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The 2023 full-length and chapbook contests are open January 1 – April 30, 2023.
Chapbook and Full-Length Contests – Final Judges for both Full-Length and Chapbook contests will be internationally recognized poets, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Past judges have been Ilya Kaminsky, Marilyn Nelson, Afaa Michael Weaver, Chana Bloch, Dorianne Laux, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Hélène Cardona, Lola Haskins, Stuart Dischell, Betty Adcock, Jamaal May, Rickey Laurentiis, Joseph Millar, Cynthia Huntington, John Hoppenthaler, Zeina Hashem Beck, Mary O’Donnell, Ely Shipley, Traci Brimhall, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Julie Suk. The judges for 2023 will be announced after the competition has closed to protect their privacy. We never make our authors pre-sell, and we send out review copies and pay contest fees for our authors. We arrange author readings and workshops.
Guidelines for the 2023 Competitions.
Email all submissions to – email@example.com
Full-Length Poetry Book Contest
Full length manuscripts must be 40 – 80 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgments page, biography, etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
The entry fee of $15 will go towards publishing the book. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
You may submit more than one manuscript, but there is a separate fee for each manuscript submitted, and each manuscript must be submitted separately.
In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2023 Full-Length Book Contest (example – Krawiec 2023 Full-Length Book Contest). In the body of the email list the manuscript title, your name, address, email and all acknowledgements for where individual poems have been published. Submit the poetry manuscript as a Word attachments, single-spaced, 12 point type. The attached manuscript should contain only your poems and a table of content. Nothing more. Do not put your name or publication acknowledgements anywhere in the body of the manuscript.
Winning manuscripts will receive publication and a contract that pays them 20% of all sales, after publishing expenses are covered, from the first 200 books sold. This royalty escalates to 30% of all sales, after expenses, from copies 201-400 sold. Once the 400 sales figure is reached, writers will receive 50% of all sales, after expenses.
Chapbook manuscripts must be between 20-32 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgment page, etc. and a page for your biography. Do not put your name or publication acknowledgements anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
The submission process for the Chapbook Competition is identical to the process listed above for the Full Length Manuscript, with these exceptions. In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2023 Chapbook Contest (Krawiec 2023 Chapbook Contest). Entry fee for the Chapbook Contest is only $10
Winning Chapbooks will receive publication and a contract that pays them 20% of all sales, after publishing expenses are covered, from the first 200 books sold. This royalty escalates to 30% of all sales, after expenses, from copies 201-400 sold.
Entry fee can be paid via Paypal. Applicants may use the button below for either or both contests; specify which contest you are entering via the drop-down menu. If you don’t have a Paypal account, go to our Contact page and click on the Donate button. Follow the instructions for paying via credit card. You can also pay by check sent to the address on that page.
Email submissions to – firstname.lastname@example.org