Call for Submission: 2018 Crosswinds Poetry Contest

The Crosswinds Poetry Journal is looking for submissions for the 2018 Crosswinds Poetry Contest, judged this year by Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island. Submissions are being accepted until December 31, 2018.

This year’s prizes are:

  • First Prize: $1,000 and publication.
  • Second Prize: $250 and publication.
  • Third Prize:  $100 and publication.


About the Judge

Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is also the founder and director of  Writers-in-the Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including  The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat and The Common. She also produces, with Atticus Allen, the podcast, Poetry Dose.

Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008),  Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016) and Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


Reading Fees

$20 for each submission of up to three poems. Two submissions are allowed but require two separate reading fees.



Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but the entry fee is non-refundable should the submitted work be accepted elsewhere. Poets wishing to withdraw poems under consideration by Crosswinds must do so prior to the December 31st deadline.


How to Submit

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry with few restrictions as to form or content. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents. No PDF files, please. Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem. We very strongly prefer poems of no more than 60 lines, as part of our mission is to publish as many poets as possible. Please keep in mind our formatting limit of sixty-six characters per line, which includes letters, punctuation, and spaces. Poems exceeding sixty-six characters (based on 12 point font) will nearly always be turned down as it requires us to alter your line breaks and ask you to resubmit the poem for consideration.

Click here for more information on submitting to the 2018 Crosswinds Poetry Contest