The Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

Honoring Steve Kowit’s contributions to American Poetry

Open to any poet anywhere. Submissions open June 15th and close October 15th every year.

First Prize$1,000

Second Prize:  $250

Third Prize: $100

Honorable Mention:  No Cash Award

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be invited to read at the annual awards reception each April.

Winning and Honorable Mention poems will be published in the San Diego Poetry Annual each March.

The $15 entry fee includes a copy of the San Diego Poetry Annual in PDF or e-book format, available for free downloading to each entrant upon the announcement of the winners each February.

Steve Kowit Poetry Prize Guidelines

Submit one (1) previously unpublished poem (in English) and a 50-word biography.

Do not submit poems that imitate Steve Kowit’s work.

Do not submit the poem you sent to other publications.   (No simultaneous submissions)

Do not put your name on your poem.  This is a blind judging process.

Submit one poem per entry.  You can submit as many entries as you desire.

Pay the $15 entry fee:  the entire entry fee is a tax-deductible donation to San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild (SDEAG), a 501(c)(3) public charity celebrating The Arts.

All of the entry fees collected are sequestered in a fund dedicated only to The Kowit and are not released for any other purpose by SDEAG or by the San Diego Poetry Annual.  Our intent is to increase the prize money and the reach of the award whenever possible.