Celebrating 40 years of the Juniper Prize

Dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience, the University of Massachusetts Press—in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers—awards yearly the Juniper Prize for Poetry and the Juniper Prize for Fiction.

The Juniper Literary Prize Series confers two prizes each for poetry and for fiction. For poetry, one prize recognizes a first publication. The second is open to previously published poets as well. For fiction, one prize recognizes a short story collection. The second prize recognizes a novel. Each of the four recipients will be awarded $1,000 and publication.

The Juniper Prize takes its name from Fort Juniper, the house that the poet Robert Francis (1901–1987) built by hand in the woods in western Massachusetts. When UMass Press launched the Juniper Prize for Poetry in 1975, we were one of the first university presses to publish contemporary poetry. We introduced the Juniper Prize for Fiction in 2004 to honor outstanding literary fiction.

Our prize-winning poets include Lucille Clifton, Lynda Hull, Richard Jackson, and Arthur Vogelsang. Our prize-winning fiction writers include Rod Val Moore, Andrew Malan Milward, Dwight Yates, and Lynn Lurie. Please click for the full Juniper Prize for Poetry series, and for the full Juniper Prize for Fiction series.

The Juniper Literary Series is open for submissions annually from August 1 through September 30. All submissions are judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets.  

The sky is on fire with blue
And wind keeps ringing, ringing the fire bell.
—from “Cold” by Robert Francis

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The Juniper Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to two original manuscripts of poems. One prize will recognize a first publication. The second prize will be open to previously published poets as well as poets who have not yet published a book of poetry. University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication.

Submissions will only be accepted between August 1 and September 30. The entry fee is $30. All manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

Electronic submission guidelines

1. Manuscript files must be between 50 and 70 pages (12-point Times New Roman preferred) with the pages numbered consecutively. Acceptable file types are doc, docx, rtf, and odt.

2. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

3. Include a table of contents page in the manuscript file.

4. Enter the following required information in the Supplemental Material field on the submission page:

a.  Title, page count, publisher, and year of publication of any previously published books.

b. List of acknowledgments for poems in the manuscript that have been published or are slated for publication in literary journals and/or anthologies.

To submit online:

1. Log in or register for a free Submittable account. Click the submit button below. Please note that your contact information will not be visible to the judges.

2. Enter your payment information for the $30 submission fee.

3. Enter the title of your manuscript.

4. Enter the required Supplemental Material.

5. Attach and upload your manuscript file.

You may view your submission activity or withdraw your submission at any time by logging in to your Submittable account.

Ineligible submissions

1. Manuscripts by more than one author.

2. Entries of more than one manuscript within the same year (multiple submissions not allowed).

3. Translations.

4. Manuscripts from employees and students of the University of Massachusetts, and former Juniper Prize winners.  

5. Chapbooks will not be accepted.

The winner will be notified by the end of March 2016 and an announcement will be placed at UMass Press’s website in early April, with publication slated for the following Spring. No information about the winner will be released before the April announcement, and the Press will not be able to provide feedback on manuscripts submitted for the competition.

If you have questions about the competition, please contact competition coordinator, Karen Fisk, kfisk@umpress.umass.edu.

Ends on 9/30/2016$ 30.00
$ 30.00

The Juniper Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to two original manuscripts of fiction: one short fiction and one novel. University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication.

Competition guidelines

Submissions will only be only accepted between August 1 and September 30, 2016. The entry fee is $30, and all manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a distinguished writer of fiction. The award winner will be announced at our website in April 2016, with publication slated for the following Spring. 

Eligibility

1. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. citizens. Employees and students of the University of Massachusetts are not eligible for the award.

2. Novels, novellas, and collections of stories are all eligible. Work that has previously appeared in magazines, in whole or in part, may be included, but should be so identified on the cover sheet.

3. Manuscripts must be at least 150 pages and no longer than 350 pages.

Submission guidelines

1. Manuscript files must be typed double-spaced in 12-point type (preferably Times New Roman), with pages numbered consecutively. Acceptable file types are doc, docx, rtf, and odt.

2. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

3. Log in or register for a free Submittable account. Please note that your contact information will not be visible to the judges.

4. Enter the title of your manuscript.

5. Attach and upload your manuscript file.

6. Enter the following required information in the Supplemental Material field on the submission page: title, page count, publisher, and year of publication of any previously published books.

7. Enter your payment information for the $30 submission fee.

You may view your submission activity or withdraw your submission at any time by logging in to your Submittable account.