The prize will be awarded to a first or second book by a writer of African descent and is open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experience. The book can be of any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry, including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation.  The winning manuscript will be published by Autumn House Press in 2021, and its author will be awarded $3,000.

Please submit a manuscript between 48-168 pages.

Final Judge: Douglas Kearney

University of Pittsburgh - Center for African American Poetry and Poetics