SUBMIT! 2015 District Lit Poetry Contest Judged by Sarah Vap

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In the beginning of 2015 I joined the District Lit team as Outreach and Communications Coordinator with the mission to help build an ever inclusive and diverse online community. In my short tenure, we have successfully launched a Readers’ Choice Awards campaign celebrating the work of every DL writer published between 2012-2014, created a chapbook featuring Dana Yosts‘ and Faith Gardner’s work as the Readers’ Choice winners, went to AWP meeting many wonderful writers and future DL contributors, and now, with much excitement, we are launching our first poetry contest judged by Sarah Vap!

Sarah Vap, the author of one of my favorite books of poetry, End of the Sentimental Journey, will bring a passionate and smart poetry to DL readers. Please consider submitting your work! The contest runs through May 8th, 2015. For more detail visit

2015 District Lit Poetry Prize

District Lit is proud to announce the 2015 Poetry Prize, with finalists judged by Sarah Vap


The winning poet will receive $250, publication on our website, and promotion at District Lit’s booth at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. Promotion will include publishing the poem on a postcard and displaying a photograph and bio of the winning poet at the booth. If desired, the winner may provide us any books or materials for sale, or conduct a book signing at the booth. The winner will be announced in a special update to District Lit in May 2016, as well as through our e-mail list, Twitter, and Facebook.


Submit 4-6 poems using Submittable. The reading fee is $10. Finalists will be judged blind by Sarah Vap. Colleagues, students, and close friends of Sarah Vap are not eligible to win. Entries are only accepted online, submitted through Submittable. No hard copies or emailed submissions will be accepted. Entries must be received via Submittable between April 8, 2015 and May 8, 2015 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. By May 15, 2015, all entrants will be notified that their submissions have been received.


Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent are Arco Iris (Saturnalia Books, 2012) and End of a Sentimental Journey (Noemi Press, 2013). She is a recipient of a 2013 National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Literature, and her bookViability (forthcoming from Penguin in 2015) was selected for the National Poetry Series.

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District Lit publishes poetry, fiction, and visual art on a rolling basis. For more information please visit, follow us on Twitter @districtlit, and like us on Facebook.

Editors Diana Smith Bolton, Josh Logue, and Sheila McMullin at AWP District Lit booth.
Editors (pictured left to right) Sheila McMullin, Diana Smith Bolton, and Josh Logue at AWP District Lit booth.
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