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Charles Simic Memorial Prize 2023

July 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EDT


Hole In The Head Review has established the Charles Simic Poetry Prize to honor our late friend and mentor. First prize will receive $1,000 and publication in our November 1 issue. Winner will be announced at our October 26 poetry reading, on social media, and in our November 1 issue.

David Rivard, who taught with Charlie in The University of New Hampshire MFA program, will judge. Please contact me if you have any questions,

All submissions should include:

–A title for your submission

–A brief 3rd person bio

–A cover letter and/or submission description

–We accept simultaneous submissions; please inform us immediately If you need to withdraw part of your submission

–Please submit no more than three poems at once, and upload them as a single file – preferably a Word file using a 12 point font; no more than one poem per page

–Please do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission

–We will accept multiple submissions with a submission fee for each

Please note that we kept the submission fee low to encourage all poets to submit regardless of financial status. If you are unable to submit because of financial hardship, please contact us at

We appreciate any extra financial support for our work. Hole In The Head is always free of charge and staffed by tireless, poetry-loving volunteers! The Tip Jar is always open!


July 31, 2023
11:59 PM EDT
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