Ends on December 15, 2019

$20.00 USD

The 19th Gival Press Poetry Award-2019


December 15, 2019 (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, 2019, with the announcement of the winner within 3-4 months. The winner will be published in 2020.



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 Submittable.com.

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 (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 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.