West Trade Review Prize for Poetry
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Contest opens January 15, 2024 and concludes at end of day March 15, 2024. Each entry includes a copy of the Spring 2023 print edition. 

Grand prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2025 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  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.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. Up to three poems 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.


  • One submission per entry fee of $15 (up to three poems per submission).  Entry fee includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition. 
  • Poet may submit up to three poems. Author is allowed multiple entries.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Please submit up to three poem per entry in a single Microsoft Word file and list the title of each poem as the submission title in Submittable.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12-point font size.
  • Must include a title for each 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.

$1000 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-April 2024 and then published in the 2025 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 ($15 Entry Fee, $1000 prize)."
Brian Turner is the author of five collections of poetry (from Here, Bullet to The Wild Delight of Wild Things) and a memoir (My Life as a Foreign Country) and is the editor of The Kiss and co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres anthologies. A musician, he has also written and recorded several albums with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team, including 11 11 (Me Smiling) and The Retro Legion's American Undertow. His poems and essays have been published in The New York TimesThe GuardianNational Geographic, and Harper’s, among other fine journals, and he was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his dog, Dene, the world’s sweetest golden retriever.  Visit his website  or follow him on X or on IG @turners_lens. 
2024 Contest Judge:  Brian Turner

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