The Contest Formerly Known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize

Over the past few months, we at CV2 have been listening to the vital conversations happening within the literary community about the importance of removing age restrictions from contests and awards for emerging writers. These age restrictions ignore the fact that emerging poets of all ages deserve the same support and enthusiasm from the community at large, and we’re grateful to those who have raised concerns around this issue publicly. 

With all of this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that the contest formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize will no longer be restricted to those 35 years of age and younger, and will now be open to emerging writers of any age who have not yet published a full-length book of poetry.

We will also be renaming the contest, and for this we’d like to request your help. Community input is vital to what we do at CV2, and we’d like the contest’s new name to reflect this by opening up its naming to all of you.

We’re looking for a name that reflects the contest’s focus on emerging writers, and which will resonate with writers for years to come. Please email your suggestions to with the subject line “Contest Name” by Monday, June 28th. If we select your suggestion as the new name for the contest, we will acknowledge your contribution when we announce the new name and will gift you a one-year subscription to CV2 as a token of our thanks.

We’d like to thank you all again for your engagement and support. We’re sincerely grateful to have the opportunity to continue to improve and are committed to continuing to do so.