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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 Send unpublished poems, 2,000 words max.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. If by regular “snail mail” post: 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: electronic submissions are NOT currently accepted.

We are now accepting online submissions via Submittable! Click the button below to visit our Submittable page.

(And yes, you can also still submit via regular “snail mail” post! See below for mailing address, and note that all reading fees — by check or money order — should be made out to Literal Latté and included with your entry manuscript.)

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Literal Latté Awards

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

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Literal Latte Poetry Award Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

Spring 2015 Issue

A Young Person’s Guide to Philosophy: I Think Therefore I Am, A Round-Up By Barbara Ungar

Second Prize, 2014 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
 
    Thales said the world floats like a log on endless water.
All things are full of gods.
                        Anaximander said we evolved from fish…

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 1 Response
Spring 2015 Issue

The World Recast by Flash Cards By Donald Levering

First Prize, 2014 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
And when I came to
in that blasted wilderness
blurry and paralyzed
I had no words for who or where I was….

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 2 Responses
Spring 2015 Issue

Relics By June Blumenson

Third Prize, 2014 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
After
she was in the ground,
sent off to,
god knows where,
we returned to the house…

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 10 Responses
Fall 2014 Issue

Danse Macabre By Susan Thomas

First Prize, 2014 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Again, the raccoons got it all, the corn,
frilly and long-limbed, so full of silken
rattle in the sideways-shifting wind….

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 1 Response
Fall 2014 Issue

Dinner in the Branicki Palace By Susan Thomas

First Prize, 2014 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
We stroll under beech trees,
all elegance and pleasure,
our fat babies in their lacy
bonnets, their fancy prams
just the same as Polish babies….

Posted in Poetry | Tagged , | 2 Responses
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 , | 5 Responses
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 , | 3 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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