The Rhea and Seymour Gorsline Poetry Competition

18 June 2007

2007 is the fourth year of our competition. The winning poet receives a $500 prize and publication of her or his book-length manuscript. The scheduled date to announce the winner is December 15, 2007.

You may submit as early as April 15, 2007. The deadline for submission is a postmark on or before August 16, 2007. No late entry will be read or returned. This is a first-book contest. A published book of over 40 pages of poetry makes the poet ineligible.

Send submissions to: Poetry Contest, Bedbug Press, Inc., P.O. Box 39, Brownsville, OR, 97327


The poet must be a resident for at least two years of either the United States or Canada. The manuscript is to be in English. The reading fee is $20, and includes a free copy of any one of our poetry books. Make check for reading fee to Bedbug Press, and clip to front of manuscript. The poet’s name is not to appear on the manuscript, nor is any personal information. Two title pages are required, the first with the poet’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and the title of the manuscript. The second title page is to include only the title. The manuscript is to be submitted in the form of hard copy—no discs. Please use a one-and-a-quarter inch spring clip to hold manuscript pages together. The manuscript may not have been published before as a whole; however, it may certainly contain published poems. Credit for the publication of each published poem should appear on the Acknowledgments Page (publication first, title of poem second). The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers; however, if it is accepted for publication and the poet wishes to accept the publication, the poet must notify Bedbug
Press. The manuscript will not be returned. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which will be mailed to you upon
receiving your manuscript. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of results. Manuscript should be
typed with one poem per page on one side of the page. Manuscripts are to be a minimum of 60 pages, and a maximum of 71 pages. This count includes contents pages, pages that number a section, or present a quotation. Please also tell us why you chose to submit your ms to our contest; will you be submitting to other contests? What criteria do you look for in a contest and/or publisher? Address any questions about the contest to:

Tony Gorsline, publisher
Bedbug Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 39
Brownsville, OR, 97327

NOTE: A manuscript from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska, and from Alberta or British Columbia in Canada, will also be considered for the Northwest Poetry Series. There is no prize for acceptance in the Northwest Poetry Series.

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