following:
  1. Author name
  2. Author contact, including mailing address, email address, phone number
  3. Title of manuscript
  4. Check or money order attached.
Mail Manuscript, Cover Sheet, and $25 fee (in one package) to:

Meadowlark Books
PO Box 333
Emporia, KS 66801

NOTE -- Manuscripts will NOT be returned.