Archive for May 2nd, 2009

Pilot Books Meddling Kids Series

2 May 2009

Pilot Books will hold our first open reading period in May of 2009 to select a manuscript to be published in our new Meddling Kids Series. Please submit 2 printed copies of your original poetry manuscript (10-25 pages of verse)
postmarked between May 1st-May 31st , 2009. Include two cover pages–one with manuscript title, your name, address, email and phone; another with manuscript title only. Manuscripts will be logged in by an impartial third party, read anonymously by the editors and a panel of outside readers. A selection of finalists may be asked to submit their manuscript electronically. No SASE necessary, we will communicate via email. Post your entries, along with a $10 reading fee to the address below. (All entry $$ will fund the production of the selected manuscript.)

Pilot Books
39 Lilly Street
Florence, MA 01020

The Akron Series in Poetry

2 May 2009

The Akron Series in Poetry was founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,000 and publication of his or her book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2009 is Martín Espada. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Guidelines for Submission
1. Manuscripts must be typed and consecutively numbered, for a total length of at least 48 pages. Clear photocopies are acceptable. Please, do not send manuscripts bound or enclosed in covers.
2. Manuscripts must include a cover page (with author’s name, address, phone number, and manuscript title), a title page (with no biographical information), and an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in periodicals. Please do not submit manuscripts that have the author’s name on each page. Manuscripts go to the final judge blind.
3. Manuscripts must be postmarked between May 1 and June 15 of each year. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but The University of Akron Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
4. An entry fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submission. Make check or money order payable to The University of Akron Press. The canceled check will serve as notification of receipt.
5. Contest results will be posted on our website by September 30. No manuscripts can be returned.
6. Books accepted for the Akron Series in Poetry must exhibit three essential qualities: mastery of language, maturity of feeling, and complexity of thought. The University of Akron Press is committed to publishing poetry that, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the final judge (students in an academic, degree-conferring program or its equivalent) are not eligible to enter the 2009 Akron Poetry Prize competition.

Send manuscripts to:
The Akron Poetry Prize
The University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

For further questions on the submission of manuscripts to the UAP poetry series, contact:

Series Editor Mary Biddinger
University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

Poetry Midwest Call for Submissions

2 May 2009

Poetry Midwest, a downloadable online literary journal, seeks poetry, micro-fiction, and creative non-fiction brief (prose limit is 350 words) for the End of Summer 2009 and other future issues. Poetry Midwest is published three times per year as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Deadline for the End of Summer 2009 issue is June 15, 2009, or thereabouts.

To submit, send up to 3 poems or 1 piece of micro-fiction or creative non-fiction under 350 words in the body of an email message to with the subject line “Poetry Midwest Submission: your real name” where “your real name” is your actual name and not the name of your email account. Please DO NOT send email attachments.

Full submission guidelines can be found on our web site at

Please address any inquiries to