The Birdy Poetry Prize, by Meadowlark Books

About The Birdy Poetry Prize:
Meadowlark Books created The Birdy Poetry Prize to celebrate the voices of this era.

2019 Winner & Finalist List (announced 01/14/2019)
2020 Winner & Finalist List (announced 03/11/2020)
2021 Winner & Finalist List (announced 3/13/2021)

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Accepting Entries: September 1 - December 1, 2021

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1,000 cash, publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book 

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

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. Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history. 

Eligibility: (updated 8/9/2021)
Previous winners are NOT eligible to enter.
Previous Finalists ARE eligible to enter.


Manuscript Preparation

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the document. 
Manuscript should include:  
  • title of collection
  • any section or division headings, if desired
  • all poems to be included in the collection
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