2017 Submission Guidelines

Deadline: September 30, 2017
Final Judge: C. G. Hanzlicek
Award: $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is open to any poet writing in English. We are accepting original, previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscripts that are 48-80 pages in length, with no more than one poem per page. Please read the complete guidelines (.doc, 42 KB) before submitting your manuscript. Submissions are accepted July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017 only.

Visit our Submittable page to submit your manuscript online. The online entry fee is $28.

The postal mail entry fee is $25, and checks should be made payable to "Fresno State -- Levine Prize." To submit your manuscript via postal mail, you can send it to:
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
Fresno State Dept of English
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

Questions? Please contact the contest coordinator, Corrinne Clegg Hales, or contact the Levine Prize staff. Phone: 559.278.1569.

hanzlicekAbout our 2017 final judge 

C. G. Hanzlicek was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1942. He is the author of nine books of poetry: Living in It, Stars (winner of the 1977 Devins Award for Poetry), Calling the Dead, A Dozen for Leah, When There Are No Secrets, Mahler: Poems and Etchings, Against Dreaming, The Cave: Selected and New Poems, and, most recently, The Lives of Birds. He has translated Native American Songs, A Bird’s Companion, and poems from the Czech, Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan, which won the Robert Payne Award from the Columbia University Translation Center in 1985. In the summer of 2001, he retired from California State University, Fresno, where he taught for 35 years and was for most of those years the director of the Creative Writing Program.