Milkweed Editions publishes 18-20 books per year of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translation. We believe that literature has the potential to change the way we see the world, and that bringing new voices to essential conversations is the clearest path to ensuring a vibrant, diverse, and empowered future. To learn more about Milkweed Editions and the work we champion, read our story»


Milkweed Editions does not anticipate holding open submissions periods in 2018. We will make an announcement via our newsletter and update this page if plans change. If you submitted during any of our 2017 open submissions periods, you can check the status of your submission by logging into your Submittable account. 

Poetry Prizes

Milkweed Editions participates in the following annual poetry prizes, all of which include a cash prize and publication by Milkweed Editions:

  • JAKE ADAM YORK POETRY PRIZE: an annual prize for a first or second collection, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and Copper Nickel. The prize awards $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. Submissions to the prize were open from July 1–October 15, 2017. Please do not send manuscripts to Milkweed Editions—instead, please refer to Copper Nickel’s submission guidelines for complete details.
  • LINDQUIST & VENNUM PRIZE FOR POETRY: an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Established in 2011 with the aim of supporting outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and bringing their work to a national stage, the prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. The winner is selected from among five finalists by an independent judge. Submissions to the 2018 prize are open from January 3–February 15, 2018. Review complete guidelines to the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry»
  • MAX RITVO POETRY PRIZE: Designed to honor the legacy of one of the most original and accomplished poets to emerge in recent years—and to reward outstanding poets for years to come—the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize is the most lucrative first-book prize in the U.S. Presented in partnership with the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, the prize awards $10,000 and publication to the author of a debut collection of poems. Submissions to the 2017 prize were open from July 1–August 31, 2017. Review complete guidelines and submit to the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize»
  • NATIONAL POETRY SERIES: Milkweed Editions is one of five participating publishers in the National Poetry Series, which was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry. Five winners are selected each year, and each receives a prize of $10,000 and publication. Learn more and submit at