The 2019 Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize Guidelines


  • ENTRY FEE: $15 USD, which includes a copy of the Fall 2019 issue.
  • The Raleigh Review poetry staff will serve as preliminary judges.
  • The judges of the finalists will be Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar. 


  • First Prize includes $500 USD and publication in the Fall 2019 issue.
  • Finalists will receive standard $15 payment along with publication.
  • Honorable Mentions will be considered for publication and standard payment.
  • All Finalists and Honorable Mentions will receive a 2-year subscription to Raleigh Review.
  • All entrants will receive the Fall 2019 issue of Raleigh Review.


  • Opens on April 1, 2019.
  • Deadline is June 1, 2019 at 5 AM EST.
  • Submit up to five pages of unpublished poems per entry.
  • Entries are only accepted via Submittable.
  • Attached files should be free of personal identifiers such as name, address, phone and email, social media handles, etc. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. If one or more poems is selected for publication by another magazine, please leave a note on your submission via Submittable.
  • Failure to meet guidelines may result in disqualification.
  • Current students or affiliates of Raleigh Review editorial staff and Raleigh Review board members are not eligible to enter.
  • This contest is open to poets who reside in the USA (regardless of immigration status).

Selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar (2018)

"Forever Daylight" by John Sibley Williams

Honorable Mentions:
"Four Sonnets" Bailey Cohen [2nd]

"Lightning Flowers" Emily Mohn-Slate [3rd]

"Other women don't tell you" by Julia Dasbach
"Keloid Scar" by Julia Dasbach
"Sometimes I Pretend the Daughter I Wanted Was Born Alive" by Chelsea Dingman
"After You Have Gone" by Chelsea Dingman

Selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar (2017)

Kristin Robertson - "Poem for My Unborn Daughter"

Honorable Mention:
Jenna Bazzell - "All Is Wild, All Is Silent"

Emily Paige Wilson - "Reasons to Return Home"
Emily Rose Cole - "How Not to Remember Your Mother"
Jenna Bazzell - "The Speaker's Prayer" 
Mario Ariza - "Erratic transcription of notes taken at a refugee camp in Anse-A-Pitre, Haiti."

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