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$20.00 USD


The 20th Gival Press Poetry Award-2021


December 15, 2021 (postmarked). This award is now given in odd years with publication in even years.

Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date, if you mail the entry. Please note that the judging begins after Dec. 15, 2021, with the announcement of the winner within 3-4 months. The winner will be published in 2022.


The winner will receive $1,000.00 (USD) and his/her/their book of poetry will be published by Gival Press. The winning poet will receive 20 copies of the publication under a standard contract, with royalties to be paid.


Self-published works or works that have appeared as a complete book online are not qualified for this award. 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 should the submitted manuscript win the award.  If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on a USB in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer.


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. 


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.  Include a short bio.

Please include which pronouns you use to refer to yourself. 

Always keep a copy of your manuscript; materials will not be returned and will be recycled if mailed to Gival Press after the judging.

Reading Fee:

$20.00 (USD) by personal check or USA money order payable to. 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). Gival Press, LLC. 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. 

Or you can pay via https://givalpress.submittable.com.

Regular Mail to: 

Robert L. Giron, Editor

Gival Press Poetry Award

Gival Press, LLC 

P.O. Box 3812

Arlington, VA 22203

Please be sure that your package is securely sealed if you regular mail the manuscript.

Notification of the Winner:

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (http://www.givalpress.com), 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 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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.