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Poetry Awards

Literal Latté
Poetry Awards

  • First Prize
    $1000
  • Second Prize
    $300
  • Third Prize
    $200

Contest Guidelines

  1. Send unpublished poems, 2,000 words max. All styles welcome.
  2. Postmark by July 15th.
  3. Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  4. Include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or Email Address for reply.
  5. Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 6 poems — OR —
    $15 Reading Fee for set of 10 poems.
  6. All entries considered for publication.

All currency above given in US dollars.

Remember: email submissions are NOT currently accepted.

All reading fees (by check or money order)
should be made out to
Literal Latté
and mailed with entry manuscripts to

Literal Latté Awards
200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532

Literal Latte Poetry Award Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

Spring 2014 Issue

Going to Bed By Jed Myers

First Prize, 2013 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
These nights I slip down into sleep
in minutes, freed from a lifelong
ritual, the slow obsessive surrender
of my vigilance….

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 1 Response
Winter 2013 Issue

Force By Teresa Leo

Third Prize, 2012 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
I ask my husband, ever the literalist,
if he missed me before he knew me…

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 2 Responses
Winter 2013 Issue

Birding by Ear By Susan Cohen

First Prize, 2012 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
We’re mostly couples of that age when people start
to wonder what they’ve missed,
and set out to find it evenings…

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 4 Responses
Winter 2013 Issue

A Kite, A Frame, A Tail By Gregory Loselle

Second Prize, 2012 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Consider how a kite struck from the sky
collapses on itself and creases up
in flight: a battered bird, a broken hand…

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Winter 2013 Issue

Freefall By Susan Cohen

First Prize, 2012 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
He plans to plummet
from the edge of space.
Freefall. Rainfall. Whirlwind….

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Winter 2012 Issue

Edie Watches the Tsunami from her Bed at Life Care Rehabilitation Center in Las Vegas, March 2011 By Paige Riehl

First Prize, 2011 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Through the window was the concrete parking lot. Cars
came and went as if the drivers couldn’t decide….

Posted in Poetry | 5 Responses
Spring 2011 Issue

Maria By Adam Chambers

First Prize, 2010 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Much came into the clay that was not intended:
the round bottom and the quivering lip;
the hollowness of years…

Posted in Poetry | 1 Response
Spring 2011 Issue

Arched Angels By Adam Chambers

First Prize, 2010 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
The last thing that I wrote, the last
thing I will ever write
about mushrooms…

Posted in Poetry | 2 Responses
Spring 2010 Issue

Please Submit A Brief Bio By Marian Kaplun Shapiro

Third Prize, 2009 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
I have a who singing silently to your who singing
silently to my who, whoever and whomever

Posted in Poetry | 1 Response
Spring 2010 Issue

Paperboy By Melanie McCabe

Second Prize, 2009 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
At twelve, I could only see the seventeen-year-old boy
as a gift. A fluke from God [...]

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 4 Responses
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