Thank you for visiting Gival Press.

We have the following annual contests for authors and poets which carry a cash prize and for which a reading fee is required.

  1. Gival Press Novel Award, deadline May 30th
  2. Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, deadline June 27th
  3. Gival Press Short Story Award, deadline August 8th
  4. Gival Press Poetry Award, deadline December 15th

Currently we are taking submissions  from authors / poets / artists for our online journal, ArLiJo from January 15 to April 15, 2016. Visit There is no reading fee for submitting to ArLiJo. Payment to contributors is any book from the Gival Press catalog of published books.Contributors retain the rights after the online publication. It's okay to remind us about your submission.

Regarding general mss, from May 15 to August 15, we accept unsolicited submissions for publication consideration, though we publish only a few books per year.

In your cover letter regarding any of the submission categories, please include your: full name, address, email address, and telephone.

Best wishes and thanks for considering Gival Press as a house to promote your work.

Robert L. Giron


Gival Press


Ends on December 15, 2016$ 20.00
$ 20.00
The 18th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award

December 15, 2016 (postmarked).
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date, if you mail the entry. 


Completely open.

Eligible Poets:
Open to all, national and international poets.


Forms or Style of Poetry:
Original work, not a translation of someone else's poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript:
At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only. 

Status of the Winning Manuscript:
The manuscript as a whole shall not have been published before. However, include an acknowledgment sheet to indicate any previously published poems in the collection (poem/journal/date). It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems.

Format for Submittal:
Include a separate cover sheet with name, title of manuscript, address (street, city, state, electronic mail), and phone number. The poet's name should not appear on the pages of the ms. The numbered pages should be clipped together. Please be sure that your package is securely sealed.

If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible CD or USB in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer disk.

A short bio should be included.

Always keep a copy of your manuscript; materials will not be returned and will be recycled after the judging.

Reading Fee:
$20.00 (USD) by personal check or USA money order payable to:
Gival Press, LLC. Or you can pay via

International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).

Mail to: 
Robert L. Giron, Editor
Gival Press Poetry Award
Gival Press, LLC 
P.O. Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

We try our best to announce the winner by mid spring. Unfortunately, it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the individuals involved.

The winner will receive $1,000.00 (USD) and his/her book of poetry will be published by Gival Press. The winning poet will receive 20 copies of the publication.

A standard publication contract is offered. 

Judging: The manuscripts are judged anonymously. The winner for the previous award will be the judge for the following year. The decision of the judge will be final.

Discount Offered to Entrants:
Anyone who has entered a Gival Press contest may purchase any books published or distributed by Gival Press at a 20% discount off the retail price, with free shipment. Credit cards are preferred. Kindly either call us (703.351.0079 - leave a message if we can't answer when you call and we will call you back) or send us an email with your phone number and we will call you, as we only accept the credit card information by phone.