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$20.00 USD

          The theme for Issue 154 is


Send us your fresh and innovative take on it!


With an award of $1,000 for the winning poem, the Edwin Markham Prize honors outstanding works of poetry. Our taste is eclectic and celebrates the wonderful diversity of forms, styles, and levels of diction available to the contemporary poet. Writers may submit up to five (5) poems per submission. 

Please be sure to:  

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

The contest reading fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.