About the Howling Bird Press Book Prize

Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg University’s MFA in Creative Writing, offers an annual prize that results in book publication. As a teaching press, we are staffed by graduate students enrolled in our Publishing Concentration. Our prize alternates genres annually, from poetry to fiction to nonfiction.

From April 2 to July 31, 2020, we are accepting submissions in poetry. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the U.S., whether published or unpublished. Manuscript page counts should be between 60 and 80. File formats should be either Word .doc or .docx. Pages should be numbered, and the author’s name and address should appear on the first page.

Include a cover letter in the form provided online, and list contact information and a short (100 to 200 word) bio. There is a $25 entry fee. Current and former students of Augsburg’s MFA in Creative Writing are ineligible, as are current faculty and staff of Augsburg University. The winner is announced in January 2022. The winner receives $1,000 and book publication in fall 2022.

Howling Bird Press books are distributed by Small Press Distribution, and are available at online retailers and in bookstores nationwide.


We are open for submissions of creative fiction in spring 2021, nonfiction in 2022, and poetry in 2023.

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