Thank you to our previous contest judges:

2020 –  Richard Blanco – Presidential Inaugural and award-winning poet 2019 –  Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island
2018 –   Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winner
2017 –   Lisa Starr, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island
2016 –   Tom Chandler, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island.

Contest Guidelines:

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry in all styles. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents, single-spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font and not exceeding 60 lines or 66 characters per line (includes spaces and punctuation).  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 1-3 months. 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.  Please notify us of your work’s acceptance promptly. We appreciate it.  Poets wishing to withdraw poems under consideration by Crosswinds must do so within 30 days following the submission deadline. 

Please Include:

  • Name as you want it to appear in the journal.
  • Postal mailing address
  • Titles for each poem


Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than 60 days following the submission deadline. Contest winners and finalists agree to allow Crosswinds to publish their names on this website, an other platforms of announcement.

Please Note:

We receive a large number of poems and carefully review all submissions.  We do our best to respond within six weeks following the submission deadline. Three  winners and seven additional finalists will be announced no later than 10 weeks following the deadline.

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

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