2018 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.


Our Judge:

Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is also the founder and director of  Writers-in-the Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including  The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat and The Common. She also produces, with Atticus Allen, the podcast, Poetry Dose.

Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008),  Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016) and Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Reading Fees:

$20 for each submission of up to three poems. Two submissions 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. Poets wishing to withdraw contest poems under consideration by Crosswinds must do so prior to the announcement of the 3 award winners and 15 honorable mentions, on or about March 1st following the December 31st submission deadline.

How to Submit:

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry with few restrictions as to form or content. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents. No PDF files please. Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem. We very strongly prefer poems of no more than 60 lines, as part of our mission is to publish as many poets as possible. 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 nearly always be turned down as it requires us to alter your line breaks and ask you to resubmit the poem for consideration.

Please Include:

  • Name
  • Postal mailing address
  • Titles for each poem
  • Brief bio of not more than 120 words. We and our readers enjoy learning just a bit about you beyond your publishing credits, so keep your “publishing resume” to what you consider highlights. That said, telling us about yourself is optional. We judge only the poems.


Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than March 10th of each year following the contest deadline. Contest winners and the fifteen 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 1st for poems submitted during the later periods of our reading period.  Contest results will be posted by March 1st.

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:
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