The 2017 Mill Prize for Poetry Submission Guidelines:

–Entrants must be 18 or older, reside, work, or attend school in the Fox Cities (within a 25 mile radius of Appleton) or participants in Mill Classes, past or present. 

–Submissions will be accepted no earlier than August 15 and no later than September 23, 2017.

ONLY ONE submission of up to TWO poems each will be accepted. Keep copies of your poems; all entries will be recycled. No individual poem may be longer than ONE page, single-spaced, in a common font like Times New Roman. The font may be no smaller than 12-point. 

— All work must be original and previously unpublished (in print or online. A personal blog is considered a publication, as is Facebook or other social media.) are not eligible. Any style or theme is welcome. Authors will retain all rights to their work

–Email submissions accepted only. Send to as a single document attachment saved in Word (doc or docx or pdf or rtf file). Do not paste poems into the body of the email.

–The poet’s name or address may not appear anywhere on the poems. Poems must be accompanied by a separate cover letter bearing the poem titles, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

–The judge will select one winner who will receive a $300 prize. The judge may also select one finalist and one honorable mention.

–Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on October 10 at the Neenah Public Library. Winners will be announced at the event.


Final judge is Abayomi Animashaun, a Nigerian émigré, who came to the United States in the mid 1990s. He holds an MFA from the International Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a PhD from the University of Kansas. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Abayo is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.     


Contact Karla Huston  with questions. Good luck!

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