The California Prison Poetry Contest is a state-wide poetry contest for individuals incarcerated in California. We are accepting unpublished works of poetry for publication in the Red Wheelbarrow, a literary magazine published through DeAnza College. The winners will be selected by a guest judge for their creativity and originality.
Poems must be no more than 60 lines
Submitters must be housed in a California Prison
Poems can be mailed to P.O. Box 27781 Fresno, CA 93729 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only unpublished manuscripts will be considered
Participants should send copies of work, not originals, as we are unable to return originals
Our submission window opens June 1st, 2021and closes June 2022. All submissions received after the deadline will be submitted for the following year's contest.
We publish the top 5 poems submitted in the Red Wheelbarrow, online and in print. First, second, and third place also receive a cash prize.
1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50