Posts Tagged ‘poetry manuscripts’


10 March 2020

an annual competition in honor of Vern Cowles, a man who loved literature

Reading Fee: $25 payable through our Submittable page.
Award, contest deadline of April 1, 2020: $2,000 and 30 copies for the author, publication and distribution of a full-length poetry manuscript with a full-color perfect-bound cover.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Individual poems in the manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.
  • Open to any living poet writing in English, age 18 or older, regardless of publication history.
  • Send 48-100 pages of poetry–any style or theme–with a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.
  • The page count doesn’t include the table of contents or acknowledgments.
  • Manuscripts must be typed, each manuscript page numbered, with the following information submitted in the cover letter field on Submittable:
    • Contest title
    • Manuscript title
    • Author name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Email (if available)
    • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee must accompany each manuscript.
  • If you would like a copy of the winning book, please enclose a total payment of $32 ($7 for the book).
  • Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Employees and students of Southeast Missouri State University Press are not eligible.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

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THE 2016 Lummox Press Poetry Prize

24 April 2016

A winner will be selected from entrants who pay the $15 reading fee to LUMMOX 5. Those entrants who do not win, will receive a copy of the Prize winner’s chapbook. If a copy of LUMMOX 5 is desired, it may be purchased for $18 + Shipping. Contact for questions.

ISM is the theme for LUMMOX 5 and the Poetry Contest. What’s an ISM? Visit the Wiki Page for answers (and here for examples).


The 2016 Lummox Press Poetry Prize will award publication of 40 copies of a chapbook of poetry (56 pages max), plus $200 to the winner, plus a mini-feature in LUMMOX 5 (L5); second and third place winners will also be published in the mini-feature in L5. All Contest entrants will receive a copy of the chapbook. Please read ALL of the guidelines below…


There is a non-refundable online application fee of $15.


SUBMIT via email no later than May 31, 2016 to Raindog

The author must hold all rights to the POETRY. No manuscript submission is necessary to win! Submit, via email, 3 poems and include your NAME, your PEN NAME (if different), your CONTACT INFO and a short bio (100 words or less).

The Winning poet will be asked to provide a manuscript of up to 56 pages in a single document and sent to Raindog. Payment can be made via the Pay Pal button below (preferred) or by check/cash via Lummox Press, PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733. The winning chapbook may include poems previously published in a periodical, anthology, or on the web but the manuscript as a whole may not have been published as substantially the same work. Please provide where and when the work was previously published.


Each poem will contain no more than 70 lines (including spaces between title, stanza/verses and title).

Use Times New Roman 12 pt font, single spaced. DO NOT paginate or format in any way (we’ll take care of that). The text must be written in English and must be solely the author’s work.

Please, no Simultaneous submissions.

Skillman Bio:

Judith Skillman’s new book is House of Burnt Offerings from Pleasure Boat Studio. She is the author of Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press 2013. Her work has appeared in Tampa Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, The Iowa Review, and other journals. She taught in the field of humanities for twenty-five years, and has collaboratively translated poems from Italian, Portuguese, and French. Currently she works on manuscript review. Visit

For previous examples of poetry, please look at a copy of LUMMOX 2, the annual anthology published by Lummox Press. Lummox Press does not discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, race or sexual orientation, but is very discriminating in choosing the work it publishes. This means that I want your best work.

The deadline is May 31, 2016. Remember the online application fee of $15 is non-refundable. Pay with the Donation button below. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning poet’s chapbook.

Email questions to and write Lummox Prize in the subject line.

Please check the website,, for updates and further information. The winner and finalists will be announced via email.

Questions regarding PRINT submission can be sent via email address above or via mail to this address: Attn: Poetry Prize c/o PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733

How to enter:

42 Miles Press

18 January 2016

42 Miles Poetry Award

March 1, 2016
Entry Fee:


E-mail address:

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David Dodd Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 1. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

42 Miles Press, 42 Miles Poetry Award, Indiana University, English Department, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, P.O. Box 7111, South Bend, IN 46634.

The 2nd Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

11 October 2014

CLICK HERE to see this year’s winner.

Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Prize: $500 + Publication no later than early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies
Guest Judge: Sara Sargent

Sara Sargent is an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She acquires young adult fiction. Most recently she was an Associate Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Sara started her publishing career as an intern at Miramax Books at the age of 17 before eventually interning at Disney/Hyperion Books for Children, getting her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern, and joining the editorial team at Harper. She is also Chair of the Young to Publishing Group. Sara has a soft spot for sweeping romance and kissing in YA. You can sometimes find her eating takeout and reading on the couch. You can always find her on Twitter and Instagram at Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.

The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. A copy of the publishing contract for your perusal can be downloaded HERE.

Manuscripts are judged by Vine Leaves Literary Journal staff, and guest judge, Sara Sargent. This competition is open to vignettes in English (poetry and/or prose), written by authors anywhere in the world. Individual pieces in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished (this includes previously self-published books.)

Employees of Vine Leaves Literary Journal are not eligible to enter.

Manuscript Requirements

Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript, plus $25 fee via Submishmash (poetry: 60 poems max; prose: approx 800 words maximum per piece, 20,000 words max in total; each vignette must begin on a new page. Collections may be a mixture of both poetry and prose.)

Manuscripts should be submitted with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Include two cover pages, one with your name, address, email address, and title of the manuscript, and a second with only the title of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you withdraw your manuscript from Submishmash immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Before you submit a manuscript, please consider exploring the work published in the Vine Leaves Literary Journal to familiarize yourself with the kind of work we are looking for.

Kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript. The electronic submission manager offers automated confirmations. We receive thousands of submissions each year and can no longer offer individual acknowledgments beyond these. Thank you for your understanding.

Results will be announced on, or before, the following dates:

Quarter-Finalists: March 30, 2015
Semi-Finalists: April 30, 2015 (will also be considered for publication)
Grand Finalist: April 30, 2015

Online Submission

The online submission system will be accepting Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award manuscripts between June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015., 12 PM, EET.

Visit the website to submit online:

*We are an independent, nonprofit literary journal. Submission fees help cover, though not fully, the prize money, publishing costs, and time reviewing manuscripts.

Grayson Books Poetry Prize 2014

6 July 2014

The 2014 Grayson Books Poetry Prize, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions!

Deadline is Aug. 15th, 2014. Use below link to submission manager for electronic submission or visit our website:

or send with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, PO 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. If sending by mail, include two cover pages (one with complete contact info, one with no contact info) along with your 50-80 page manuscript, and SASE for results.

Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable if we are notified immediately on acceptance elsewhere. Dick Allen, Connecticut State Poet Laureate and author of eight poetry collections, is our judge.

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The Medulla Review – First Poetry Book Contest

25 October 2012

The Medulla Review/Medulla Publishing is hosting the first ever

Medulla Poetry Book Contest for full-length poetry manuscripts.  

The first place winners will receive $500 in addition to publication.  

Prizes for second and third place winners too.  

The entry fee is $20

The contest will run from September 15, 2012 to June 15, 2013,

and the winning book will be published in August, 2013.

The guidelines are here: