The Deva Literary Prize & Poetry Contest

The 2018 Deva Poetry Contest is now closed for submissions. The winner of the Deva Literary Prize will be announced at the start of National Poetry Month, on April 2, 2019.

The Deva Literary Prize celebrates the artistry of writers from around the world.

The Deva Literary Prize is an annual prize awarded for an original, previously unpublished book-length manuscript, in English. We are different from traditional writing contests in at least one significant way: We wish to support writers to finish an original literary manuscript and we encourage all contest entrants to seek publication for their completed work. Since most presses will not consider previously published manuscripts for publication, we do not offer to publish the winning manuscript.

We encourage entries from writers working in innovative and non-traditional forms. If you’re crafting a book-length manuscript of poetry, we’d love to have you enter it in the inaugural, 2018 contest for the Deva Literary Prize.

We especially want to hear voices from the margins and borderlands of literary culture, including, but not limited to: women and writers who identify as women; indigenous and other writers of colour; LGBTQ writers; writers from a wide variety of cultural, linguistic, socio-economic and experiential backgrounds; writers whose work expands our sense of possibility and enriches our cultural landscape.

The 2018 Prize of US$2500 will be awarded for an original, previously unpublished book-length manuscript of poetry.

Contest submissions are accepted between September 18, 2018 and December 20, 2018. The winner will be announced in early April, 2019.

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Contest Details & Submission Guidelines

The Deva Literary Prize is an annual prize of US$2,500 awarded for an original, previously unpublished book-length manuscript in English. The 2018 contest is for poetry.

In addition to the cash prize of $2,500, the winner will receive a beautifully designed broadside of one poem, chosen from the winning entry, printed on archival paper and suitable for framing. Entries that receive an honourable mention will also receive a custom-designed broadside of one poem from their contest entry manuscript.

We encourage the winner and those who receive honourable mentions to seek publication with trade publishers of poetry, once the contest results have been announced.

Contest Entry Guidelines:

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DEVA Literary Prize
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  • The contest is open to poets with a previously unpublished book-length manuscript of poems. Poems previously published in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work exceeding twenty five pages, nor accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Each contest entry must be the original work of the person submitting it. The name and contact information in the accompanying submission form must be those of the author, and entries must be submitted under the author’s real name. If you write under a pseudonym, you will have the opportunity to inform us of this if your manuscript is selected by the judges.
  • Contest entries are judged blind. Please do NOT include your name, contact information, or any identifying information on your entry. Our online submission form includes fields for your name and contact information.
  • Translations are not eligible nor are works written by more than one author. The judges will select the winning manuscript in an anonymous review process.
  • To enter the contest, please submit a manuscript of no less than 48 pages and no more than 120 pages, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Each poem should begin on a new page. If a poem is longer than one page, please include the poem title in the header of all pages on which it appears.
  • No revisions or alterations will be permitted once the manuscript is submitted, so please review your entry carefully before submitting it.
  • Manuscripts must be received between September 18, 2018 and December 20, 2018. The contest winner, and (up to four) honourable mentions, will be contacted directly by phone or email, by the end of March, 2019. The winner will be announced on this website and in our social media spaces in early April, 2019.
  • The winner will be interviewed, and the interview will be published on this website, and on our social media spaces.
  • The contest entry fee is US$15. Your entry fee covers a portion of the costs of reading and reviewing manuscript entries.
  • Entries are accepted online only, through the link provided on this page. Submissions sent to us by mail or email will not be read or considered.
  • An entry will be disqualified (at any stage in the contest process), if it has violated the contest rules regarding submissions, prior publication or original authorship. The entry fee will not be reimbursed.
  • If you have additional questions, please direct them via email to

Meet the Judge of the 2018 Deva Poetry Contest

Kate Braid is an award-winning poet, writer and teacher, and the author or co-author of fourteen books and chapbooks of poetry, memoir and literary non-fiction. Her work has been translated into French, Italian and Japanese. 

Her memoir of 15 years as a carpenter is Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World . In 2015 she was awarded the Mayor’s Award in the Arts for leadership in the Vancouver, BC writing community and in 2016, the Pandora’s Collective BC Writers Mentor Award. Her most recent book of poems, Elemental is an exploration of Wind, Water, Fire, Earth and Wood – the materials she came to know intimately when working as a carpenter. She lives in Victoria and on Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

Read more about her at


About Hiro

Hiro Boga is the publisher of Deva Publishing, and the award-winning author of To Be Soul, Do Soul, as well as two collections of poetry, a best-selling novel, and several digital books and multimedia programs.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, has taught creative writing at universities, served on juries for the Canada Council and other national arts organizations, was writer-in-residence for the CBC program, North By Northwest, and spent a decade as managing editor of an award-winning literary press.

Hiro is a teacher, business strategist, and mentor to creative leaders who are shaping a world that works for everyone. She is a pioneer in the field of soul-powered creativity and leadership.

Hiro writes and teaches at the frontier where soul and subtle energy meet artistic integrity, creative freedom, and renewable prosperity in service to a world of wholeness, peace, and provision for everyone.

For close to forty years, she has mentored and taught thousands of clients and students who are committed to their art and artistry, and to building a more just, equitable and beautiful world.