West Trade Review Prize for Poetry
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Submit Now.  Deadline is end of day May 31st. Each entry also includes a copy of the spring 2022 print edition.


  • This contest is open only to emerging writers only who have not yet published a book with a print run over 1,500.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.
  • Poems that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible. 
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One poem per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but work previously accepted or published in West Trade Review is ineligible.
  • Please withdraw your submission and notify West Trade Review if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with West Trade Review can enter the contest.


  • Entry fee is $10 for each individual poem (one poem per entry), with no limit per author, and includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition. 
  • A submission is one original poem.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Please submit one poem per entry in a single Microsoft Word file and list the title of your poem as the submission title in Submittable.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12-point font size.
  • Include your title with your poem.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judge will only consider poem quality.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 

​Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.

$500 and publication in West Trade Review will be awarded to the winning poem.  Other entries of merit may be considered for publication. The winning poem will be announced on our website and social media platforms mid-June 2022 and then published in the 2023 spring print issue of West Trade Review.

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To be considered for the prize, submissions must be uploaded to the proper folder titled,"West Trade Review Prize for Poetry ($10 Entry Fee, $500 prize)."



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Kemi Alabi is the author of AGAINST HEAVEN (Graywolf Press, 2022), selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2021 Academy of American Poets First Book Award. Their poems and essays appear in The AtlanticPoetryBoston Review, Catapult, Guernica, them., the BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2, Best New Poets 2019, and elsewhere. 
Selected by Chen Chen as winner of the 2020 Beacon Street Poetry Prize, Kemi has received Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Brittle Paper Award nominations along with support from MacDowell, Civitella Ranieri, Tin House and Pink Door. 

Kemi believes in the world-shifting power of words and the radical imaginations of Black queer and trans people. As cultural strategy director of Forward Together, they built political power with cultural workers of color through programs like Echoing Ida, a home for Black women and nonbinary writers, and annual art campaigns like Trans Day of Resilience. The Echoing Ida Collection, coedited with Cynthia R. Greenlee and Janna Zinzi, is available now from Feminist Press.

Born in Wisconsin on a Sunday in July, Kemi now lives in Chicago, IL
Contest Judge:  Kemi Alabi