“Discovery” / Boston Review 2008 Poetry Contest

10 January 2008

Deadline: January 18, 2008

Four Prizes: $500
Complete guidelines:
Four winning authors will be awarded a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City (set for Monday, May 5, 8:15 PM), publication in the Boston Review and $500.

1. The contest is open to poets who have not published a book of poems (chapbooks and self-published books included). Those who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before Fall 2008. Individual poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished and under two pages in length.

2. Submit four identical sets of a typed ten-page manuscript. Each set is to contain the same ten pages in the same order. Include no more than one poem per page. NO personal identification should appear on any of the poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems.

3. Photocopied manuscripts are acceptable. However, in the case of previously published poems, do not send photocopied pages of the periodical or book in which the poem(s) originally appeared.

4. Please staple each manuscript; do not use paper clips.

5. Enclose ONE cover letter including your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers, as well as a list of the submitted poems in the order in which they appear, with copyright attributions for published poems. Do not attach this cover letter to the manuscripts.

6. An entry fee of US$10.00 must accompany the submission. Please make checks (drawn on U.S. banks only) or money orders (in U.S. currency only) payable to the 92nd Street Y, and attach them to your cover letter. DO NOT SEND CASH.

7. All poems must be original and in English (no translations).

8. No contestant may submit more than one entry. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the contest submission.

9. Entries must be received by Friday, January 18, 2008. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard (not envelope) and allow several weeks for its return. Due to the large number of submission received, manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone in March 2008; all contest entrants will be mailed the names of the winners and of the judges shortly thereafter.

10. No phone queries can be taken. If you wish to hear a recording of the guidelines, or to receive another set of these guidelines in the mail, call 212.415.5759. Mail contest submissions to:

“Discovery”/ Boston Review 2008 Poetry Contest
Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

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