Poetry Contest Information:

Reading Period: Nov. 1st – Dec. 31st, 2020.

We’re pleased to let you know we’ve raised our awards to $1,750  this year:

$1,000 , $500 and $250.

We also were grateful for the generosity of those who could afford to make a donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Feeding America in 2020.  We hope everyone is well and staying safe in these difficult times.

Contest Guidelines:

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry in all styles. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents, (preferred) or PDF, using 12 point Times New Roman. Poems exceeding 60 single-spaced lines, or 30 double-spaced lines, (includes stanza breaks) or poems that exceed our maximum allowed 66 characters per-line (includes spaces and punctuation) will NOT be considered.  Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem from consideration.  Please include a biography of 100 words or fewer, written in third person.

Reading fees are $20 for each submission of up to three poems. Reports in 2-3 months. Two submissions of up to three poems are allowed but require two separate reading fees. Please do not send more than three poems in each submission as we will only read the first three. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but the entry fee is non-refundable should the submitted work be accepted elsewhere.  Please notify us of your work’s acceptance promptly. Poets wishing to withdraw one or more poems under consideration by Crosswinds must do so within 30 days following the submission deadline. Please let us know through submittable which poems we may still consider. Thanks.

We strongly discourage postal submissions, but will consider them in unusual circumstances.

Please Include:

  • Name as you want it to appear in the journal.
  • Postal mailing address
  • Titles for each poem
  • Biography of 100 words or less, written in third person.


The winning poet will receive $1,000.00 with $500.00 and $250.00 awarded for second and third place respectively. Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than March 30th following the poetry contest deadline. Contest winners and finalists agree to allow Crosswinds to publish their names on this website, and other platforms.

Payment is two contributor copies for the winners and finalists and one contributor copy for the remaining authors.

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut, will judge this year’s contest.

MARGARET GIBSON, current State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 12 books of poems, all from LSU Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, 2018. A new book, The Glass Globe, is forthcoming in 2021.  AWARDS include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon, her second book, 1982; the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future, (1986), and the Connecticut Book Award for One Body, 2008.  The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993.  Broken Cup was a Finalist for 2016 Poets’ Prize, and the title poem from the book won a Pushcart Prize for that year.  “Passage,” from Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was included in The Best American Poetry, 2017.  She has written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, University of Missouri Press, 2008.  Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut.  She lives in Preston, CT.  For more information, visit her website:  www.margaretgibsonpoetry.com

As Connecticut State Poet Laureate (2019-2022) Margaret Gibson has been awarded an Academy of American Poets Grant for Poet Laureates.  The grant is intended both to support Gibson’s poetry and to allow her to fund various poetry projects from May 2020 to May 2021.  As Poet Laureate, Gibson has taken as her social focus “Poetry and the Environment during Climate Crisis” and is funding videos of Connecticut poets reading their poems about the environment in natural settings and “Green Poetry Cafes”—activities which are, during the COVID times, mostly taking place on video.  An anthology of CT poets writing about climate crisis will be published in April 2021.

Payment is two contributor copies for the winners and finalists and one contributor copy for the remaining authors.

Thank you for supporting Crosswinds.

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