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Charles Simic Memorial Prize

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.


Poet David Rivard, who taught with Charlie in The University of New Hampshire MFA program, will judge.

Submissions accepted April 21 through July 31 through our submission portal: Hole In The Head Review Submission Manager

All submissions should include:

  • A title for your submission

  • A brief 3rd person bio

  • 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

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