Meadowlark Press has been publishing fiction, memoir, and poetry since 2014. We are the home of The Birdy Poetry Prize, an annual poetry manuscript contest featuring a cash prize and publication of the winning entry.  We are also home to the creative nonfiction journal of Kansas, 105: Meadowlark Reader, with Quincy Press. 

  • September 1-December 1 - Annually - Birdy Poetry Prize Submissions Accepted
  • May 1 - June 30 and November 1-December 31 -  - Annually - Creative nonfiction essays accepted for 105: Meadowlark Reader. Check the website for theme and eligibility.

View our submission guidelines here. Visit our website:

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Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes.  Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history. 


Previous winners are NOT eligible to enter.

Previous Finalists ARE eligible to enter.

Manuscript Preparation
The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the document. Do not include acknowledgments or publishing history or credits.  
Manuscript should only include:  

  • title of collection
  • any section or division headings, if desired
  • all poems to be included in the collection
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