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William Matthews Poetry Prize/ How to Apply ($1250 + More)

William Mathews Poetry Prize byAsheville Poetry Review. Asheville Poetry Review is an esteemed annual literary journal committed to showcasing the beauty of poetry, interviews, translations, essays, historical perspectives, and book reviews.

As part of their commitment to celebrating outstanding poetry, they present the William Matthews Poetry Prize.

Since their inception in 1994, they have been honored to feature the works of over 1800 writers. Both emerging and established, hailing from 22 countries.

Their pages have embraced literary luminaries such as Robert Bly, Patricia Smith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joy Harjo, and many more. Evolving from a regional focus to an international presence, Asheville Poetry Review now graces major bookstores. These are in the U.S. and Canada, as well as independent bookstores across continents.


Eligibility for the Contest

  • Submission Periods: They invite submissions during two distinct periods – September 15 to January 15 for the William Matthews Poetry Prize and January 15 to July 15 for regular submissions.
  •  Digital Submission: All submissions must be sent digitally via their Submittable platform, streamlining the process for both contributors and the editorial team.


Submission Guidelines for William Mathews Poetry Prize

To participate in the William Matthews Poetry Prize, adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit three poems in a single file, embracing any style, subject, or length that resonates with your artistic expression.
  • Only original, unpublished works are eligible. Previous publications and translations are not accepted.
  • Simultaneous Submissions: While they welcome simultaneous submissions, prompt notification is essential if a poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: Ensure your submissions are sent in by January 15, 2024, marking the culmination of this inspiring contest.
  • All submissions for the William Matthews Poetry Prize must be sent conveniently through the Submittable platform, facilitating a seamless and efficient process.
  • More so, at Asheville Poetry Review, they celebrate the richness of poetic voices, and they eagerly anticipate the wealth of creativity this contest will unveil.



  • First Prize: $1,000 and the honor of publication in Asheville Poetry Review
  • Second Prize: $250 and publication
  • Third Prize: Recognition through publication


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