Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review invites submissions for the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Awards. One winning poem and prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2014 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1000 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 prose, 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.


Entry fee is $20, which includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. We will be accepting submissions only through our online submission manager, so contestants will pay the fee through that system. Please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file, as submissions will be judged blindly. Instead, insert a cover letter with the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the work(s) submitted in the “comments” section of the online submission manager.

Note to international entrants: Our payment gateway requires you to enter a US state or territory AND a zip code as part of your address. We suggest you use “OH” for the state and “45202″ for the zip. 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 goes through, you can change it back.

All entries will receive equal consideration.


Submissions will be accepted through our online submission manager from June 1 to July 15.

Winners will be notified October 1, and an announcement will appear on our website and in the Winter 2014 issue. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2014 issue.

84 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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