2018 Submission Guidelines

Deadline: October 1, 2018
Final Judge: Peter Everwine
Award: $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is open to any poet writing in English. We are accepting original, previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscripts that are 48-80 pages in length, with no more than one poem per page. Please read the complete guidelines (.doc, 42 KB) before submitting your manuscript. Submissions are accepted July 2, 2018 to October 1, 2018 only.

Visit our Submittable page to submit your manuscript online. The online entry fee is $28.

The postal mail entry fee is $25, and checks should be made payable to "Fresno State -- Levine Prize." To submit your manuscript via postal mail, you can send it to:
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
Fresno State, Dept of English
5245 N. Backer Ave. PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

Questions? Please contact the contest coordinator, Corrinne Clegg Hales, or contact the Levine Prize staff. Phone: 559.278.1569.

About our 2018 final judge 

everwineA note from contest coordinator Corrinne Clegg Hales:

The Fresno State MFA program is deeply saddened that our friend, the poet Peter Everwine, passed away Oct. 28. The poet C. G. Hanzlicek, a close friend and colleague of Peter's for more than 50 years, has generously offered to step in as final judge for the 2018 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest. We plan to announce a winner on schedule, in early January 2019.

Peter Everwine’s most recent books are the chapbook A Small Clearing (Aureole Press), and the collections From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems and Listening Long and Late (University of Pittsburgh Press). His honors include the Lamont Award, two Pushcart prizes, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He taught at California State University, Fresno, and has been a Fulbright senior lecturer in American Poetry at the University of Haifa, Israel.