2020 Crosswinds Poetry Contest.

First Prize: $1,000 and publication.

Second Prize: $250 and publication.

Third Prize:  $100 and publication.

Reading Period:  July 1st – Dec. 31st.

Note: As part of our continuing mission, 10% of contest submission fees will be donated to a Rhode Island non-profit agency. Last year, we donated over $500 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and have donated over $1,400 to non-profits, primarily the Food Bank.


Our Judge: 

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid and immigrated to the United States as an infant with his Cuban-exile family. He was raised in Miami and earned a BS in civil engineering and MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer, and poet since 1991. His collections of poetry include City of a Hundred Fires (1998), which won the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize; Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), winner of the PEN/American Beyond Margins Award, Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), winner of the Thom Gunn Award, the Maine Literary Award, and the Patterson Prize; One Today (2013); Boston Strong (2013); and How to Love a Country (2019).
In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States. Blanco performed “One Today,” an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, an openly gay writer to hold the honor. The poem was published in book form as One Today with drawings by Dav Pilkey in 2015.

Reading Fees:

$20 for each submission of up to three poems. If you send more than three poems in one submission by mistake, we will read only the first three. Two submissions of up to three poems are allowed but require two separate reading fees.


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. It helps us a great deal if you inform us of publication elsewhere ASAP.  Poets wishing to withdraw poems under consideration by Crosswinds must do so prior to the December 31st deadline.

How to Submit & Poet Biographies

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry with  few restrictions as to form or content. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents, using 12 point Times New Roman. No PDF files please. Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem. We will not consider poems over 60 lines. Please keep in mind our formatting limit of sixty-six characters per line, which includes letters, punctuation, and spaces. Poems exceeding sixty six characters (based on 12 point font) will not be considered. Please include a brief 120 words or less biography, written in third person. Feel free to say a few things about yourself unrelated to publication credits IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED. We judge only the poems.

Please Include:

  • Name as you want it to appear in the journal.
  • Postal mailing address
  • Titles for each poem
  • Brief bio of not more than 120 words, written in third person. Please keep your “publishing resume” to what you consider highlights. Feel free to add any website or contact information.


Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than March 25th of each year following the contest deadline. Contest winners and the  honorable mentions agree to allow Crosswinds to publish their names on this website, in other forms of advertising, and in Poets and Writers Magazine.

Please Note:

We receive a large number of poems and carefully review all submissions. We do our best to respond within 3 months. Final decisions on publication will be made by February 15th for poems submitted during the later periods of our reading period.  We appreciate your patience as we receive thousands of poems during the reading period. Contest results will be posted by March 10th. Poets whose work appears in Crosswinds will receive one contributor’s copy.

Thank you for supporting Crosswinds with your work.
Dave Dragone

Please use the form below to submit your poems. Poets whose work appears in Crosswinds will receive one contributor’s copy: . submit