19 October 2013


MANUSCRIPTS should include a brief cover letter that includes author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, book title, and brief biography; an acknowledgment’s page listing previously published poems; table of contents; 48–112 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript (as requested). *Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, & page numbered, and may contain author’s name and information.

*Note to Poets: In an effort to make life easier on you (so you don’t have to reformat your entire manuscript) and easier on us (so we don’t have a clerical nightmare), book-contest submissions are not “blind.”  (Frankly, we don’t really believe that even “blind” submissions are truly blind, but that’s another story).  Our editors read poems, not bios.  So it really doesn’t matter who you are.  What is your writing like?  We have published debuts from authors with very few publications and we have published seasoned author’s with previous books.  We can totally, honestly, and ethically say that we have never/will never publish a collection based on who the poet is or where the poet is from. The poems matter. That is all.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. We are simply looking for the best poetry we can find.  When Poets & Writers asked us what we were looking for, here was our response (maybe it will help you consider submitting):  “We like honest voices, stunning imagery, and language so good we get chills reading it.  We like books that open themselves, invite us to sit in comfortable chairs, and speak to us like we’re equals in an imbalanced world.  Mainly, we want to publish poetry with a pulse in the heart of the Central Valley for as long as we live here.”

PRIZE: Winner receives $1000, a publishing contract with generous royalties paid to the author for every book sold, and 15 free copies of published book.

$25 READING FEE: Make checks payable to “Quercus Review Press”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Postmarked by Friday, December 13th, 2013.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO Quercus Review Press, MJC English Dept., 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

CONTACT: pierstorffs@mjc.edu / 209-575-6183

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