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Calls for Submissions

Please note that we will be adding various calls for submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas publishers. We will also be on the lookout for publication opportunities that are unusual or just plain fun.
Your best chance for publication (in addition to writing brilliant poetry, of course) is to follow the guidelines exactly, including the style and
format of the submitted poetry. Good luck!


Public Poetry
Work Poetry Contest

Deadline: February 28


You are invited to respond to the theme of ‘WORK’ ” with poems that reflect activities, experiences, feelings, thoughts, the way that work impacts your life, etc.


Three prizes will be awarded on May 1, 2017; the amount of the prize depends on when you enter. The entry fee is unchanged whenever you submit, but the prize is reduced for later entries. Pubic Poetry Members may submit in January and February and the prize amount is not reduced. For membership information click HERE.

1st PRIZE……… $1160.00 (one month’s salary @ $7.25 minimum wage)
2nd PRIZE……… $ 580.00 (two weeks’ wages @ $7.25 minimum wage)
3rd PRIZE………. $ 58.00 (8 hour day @ $7.25 minimum wage)

1st PRIZE……… $1074 (1 month’s salary @ minimum wage minus deductions)
2nd PRIZE……… $ 537 (2 weeks @ minimum wage minus deductions)
3rd PRIZE………..$ 53 (8 hour day @ minimum wage minus deductions)

$7.25 single poem (Oct. Nov. Dec 2016 only)
3 poems for $20
5 poems for $30

Submissions will not be considered If you do not submit the correct payment.



ELIGIBILITY: no limitations

POEM LENGTH: 40 lines maximum;

NUMBER OF POEMS: No limit; each poem must have a separate page and a title. If Untitled, write “Untitled” and put the first three words of the first line in parenthesis.

ENTRIES: On Submittable only; no emails or hard copy.




Poems will be judged blind by a panel composed of people from different sectors of the economy.


Winners will be announced May 1, 2017



White Stage Publishing

Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Two manuscripts will be chosen & each author will be awarded:

  • $500 cash prize

  • Book publication

  • 20% royalty per copy sold, paid quarterly

  • 20 free copies, plus one free copy of the other published title


Minimum page requirement is 40 pages. There is no maximum page requirement.
All manuscripts must include a title page, table of contents and page numbers.
Please do not include any author information within the actual manuscript.

​Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us right away if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

What we are looking for:
White Stag Publishing strives to publish only the deepest emotion, the rawest of images, the most unique language & syntax. We want manuscripts that take us into a whole new [sur]reality, voices so strong they're engrained in us, perspectives from people who may otherwise feel unheard. There is no theme for the contest, but please review our previous themes/issues of White Stag Journal to get a sense of what we like publish. We do not tolerate any racism, sexism, womanizing, homophobia, or animal cruelty so please don't send us any!

Chosen titles will be announced in the spring of 2017 with publication releases at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

There is a submission fee of $15, but you may submit up to two full length collections in one submission. Please separate each manuscript with a blank page in the document.


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2017 Levis Prize in Poetry

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The contest is open to all poets, regardless of publication history, for a book-length collection of poetry. This year’s contest will be judged by Carl Phillips.

The award includes publication by Four Way Books, a reading in New York City, and $1000.


For mailed entries: postmarked March 31, 2017. For online entries:  via submission manager by April 1 at 3 AM EST, to accommodate poets in the Pacific time zone.


GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters)

  • Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in English.
    Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.

  • Use a legible 12 point font.

  • Do not include art work.

  • You may include a list of acknowledgements if you wish.

  • There are no length requirements save that book-length collections of poetry usually run between 48 and 80 pages of text.

  • You may submit multiple manuscripts, but each must be treated as an individual submission, submitted separately, and each requires an entry fee of $30.00 per submission. Each must have complete contact info, etc

  • Follow additional guidelines below for placement of contact info. Your work will be disqualified if your name or contact info appears on the manuscript itself.

  • If you pay the entry fee but fail to submit your manuscript by the deadline, your fee will not be returned.

  • Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere


Link to instructions for online submissions.

Instructions for Mailed Submissions:

  • USPS only. No Fed Ex or UPS, for example.

  • Please include a completed Entry Form. Click here to download the Entry Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the Entry Form.)

  • Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

  • You must include a second cover page with just the title of your work, no other contact info.

  • Include an entry fee of $30 with your submission, by check, made payable to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to confirm receipt of manuscript.

  • Mail submission and entry fee of 30.00 to:

Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014

The winner will be notified by email or phone no later than Labor Day. Submitters will be notified by email only. The result will also be posted on our website by Labor Day.

We do not return manuscripts. We do not offer editorial feedback to submitters.

Each manuscript is delivered to the readers as a blind submission, stripped of identifying material whether it is submitted online or by mail. Only the manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the readers and, if chosen as a finalist, to the judge who does not receive a list of submitters or titles.

Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to Carl Phillips that his integrity, your integrity, and the integrity of Four Way Books would be called into question should you be selected as the winner. You may query Four Way Books if you have questions regarding this matter. Please query by email to editors@fourwaybooks.com.

Preliminary readers for the contest are selected by the director of the press and are published poets, experienced editors and/or poets who have received a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Each manuscript is read by at least two readers. Readers are regularly rotated, and students are not employed to read manuscripts.

Readers select approximately 50 manuscripts as finalist selections. They look for work that is beautifully crafted, manuscripts that feel whole and well-shaped. They do not try to second-guess a judge’s preference. Rather, they look to present a wide range of excellent work to the judge.

Finalists are notified in May or June that their work will be sent on to the judge. On occasion, a judge may ask to see more work but the judge is not allowed to ask for specific work by a specific writer, but may ask to see a wider sampling of strong work. If that is the case, the press reviews the submissions again and more manuscripts are sent to the judge as finalists. Therefore, we do not inform the public of finalist selections since that list may grow after the first culling.

The judge is instructed to notify the press of any indiscretions. If a submitter contacts the judge regarding the contest, that person will be disqualified. If the judge does not select a winner, the press’s director and senior editors will select a finalist’s manuscript to publish.


Four Ways Books



Arte Público Press

Accepts submissions year-round


Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
Arte Público Press, affiliated with the University of Houston, specializes in publishing contemporary novels, short stories, poetry and drama based on U.S. Hispanic (Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and others) cultural issues and themes. Arte Público also is interested in reference works and non-fiction studies, especially of Hispanic civil rights, women’s issues and history. Manuscripts, queries, synopses, outlines, proposals, introductory chapters, etc. are accepted in either English or Spanish, although the majority of our publications are in English.

Response time is 2-4 months for queries and proposals and 3-6 months for manuscripts.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with our current and previous titles, as well as specialized fields, and send only the material relevant to our publishing needs. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we get each year, we would advise that the writer take time to distinguish whether or not his/her work is appropriate for APP so that response time is diminished. Arte Publico recommends that writers include an introductory sample of the manuscript instead of sending the entire manuscript.

Please submit your manuscript using the Manuscript Submission Form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Arte Publico Submissions Email.


Arte Publico Complete Submissions Guidelines

See more at: https://artepublicopress.com/submissions/#sthash.de6gSdJ5.dpuf



Harbinger Asylum

Accepts submissions year-round

Harbinger Asylum is a quarterly print journal published by Transcendent Zero Press. We accept submissions year round. We are looking for poetry by newcomers, as well as academics and established poets. We seek interesting black and white photos that express serene or joyous moments, interesting moments of friction, or have the appearance of abstract entities. We also love to see art by contemporary artists whose style is graceful, avant-garde, and/or modern.


Deadlines for each quarter:
March 15- Spring
July 15- Summer
October 15- Fall
December 15- Winter

Harbinger Asylum Website