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$20.00 USD

  The Pinch Literary Awards in Poetry 2020
Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation

Poetry First Prize: $2,000.00. Judged by Franny Choi, author of the poetry collections Soft Science (Alice James, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017).

        We know you've heard of her, but if you want more info on this years judge, check her out here: https://www.frannychoi.com

Entries not postmarked within the reading period will be discarded unread.

All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. You may submit entries online via the link below or via mail. Emailed entries will not be considered.

No translations will be considered.
Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible.


1. $20 for the first entry; $10 for each subsequent entry. An “entry” in the poetry contest is 1-3 poems. It will be $10 for each group of three after the initial entry.
2. The following information entered into the cover letter box: name, address, phone number, and email address. The AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT itself. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be DISCARDED UNREAD. Please notify us if your address or email changes.

       3. Please do not title your entries "Poems," "Contest Entry," "Poems for Pinch Contest," or "Pinch Contest". This makes it really hard to go back and find the poem that we absolutely loved and want to sent off as a finalist! Title the entry with either the title of your first poem entry or as all three titles of your poems separated by commas.

The author's name should only be entered into the text box labeled "Cover letter."
The author's name should not appear anywhere in the uploaded contest entry document. 

Also, please share with us in your cover letter how you learned about the Pinch Literary Awards.

For more details, please visit our website at pinchjournal.com

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