Spring Garden Press and The Greensboro Review invite submissions for the Robert Watson Poetry Award chapbook competition. Submission must be received between 1 October and 2 April. The winning manuscript will be announced in October 2009 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook. The edition is limited to 500 copies, fifty of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through Spring Garden Press.
Please submit a collection of poems not exceeding 24 pages—including title page, dedication, epigraph, brief bio, and acknowledgments. Each page may contain a maximum of 30 lines of copy, including stanza spacing. The cover page should contain, on a single detachable page, the manuscript title, author’s name, address, phone number, and email address. The author’s name should not appear on any of the poems. Please provide a table of contents.
NOTE: Poems may have appeared in journals or anthologies but not as part of a book-length collection.
All entrants receive a 1-year subscription to The Greensboro Review or, if they are already subscribers, a 1-year subscription extension.
There is a $10 entry fee for online submissions, $12 if you submit by post.
To enter the contest electronically, visit www.springgardenpress.com/submissions/
Submitting by post
Please send your manuscript and a $12 check payable to Spring Garden Press to:
Spring Garden Press
5603B West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
Also include a #10 SASE for notification of the winner. Manuscripts must be postmarked between 1 October 2008 and 2 April 2009; those postmarked before or after will be discarded. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Contest manuscripts are screened by the editors of Spring Garden Press as well as qualified readers appointed by the Press. The final selection is made by a poet of distinguished achievement, who remains anonymous until the winner is announced in October.
Spring Garden Press subscribes to the principles laid out in the Contest Code of Ethics adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).
For more information: Spring Garden Press · 5603 B West Friendly Avenue · Suite 283 · Greensboro, North Carolina 27410-4252