Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review invites submissions for the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2017 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review.



Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of a single prose piece, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form) will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. As the contest is judged blind, no contact information may appear anywhere on the manuscript file. Files that do include identifying information will be rejected unread, and entry fees will not be refunded (though you’ll still get your free subscription).


The entry fee is $20, and includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. Multiple submissions are welcome and come with additional yearlong subscriptions, which can be used to extend your original subscription or given as gifts. We will be accepting submissions only via our online submission manager, through which contestants can pay the entry fee. Again, please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file. Instead, in the “comments” field at the bottom of the entry page, enter the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the submitted work(s). Also, be sure to use the “genre” tab to indicate whether your submission is poetry, prose fiction, or prose nonfiction.

Note to international entrants: Our payment gateway requires you to enter a US state or territory and zip code as part of your address. We suggest you use “OH” for the state and “45202” for the zip code. If you already have an account with us, you’ll need to change this information on your account page before submitting payment. After your payment has gone through, please change your address back, so that your free subscription will go to the right place.


Submissions will be accepted from June 1 to July 15.

Winners will be notified October 1, and an announcement will appear on our website and in the Winter 2017 issue. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2017 issue, which comes out in May.


If you have any questions about the contest or problems submitting and/or making payment, please email editors[at]cincinnatireview[dot]com, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

100 Responses to “Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose”

  1. Peggy says:

    I can’t submit my story…tried Docx and pdf.

  2. Colette says:

    Can I submit more than one prose piece as long as I pay a separate fee per piece?

  3. admin says:

    Yes, indeed.

  4. Robert says:

    When you say “previously published manuscripts” will not be accepted, does that mean none of the poems can be previously published? or only that the collection you’re submitting cannot be previously published as a collection?

  5. Rose says:

    Is the credit card submission process secure? It does not appear to have the https: as one would expect when entering credit card information.

  6. Jeff Anderson says:

    When submitting for the Schiff Prize your payment procedure has no “lock” logo in the URL bar so it doesn’t look like a safe method of payment.

  7. admin says:

    It’s safe. You can tell because the URL begins with https, not just http.

  8. admin says:

    We do not publish books/collections.

  9. Christina says:

    I’ve submitted a story from Canada, but every time I try to pay the submission fee I’m redirected to a page that says the payment could not be processed due to an error on the site. On the page I see, I don’t have the option to enter a random US zip code, as advised above. Help? I can send a screenshot of the error page, if need be.


  10. Based on the questions asked and answered about poetry submissions, I think this is the case but want to make sure – up to 40 pages of prose can include multiple pieces, but be considered, total, one single entry? Thanks.

  11. admin says:

    No. Sorry. Only one prose piece per entry, unless it’s flash fiction. In the latter case, up to ten (with the total pages under 40).

  12. admin says:

    Thanks for alerting us to this problem. We have addressed it. It’s safe to submit.

  13. admin says:

    Hi Peggy,
    Email it to me at Also email your phone number so I can call and get your credit card info. Sorry you’re having trouble.
    All good wishes,
    Nicola Mason
    Managing Editor

  14. Doug says:

    The instructions above say to put the contents of the cover letter in the comments field. However, on the submissions page, step #3 in the process for creating a new account says to leave the comments field blank. Which is correct?

  15. admin says:

    Sorry for the confusion. We will rectify. Please leave the comments field blank.

  16. Greg says:

    Who specifically will do the judging in each category?

  17. admin says:

    The poetry and fiction editors—Don Bogen and Michael Griffith.

  18. Jody Hauber says:

    Will online submissions be accepted through July 15?

  19. admin says:


  20. Leah Mizerak says:

    It says up to 8 pages of Poetry. Does that mean I can enter 8 poems as long as they fit on 8 pages? Or 1 poem up to 8 pages?

  21. admin says:

    One eight-page poem, two four-page poems, one four-pager and four one-pagers, one two-pager and six one-pagers, eight one-pagers—there are many permutations that will work.

  22. Julia Halpin says:

    I have two prose pieces that are each under 20 pages, can I submit both under one submission and only pay 20$? Or do I have to submit them as separate pieces and pay 40$? They total to be under a 40 page count when put together, but are two totally different stories.

  23. admin says:

    Sorry, no. One complete story per entry fee.

  24. Cheri Babajian says:

    I accidentally submitted size 14 font instead of size 12.

  25. admin says:

    Okay. That shouldn’t matter much.

  26. Cintia says:

    May I submit more than eight poems if they do not exceed eight pages? Or 8 poems maximum? Thanks!

  27. Catherine Telscher Altimari says:

    I submitted a contest entry of poetry and the email verification categorized it as prose. I must have pressed a wrong button. If possible, please switch the entry. Thank you!

  28. admin says:

    No worries. We’ll fix it.

  29. admin says:

    Even if poems do not take up a full page, please submit only one poem per page.

  30. admin says:

    We can’t make exceptions. Apologies.

  31. admin says:

    You missed the deadline. Sorry.

  32. Matt says:

    Can I submit pieces that have featured on my personal blog, but only as quotes, and not complete?

  33. admin says:

    Nope. Putting something on your blog constitutes publication.

  34. admin says:

    We haven’t had any other complaints, so maybe it’s your browser? We’ll keep a look out to see if it’s happening to anyone else. Sorry for your trouble.

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  37. Abby says:

    I’m seeing references to both a July 15 and a July 22 deadline. Which is the correct deadline?

  38. admin says:

    July 22. (We extended the deadline.)

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  40. admin says:

    No. Sorry.

  41. Lisa says:

    Self-contained chapters from a longer work okay? If so, can three self-contained yet connected chapters (combined under 40 pages) be submitted as one entry or should they be sent in separately as three entries? Thank you.

  42. admin says:

    Sure, Lisa. Combine the three chapters and submit as one piece.

  43. Shahid says:

    Do you accept “translations” of poems? A successful translation is much harder than an original poem, and no less the creative work of the translating poet.

  44. admin says:

    We have a high regard for translations, but no, the contest is for solo creations. Apologies.

  45. Phatima Mitchell says:

    I put snippets of my work on FB. Does that mean I cannot enter the contest now?

  46. admin says:

    Hi Phatima,
    You cannot enter any piece of writing that you have posted (self-published) in its entirety on FB, Twitter, or your or someone else’s website.
    All good wishes,
    The Editors

  47. Rob Couteau says:

    for prose, should it be single- or double-spaced, and with what margins?

  48. admin says:

    Double spaced, please—11 or 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Thanks!

  49. John Andrews says:

    Will you be holding any more of these competitions in the near future? I was a bit too late for this one.

  50. admin says:

    Yep. Every summer.

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