We aim to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, novel, or collection of any type. We aim to showcase writers based on the merit of their work, rather than the prestige behind their name, so submissions will be read entirely blind. We don't believe in reading or entry fees, so entries for the awards are free (though we do have optional tip jar submissions!). Additionally, we believe that writers deserve to be paid for their work, so we've allotted a cash prize of $250 for the award winners.
What We're Looking For
"I love stories that showcase characters' humanity, that show good people doing terrible things, villains doing good, or stories with characters that aren't quite villains or heroes, but much more complex. I look for stories and essays that surprise me, take risks, break rules. I'm a prose stylist, so I'm always looking for prose that is playful, a story or essay with rhythm. I want to read a good story, but I also want to hear it sing."
Jaquira Díaz, Prose Judge
"There are as many ways to excite in poetry as there are words. No subject is wrong and no syntax is sin. I am drawn to poems that risk their own collapse in the hopes of asking the difficult, deeper question. Poems where the only hero is language itself."
Ocean Vuong, Poetry Judge
The Submissions Process
Each submission will be reviewed thoroughly and blindly by a minimum of three WTR readers. Feedback will be sent to any writer who requests it. The pieces that our readers love will be forwarded to the judges. Both judges will review the pieces blindly as well, then create a short list of four finalists and one award winner. The finalists and award winner will receive notification of their award in late June. The winners will be publicly announced on July 1st, 2015.
All award winners and finalists will be published in a digital anthology, available for free on the WTR website in July of 2015.
The two award winners will receive a box filled with a small trophy, (gently used) books, (never used) cookies, and a check for $250, as well as a one-year subscription to Winter Tangerine Review.
All finalists receive our kudos and a one-year subscription to WTR.
The Boring, but Necessary Stuff
• Submissions will be accepted of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, collection, or novel.
• Writers may submit up to four poems (totaling no more than eight pages), and/or two pieces of prose (totaling no more than twelve pages). Writers may submit one entry in both categories.
• All work submitted for the Winter Tangerine Awards will be considered for publication in Winter Tangerine Review.
• Your submission should be Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12. Prose should be double spaced, poetry should be single spaced. Please title your submission as the title of your piece(s). Please put no more than one poem on each page.
• The submission portal will be open from April 1st to June 1st.
• Submissions will be accepted through Submittable, only. Any submission sent through email will be deleted unread.
• No identifying information (name, email address, phone number, etc) is allowed in the document uploaded to Submittable.
• Simultaneous submissions are allowed but not preferable.