Up North Poetry Prize

Win $500 + Publication / Poetry / October 1 – December 15

2018 Judge: Kai Carlson-wee

Contest Guidelines:

  • Open to anyone with ties to or writing about the Midwest.

  • Submit up to three poems (no more than 10 pages).

  • All work will be considered for inclusion in Up North Lit.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if the work we are considering has been accepted elsewhere.

  • Winner and finalists to be published in Up North Lit.

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.

  • This contest will be judged blindly, so please include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information only in Submittable and not on the manuscript itself.

  • Submit your work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.

  • Previous prize winners, close friends of the judge, as well as close friends or family of Up North Lit editors, staff, and readers are prohibited from submitting.

  • $10 entry fee to submit.


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Kai Carlson-Wee, 2018 judge

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail (BOA Editions, 2018). He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and The Missouri Review, which awarded him the 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine, and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, has screened at film festivals across the country. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and is a lecturer at Stanford University.