The 2nd Annual Brittany Noakes Poetry Award

*** MAY 1st DEADLINE *** $8 ENTRY FEE *** 

Your $8 entry fee for 4 poems helps make another Live Your Dream Award (like the one we gave to Ta’ilah in 2017) possible.

Live Your Dream Award is a $1,000 grant given to a female head of household who has experienced hardships, is undergoing financial difficulty, and wants to pursue her trade school or undergraduate education. Often, a recipient is a single mother, survivor of domestic violence or sex trafficking, who wants to pursue her education in the helping professions (generally nursing or social work).

The prize is more than knowing you’ve made a difference in a woman’s life.

The winner of the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award will win 25 custom broadsides of their winning poem, created by artist MaryAnn L. Miller, valued at over $500. In addition, their winning poem will be published online in the award winning and highly selective journal The Adroit Journal.

The second place winner receives a book package donated by BOA Editions.

2017 Brittany Noakes Poetry Award Judge Sandra Beasley

Our 2017 judge is the esteemed Sandra Beasley. Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections—Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling—and a memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DCCAH fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.

Initial judge Shevaun Brannigan will select 25 semi-finalists from submissions stripped of any identifying information, which will then be narrowed down to 10 finalists by The Adroit Journal Editor-in-Chief Peter LaBerge and the Poetry Editors. These top ten poems will be sent to Sandra Beasley.

See below for guidelines.


  • A submission packet contains up to four never previously published poems.
  • Each poem must be no longer than a page when typed in size 12 font (this restriction pertains to the broadside).
  • Any subject matter is welcome, as are submissions by women, men, and gender variant individuals.
  • Multiple submissions are encouraged.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. To withdraw a poem, please leave a note in Submittable.
  • Deadline is 5/1/17

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