The 2022 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

Winner Receives $10,000 ADVANCE + PUBLICATION

Established in 1998, The X. J. Kennedy Prize highlights one full-length collection of poetry per year.


Submissions open each year on July 1 and close on September 30.

General Guidelines

  • A fee of $28 must be paid at the time of submission.
  • Open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible.
  • The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize is not a first book prize, though we welcome first books. The Prize is open to poets at any stage of their career.
  • There are no formal restrictions for this prize; we welcome manuscripts of any style/form.
  • Poems may have been published individually in magazines or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify TRP immediately by withdrawing the manuscript via Submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Current and former students and faculty of Sam Houston State University are not eligible. Family members or former students of the final judge are not eligible.
  • Submissions are accepted through Submittable only.

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be between 50 and 100 pages in length.
  • Please include a table of contents, title page, and page numbers.
  • Do not include an acknowledgments page.
  • No more than one poem per page.
  • Submissions are judged blind. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript.
  • Submit as a .pdf, .docx, or .doc file format.
  • No revisions will be accepted once the manuscript is uploaded.

Recent Winners

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