11 June 2007

Judge: Harryette Mullen
A prize of $1,000 plus book publication by Kore Press will be given for a book-length poetry manuscript.

Deadline: July 31st, 2007
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This competition is open to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible. Please submit one copy of the manuscript, a cover sheet, a $20 reading fee payable to Kore Press, a self-addressed stamped postcard to
acknowledge receipt of the manuscript, and include an email address for award notification. Please note that manuscripts cannot be returned.

Send submissions to:

Kore Press, First Book Award
P.O. Box 3044
Tucson, AZ 85702-3044

Cover sheet should include:
daytime and evening telephone numbers
email address
title of manuscript
where you heard about the contest

Manuscripts must be:
a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 70 pages typed on standard white paper paginated bound with a clip (do not permanently bind in any way) anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript) original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)

For more information email kore@korepress.org or call 520-629-9752.

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