book prizes

The Fence Modern Poets Series is open to poets of any gender and at any stage in their publishing career. The prize is $1,000 and publication by Fence Books.

The 2019 Fence Modern Poets Series will be open for submissions during the month of April, 2018. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with your $29 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Fence. 

You may submit your manuscript here (during the month of April).


Edgar-Garcia_picThe winner of the 2018 Fence Modern Poets Series. Edgar Garcia’s Columbus Journal will be published in 2019.

Edgar Garcia is a poet and scholar of the hemispheric cultures of the Americas. Born in California to families from Central America, he earned degrees at Chaffey Community College and UC Berkeley, before earning his PhD at Yale. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Antioch Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Big Bridge, Chicago Review, Damn the Caesars, Jacket2, LARB, Mandorla, Make, PMLA, Sous les Pavés, Those That This, and Tzak. He co-edited an anthology of American literature, American Literature in the World (Columbia UP); co-edited a blog on the native and anthropological poetics of the Americas, (with Jose-Luis Moctezuma); and is co-editing a special issue of denkbilder on the philosopher Walter Benjamin for the UK-based New Writing(Taylor & Francis/Routledge). A chapbook of his poetry, Boundary Loot, was published by Punch Press in 2012. And Signs of the Americas, a forthcoming monograph, studies the contemporary aesthetic, philosophical, legal, and psychological innervations of such seemingly antiquated sign-systems as pictographs, hieroglyphs, and khipu. He teaches in the departments of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. 





 unnamedThe Winner of the 2017 Modern Poets Series is Lite Year, by Tess Brown-Lavoie, and will be published in the fall of 2018 by Fence Books.

Tess Brown-Lavoie is a writer and farmer in Providence, Rhode Island. She runs Sidewalk Ends Farm with her sisters, and plays drums in the band Mother Tongue. Tess works on land access as the RI Field Agent at Land For Good, coordinates the Justice and Agriculture Working Group in Rhode Island, and serves as the Vice President of the National Young Farmers Coalition Board.








Steven Alvarez, The Codex Mojaodicus (2016) 
Kevin Holden
, Solar (2015)
Jennifer MacKenzie, My Not-My Soldier (2014)
Lee Ann Brown, In the Laurels, Caught (2012)
Donald Dunbar, Eyelid Lick (2012)
Paul Legault, The Other Poems (2011)
Nick Demske, Nick Demske (2010, Joyelle McSweeney)
MacGregor Card, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary (2009, Martin Corless-Smith)
James Shea, Star in the Eye (2008, Nick Flynn)
Christopher Janke, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain (2007)
Daniel Brenner, The Stupefying Flashbulbs (2006)
Geraldine Kim, Povel (2005, Forrest Gander)
Prageeta Sharma, The Opening Question (2004)
Elizabeth Robinson, Apprehend (2003, Ann Lauterbach) 
Joyelle McSweeney, The Red Bird (2002, Allen Grossman)