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The 2017 Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest


Wednesday, March 15, 2017



Entry Fees

$10 for up to 3 poems


$1,000 + publication. Publication is also offered to all of our finalists.


“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” When submitting multiple poems, include each poem on a separate page in the same document. Please keep submissions to no more than 5 pages.The winner and finalists will be published in our September issue.

Contact Information

Bob Sykora, Editor, [email protected]


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