The Sundog Poetry Book Award for a first or second book of poetry is open to all Vermont-based poets. Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages long.


The Sundog Poetry Book Award is open to all Vermont-based poets who have not published more than one full-length collection. Final judge, Matthew Olzmann, will select the winning manuscript and write an introduction for the book. The winning poet will receive a cash prize of $500, 50 copies of the book, and assistance with promotion through a featured book launch. 


  • Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages
  • Manuscripts must not contain any identifying information about the poet
  • Proof of Vermont residency 
  • $25 application fee (Poets with demonstrated financial need can contact the managing director to request a fee waiver, at

Matthew Olzmann is the author of Constellation Route as well as two previous collections of poetry: Mezzanines and Contradictions in the Design. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Olzmannā€™s poems have appeared in the New York Times, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prizes, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor at Dartmouth College and also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

The first-readers include poets Skye Jackson, Frances Cannon, Bethany Breitland (winner of the 2022 Sundog Poetry Book Award), as well as two members of the Sundog Poetry Board of Directors: Chard deNiord and Barbara Murphy.

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DO NOT include any identifying information in your submission; it will be disqualified.
We will be following the CLMP Code of Ethics for this contest.