SawtoothEnterButton1Call for Manuscripts
January 1, 2018 through March 1, 2018

$1,500 for a book of poems

⇐ Enter using our Submission Manager!


The winning volume will be published in January 2019 by Ahsahta Press.

Ahsahta Press, a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, conforms to the CLMP Code of Ethics and participated in its drafting.


• The Sawtooth Poetry Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies of the published book. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author will be featured on the Ahsahta website, as will lists of finalists and semi-finalists.

• The final judge for the competition is Jennifer Moxley. More about Jennifer Moxley.
• Entries must be filed between 12:01 a.m. January 1 and midnight March 1. All entries should be made on our Submission Manager system.

• Manuscripts should be 50 to 100 pages of poetry, submitted in PDF (preferred), RTF, or MSWord formats only. Please use PDF format if preserving your formatting is important to you.

The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. The title page should contain the title only. The author information is collected separately in Submission Manager.

DO NOT include acknowledgments, author bio, or any other identifying information in your submission.

Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest.

• The entry fee of $25.00 is payable during entry with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover cards.

• Winner is expected to be announced in May 2018. All entries are eligible for publication by Ahsahta Press; separate submission of a Sawtooth entry during our open reading period is unnecessary.

• Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of Boise State University or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close for other reasons that would seem to be a conflict of interest are also not considered eligible. (Query the press if doubtful.) Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify Ahsahta Press immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere.

The CLMP Code of Ethics: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Enter using Ahsahta’s Submission Manager!

2017 Sawtooth Prize Winner