Contest Guidelines


$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press


Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2011

Previous Judges: Brian Turner, Garret Hongo, Dorianne Laux, C.G. Hanzlicek, Corrinne Clegg Hales, Philip Levine

Previous Winners: Lory Bedikian, Sarah Wetzel, Shane Seely, Neil Aitken, Lynn Chandhok, Roxane Beth Johnson, Steve Gehrke, Fleda Brown.


Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.

Mail Entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001


or email Connie Hales at

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In 1961, Denise Duhamel was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She received a BFA degree from Emerson College and a MFA degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

She is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, including: “Ka-Ching!” (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), “Two and Two” (2005), and “Mille et un sentiments” (Firewheel Editions, 2005).

Her other books currently in print are “Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems” (University of Pittsburgh, 2001), “The Star-Spangled Banner,” winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize (1999); “Kinky” (1997); “Girl Soldier” (1996); and “How the Sky Fell” (1996). Duhamel has also collaborated with Maureen Seaton on three volumes: “Little Novels” (Pearl Editions, 2002), Oyl (2000), and “Exquisite Politics” (Tia Chucha Press, 1997).

In response to Duhamel’s collection “Smile!,” Edward Field says, “More than any other poet I know, Denise Duhamel, for all the witty, polished surface of her poems, communicates the ache of human existence.”

A winner of an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, including four volumes of “The Best American Poetry” (2000, 1998, 1994, and 1993).

Duhamel teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University and lives in Hollywood, Florida.

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