Kore Press Institute Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,500, publication and promotion by Kore Press, and 20 author copies will be given for an original, unpublished full-length poetry collection by a woman, transgender or gender non-conforming poet writing in English. Poets can be at any point in their career. Open Submissions is currently closed.
The Kore Press Open Submissions period allows the Press to consider for a publication a wide variety of writing outside of any contest. Submissions in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, hybrid, and cultural criticism are reviewed, and selections are made by a group of diverse, accomplished writers. 2019 Open Submissions manuscripts selected for publication are: Wave Says, poetry by K.M. English, and Head Case, a memoir by Alexis Orgera. Click here for the Open Submissions guidelines. Open Submissions is currently closed.
First Book Award for Poetry
The Kore Press First Book Award is for a poetry manuscript in English by a woman who has not yet published a full-length book. The winner receives $1500 plus publication. $28 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Robin Coste Lewis and the winner is July Westhale for Trailer Trash. Click here for full contest guidelines. Contest is currently closed.
Short Fiction Award
The Kore Press Short Fiction Award is for a single short story in English by a woman. The winner receives $1250 plus a limited edition chapbook and e-publication. $20 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Edwidge Dandicat and the winner is Leticia Del Toro for her story “Café Colima.” Click here for full contest guidelines. Contest is currently closed.
The Kore Press Memoir Award is for a memoir, or memoir-in-essays, written in English by a woman. The winner receives $1000 plus publication. $27.50 reading fee. The 2016 judge was Lidia Yuknavitch and the winner was Ming Holden for her memoir Refuge. The 2018 judge was Cheryl Strayed, and the winner is Candace Opper for Certain and Impossible Events . Click here for full contest guidelines. The contest is currently closed.