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The Maine Review is pleased to announce our Environs Prize! 

Environs celebrates contemporary environmental writing that highlights the vulnerabilities of our world and our identities as we relate to the places we inhabit and the earth itself. 

The prize will alternate between prose and poetry. This year we are looking for poetry submissions.


Prize information:

First Place: $1000 and publication on website and interview in Issue 10.2 of The Maine Review

Second Place: $300 and publication on website 

Third Place: $100 and publication on website

The winner and finalists will be announced in summer 2024, and each will have the opportunity to read at a hybrid event in Portland, Maine.


About the Judge:

This year, our Environs Judge is the amazing Craig Santos Perez. Dr. Craig Santos Perez, is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. He is the author of two spoken word poetry albums, Undercurrent (2011) and Crosscurrent (2017), and five books of poetry, including: from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014), from unincorporated territory [lukao] (2017), and Habitat Threshold (2020). Criag's work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Spanish and his poetry has received multiple awards, including the 2023 National Book Award, a 2015 American Book Award, and the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. You can follow him on Twitter (X) @craigsperez

Friends, family members, and students of the judge should refrain from submitting.


About The Maine Review:

The Maine Review seeks outstanding poetry, including works in translation and hybrid forms, and is pleased to publish new, emerging, and established writers. We are also dedicated to making contemporary literature accessible and to supporting representation, innovation, and literary artistry. To that end, if the contest fee is a barrier for you, please email environs@mainereview.com.


General Guidelines:

  • We accept submissions only through Submittable. Submissions must be previously unpublished in print and online.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If only part of a submission must be withdrawn, please notify us using Submittable's "message" function.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all backgrounds, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+ writers, BIPOC writers, female-identifying writers, unpublished writers, writers with disabilities, and economically marginalized writers.
  • You can submit to Environs even if you have another active submission with us. However, please do not submit more than one Environs submission. We cannot refund multiple Environs submissions.
  • We will not publish work that normalizes hatred of any marginalized group or individual, though submitted work may thoughtfully consider subjects of discrimination.


Poetry Formatting Guidelines:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Single-spaced (or as you would like your poem to appear online)
  • Maximum 3 poems
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.