Noemi Press Book Awards
Contest submissions are now open until May 1, 2020.
Guidelines for Submissions
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for one book-length poetry collection and one book-length work of prose.
The editors will judge.
POETRY: Poets at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript of no more than 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 1.
PROSE: Prose writers at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript (no page limit) with a $25 entry fee by May 1.
All manuscripts are read anonymously. Strip your manuscript of all identifying material, including title pages, dedications, and acknowledgements; otherwise, the manuscript will not be considered.
Contest winners will be announced in summer 2020.
Contest News and Previous Winners
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners and finalists for the 2017 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry.
Winner: UNMANNED by Jessica Rae Bergamino
We will be also publishing Inland Empire by Leah Huizar
Orient by Nicholas Gulig
Ochre/Orpheus by Meredith Stricker
Bodega by Su Hwang
STET by Dora Malech
We Are Too Big for This House by Sara Borias
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners and finalists for the 2017 Noemi Press Award in Prose.
Winner: The Itch by Kate Colby
Lyrebird by Meredith Clark
Fluid States by Heidi Czerwiec
Beast Grief by Marie Conlan
Echo Park by Ryan Ridge
Body/Language by Anne Riesenberg
NoNo by Jenny Wu
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2016 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry.
Winner: Indictus by Natalie Eilbert
Finalist: Careen by Grace Shuyi Liew
We will be also publishing Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime by Chaun Webster and A Problem and Some Space by Hannah Ensor
The Devil’s Workshop by Xavier Cavazos
Hagia Animalia by Sara Biggs Chaney
Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Leaving Impulse by Rachel Martin
Manipur by Robin McLachlen
The Historians of Redundant Moments: Novel in Poems by Nandini Dhar
Northern Ledger by Kate Partridge
Probable Garden by Bronwen Tate
Saints and Cannibals by Robert Lunday
Winter Swimmers by Carolyn DeCarlo
Woman, Yielding by Andrea Blancas Beltran
un/documented—kentucky—songs by Steven Alvarez
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2016 Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction.
Winner: The Ladies by Sara Veglahn
Finalist: The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven by Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
There Are Other People In The Dark, Though by Michael Shelichach
TSK by Caroline Picard
Partners And Strangers by Michael Don
Trouble Will Save You by David Crouse
Polyester Vocabulary by jill darling
The Perception of Partially Occluded Objects by Stephen Tuttle
The Moon Below by Nathan Oates
When The Time Came by Gabriel Houck
Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire by Tim Jones-Yelvington
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry. We received about 400 poetry submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work.
Bone Confetti by Muriel Leung
Natality by E. G. Means
MOUTHS by Claire Marie Stancek
We will also be publishing finalist Vanessa Villarreal’s manuscript Beast Meridian in the Akrilica series.
They Go In Pairs by Samuel Ace
Arcadia, Indiana (a tragedy) by Toby Altman
You Can Take It Out by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
Red of Split Water-A Burial Rite by Lisa Donovan
Century Worm by Todd Fredson
Actual Echo by Matthew Mahaney
A Turkish Dictionary by Andrew Wessels
The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction. We received about 300 fiction submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work.
Uncountry: A Mythology by Yanara Friedland
A Manual for Nothing by Jessica Anne Chiang
Gary Oldman Is A Building You Must Walk Through by Forrest Roth
Patchwork: Stories by Cynthia Hawkins
Waters to Swim in Before We Die by Meredith Luby
ANSWERING MACHINE: a novel out loud by Edward Herring
The Rolodex Happenings by Dennis James Sweeney
Project MADAM by Evelyn Hampton
A More Active You by Meagan Cass
These Are Our Demands by Matthew Pitt
Dear friends and followers of Noemi,
We had a banner year with our fiction and poetry contests! We received 251 submissions for fiction and 363 submissions for poetry. We’d like to thank all contest entrants for trusting us with their work.
Finalist for the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction
- Catapult by Emily Fridlund
- A Fragmentary Study of the Animals by Colleen Hollister
- Family Album by Jason Snyder
- Beasts You’ll Never See by Nate Liederbach
- Dead Letter by Jocelyn Saidenberg
The winner is Beasts You’ll Never See by Nate Liederbach. Nate will receive $1000 and publication of his collection in Fall 2015. We will also publish A Fragmentary Study of the Animals by Colleen Hollister; her book will be published in Spring 2016.
The winner of the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry is Objects of Attention by Aichlee Bushnell. Aichlee will receive $1000 and publication of her collection in Fall 2015. We will also publish Sister by Steven Karl; his book will be published in Spring 2016.
Finalists for the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry:
- The Derelict Daughter by Brittney Scott
- NOS by Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang
- Sister by Steven Karl
- Simple Machines by Barbara Duffey
- Actual Echo by Matthew Mahaney
- A Turkish Dictionary by Andrew Wessels
- Objects of Attention by Aichlee Bushnell
- Sweet Insurgent by Elyse Fenton
- If You Love Error So Love Zero by Stephanie Anderson
Congratulations to Ruth Ellen Kocher, whose manuscript, Ending in Planes, is the winner of the 2013 Noemi Book Award for Poetry.
We will also be publishing Danielle Vogel’s Between Grammars and Ryo Yamaguchi’s The Refusal of Suitors.
Finalists for the 2013 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry:
- A Civilization by Fred Muratori
- We Are a System of Ghosts by Lindsay Tigue
- Ending in Planes by Ruth Ellen Kocher
- So Sorry by Kara Candito
- The Refusal of Suitors by Ryo Yamaguchi
- Good Morning! by Hugh Behm-Steinberg
- What the Sun Thought by Laura Carter
- Between Grammars by Danielle Vogel
- The Halfbreed by Chloe Garcia Roberts
- PINE by Molly Sutton-Kiefer
Congratulations to Caren Beilin, whose manuscript, The University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2013 Noemi Book Award for Fiction.
We will also be publishing Her 37th Year, an Index by Suzanne Scanlon.
Finalists for the 2013 Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction:
- MOVIEOLA! by John Domini
- Rats That Will Eat You by Adam Kaplan
- Cockpuncher by Zach Powers
- The University of Pennsylvania by Caren Beilin
- Doom Town and Other Stories by Wendell Mayo
- Her 37th Year, an Index by Suzanne Scanlon
- Out of Which Came Nothing by Laurie Blauner
- The Devil and the Dairy Princess by Pedro Ponce
- Liner Notes by James Brubaker
- In No Strange Land by Joe Milazzo