Archive for September 1st, 2008


1 September 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press awards the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Each winning poet will receive $2,500 ($1,000 cash prize and $1,500 honorarium to cover expenses of reading in Madison). Prizes are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original poetry submitted in an open competition. Each manuscript submitted will be considered for both prizes. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter, although translations are not acceptable. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded in February of each calendar year, with publishing contracts to follow soon thereafter.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts received September 1 through October 1 each calendar year will be considered. Manuscripts postmarked before September 1 or after September 30 will be returned unread.


All submissions must be unbound (no binders, clamps, etc., please), typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and should be 50–80 manuscript pages in length.

Manuscripts may be typed single-spaced with a double space in between stanzas, or may be double-spaced.

Clean photocopies are acceptable.

Poet’s name, address, and telephone number should appear on the title page.

The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included but must be acknowledged.

No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance.


A $25.00 non-refundable reading fee must accompany each manuscript, and covers entry to both prizes. Please make check or money order payable to “The University of Wisconsin Press.” Do not send cash or stamps. Foreign entries: please remit reading fee in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose return packaging.

For contest results, enclose a stamped, self-addressed business envelope (no postcards, please).

First Class or Priority Mail is preferred. It is not necessary to send your manuscript via a Federal Express service.

Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet agrees to inform the Press of the manuscript’s acceptance for publication elsewhere.


Qualified readers appointed by the Press will screen all manuscripts. The final selections will be made by a distinguished poet who will remain anonymous until the winner is announced in mid-February.


Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes
c/o Ronald Wallace, UW Press Poetry Series Editor
Department of English
600 N. Park Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706


Texas Review Press George Garrett Fiction Prize Competition

1 September 2008

Rules and Guidelines

Mail to: Texas Review Press

Department of English
Sam Houston State University
Box 2146
Huntsville, TX 77341-2146

1. Submitted manuscripts must be postmarked by September 15.
2. Manuscripts may be up to 250 pages in length.
3. Manuscripts are handled as blind submissions at all levels of the judging process.
4. Manuscripts must be submitted to the address above with two title pages—one with the author’s name, address, and telephone number, and one without.
5. The author’s name must not appear on any other page of the manuscript.
6. The envelope label should be clearly labeled “George Garrett Fiction Prize Competition.”
7. SASE must be included for the purpose of a reply only; manuscripts will not be returned.
8. A reading fee of $20 must accompany each manuscript. Checks should be made out to “Friends of the Texas Review Press.”
9. Each person who enters the contest will receive a one-year subscription to The Texas Review, and will also receive discounts on winning books.
10. The winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $200 and publication.
11. The manuscripts are first judged by a network of published writers. The final ranking is concluded by major American writers.
12. All judges have pledged to return to TRP immediately any manuscript whose author they have identified. Any manuscripts so returned will be sent to another initial judge. In the case of a finalist manuscript being returned, it will be an automatic finalist in the following year’s competition.

NOTE: Some years we publish the best book of short fiction and the best novel.

2008 PRINCEMERE Poetry Contest

1 September 2008

Princemere Poetry Journal announces its 2008 poetry prize of $250 for the single best
poem submitted to the competition.

$250 and publication for the best unpublished poem in any style
September 30, 2008 postmark deadline (hard copies only)
Entry fee: $5 for three poems
All submissions considered for publication (author will be contacted for permission)
Princemere staff and their family members are not eligible to participate
Entry Format:

We prefer that the poet’s name not appear on the poems.
We prefer that entries be single-spaced.
Please include a cover letter or title page with the poet’s name, contact information, and the titles of poems.

Send a check or money order (payable to PRINCEMERE/ Gordon College) to:

Princemere Poetry Journal
2008 Poetry Prize
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984

Poems will be judged anonymously.

Winner and runners-up will be announced in January.

Include SASE for notification and return of manuscript.

Direct inquiries to

The University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series

1 September 2008

Enid Shomer, Series Editor

The University of Arkansas Press’s Inaugural
$5000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize
For submissions in September and October of 2008
One finalist and three semi-finalists will be awarded in 2010

In addition to the Prize the finalist will give a featured reading at the Arkansas Festival of Writers sponsored by the University’s Programs in Creative Writing and Translation.

The poetry prize is named in honor of Miller Williams, one of America’s finest poets and cofounder and first director of the University of Arkansas Press. Williams was also a codirector of the University of Arkansas’s nationally recognized creative writing program. As the director of the UA Press, Williams published the work of many outstanding poets and writers, including that of Billy Collins, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Mezey, R. S. Thomas, Frank Stanford, and John Ciardi. He is known to many as the poet who read a poem at Bill Clinton’s 1997 presidential inauguration.

Submission Requirements (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

The University of Arkansas Press invites submissions of manuscripts each fall for its poetry series. We are committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets. The only criterion is excellence.

1. The series is open to all book-length manuscripts of 60 to 90 pages, except translations. Individual poems may have been published in journals and anthologies.
2. The series editor requests that no former or present students, friends, or family members submit manuscripts for consideration.
3. We request that anyone whose manuscript has been selected for publication in our poetry series wait three years before submitting another poetry manuscript for consideration.
4. No more than one manuscript per author, please.
5. Submissions will be accepted annually during the months of September and October. The postmark deadline for entries is October 31. (Please do not send revisions once you have sent a manuscript.) Four manuscripts will be chosen by the following July 1.
6. Manuscripts should be typed or machine-printed, single-spaced, with no more than one poem per page. Please include an acknowledgments page detailing the publication history of individual poems in the manuscript. No electronic submissions.
7. There is a reading fee of $25 payable by check or money order to the University of Arkansas Press. (Please do not send cash.)
8. We accept simultaneously submitted manuscripts provided we are notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere.
9. All entries will be judged anonymously. Please enclose two title pages with your submission: one page should include only the title of the manuscript and the other should list the title of the manuscript and the poet’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a brief, biographical statement. The poet’s name must not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
10. If you wish to be notified that your ma
nuscript was received, please include an SAS postcard.
11. If you submit a #10 SASE along with your manuscript, you will be notified of our decisions by July 1. The four selections will be announced on our Web site ( by mid-July.
12. Manuscripts will be recycled rather than returned.
13. Send your manuscript, reading fee, and other information to:

Poetry Series
University of Arkansas Press
105 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tilt Press Chapbook

1 September 2008

Tilt Press is proud to announce its first open reading period for poetry chapbook manuscripts
for emerging poets only – poets who have not yet published a chapbook or full length collection
of work.

If you are an emerging poet looking to publish your first chapbook manuscript, please read our

Open Reading Period: July 1, 2008—September 30, 2008

Submission Guidelines:

¨ We only take electronic submissions. Please email your manuscript as a .doc attachment to

Include your full name in the subject line followed by the title of your manuscript, e.g. – Jill Smith—Bridges Under Water

¨ Send between 15-22 pages of poetry, numbered.

¨ Include two title pages: One with the title of your manuscript, full name, and contact information.
One with only the title of your manuscript.

¨ Include a table of contents and an acknowledgements page. We do accept individual poems within the manuscript
that have been previously published in journals, but please acknowledge those publications.

¨ In the body of your email, please include a cover letter and biography.

¨ Simultaneous submissions are welcome, as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript
has been selected for publication elsewhere.

¨ Response time will vary. We intend to inform our shortlist of 10 that their manuscripts are under consider for the three spots. We estimate a final decision by mid-November of 2008.

¨ At this time, we do not have a reading fee.

Thank You,
Tilt Editors