Calls for Submissions
We will be adding various calls for
submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas
publishers when possible.
We will also be on the lookout for publication
opportunities that are unusual or just plain fun.
We will concentrate on opportunities in
which poets get paid for their work.
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!
Razia Sharif Sheikh Prizes
in Poetry and Nonfiction
Deadline Nov 1, 2017
The Oakland Arts Review invites undergraduates
nationwide to submit work to the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh
Prize in Nonfiction and The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize
in Poetry. Awards will be given to the best piece in each
genre that addresses the experience of being Muslim in
America. Winning pieces will speak to the experience — joys
and challenges — of being Muslim in America today in ways
that educate and inform our readers. Winning pieces may also
demonstrate an understanding of Islamic history, culture,
contributions, and / or its influence on society.
FIRST PRIZE: $500 and publication in OAR
SECOND PRIZE: $300 and publication in OAR
There is no fee to enter.
TO ENTER GO TO:
The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry
The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Nonfiction
Winners must be undergraduates currently enrolled in degree
granting colleges in the United States. Authors do not have
to identify as Muslim to be awarded the prize.
The Leonard L. Milberg ’53
High School Poetry Prize
Deadline: Nov 27, 2017
The Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize
recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th
grade. The jury consists of members of the Princeton
University Creative Writing faculty such as Michael Dickman,
Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith,
Susan Wheeler, and Monica Youn.
Online submissions are now being accepted for the 2018
contest — apply below. The application deadline is midnight
EST on Monday, November 27, 2017.
Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize
A note for high school teachers from Princeton:
Thank you for your interest in the Leonard L. Milberg ’53
High School Poetry Prize. While we encourage the inclusion
of poetry in the high school English curriculum, we ask you
to please refrain from using the contest as an occasion to
require all your students to submit a poem as a homework
assignment. If you read the poems from the past student
winners, you’ll see that they all carry a sense of urgency
and necessity that is difficult to conjure when a student is
obliged to submit a poem. Ideally, we hope motivated
students will choose to enter the contest, and that they’ll
come to see the writing and sharing of their poems as a joy
rather than an obligation.
Click here to submit
International Poetry Competition
Deadline: Nov 30, 2017
Please note this competition is in Ireland, so in
Texas, you might want to submit on or before Nov 29.
The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition
for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named
in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the
The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have
a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @
xe.com on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the
Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary
Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up
to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four
days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the
festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass
with Brian Turner.
There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250,
and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in
Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.
1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in
the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on
any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality,
living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work
is not in the scope of this competition.
2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged
anonymously, the entrant's name and contact details must be
on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please
quote the receipt number and the email address payment was
issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard
about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your
name should not appear on the same page as the poem to
ensure anonymity. No entry form is necessary.
3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per
batch of five. For postal entries from UK entrants, you may
pay UK£5 per poem, or UK£20 per batch of five. Entrants
outside of Ireland & the UK must pay by Paypal--the correct
Euro amount will be deducted from your account or credit
card in your own currency. You may submit as many entries as
you wish. Withdrawn poems (for any reason) will not be
eligible for refunds. Cheques and drafts from Ireland and
the UK must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE
CENTRE. No cash. No postal orders from outside of the
Republic of Ireland, please, as they cannot be redeemed
outside of the country of origin. (Postal Orders purchased
within the Republic of Ireland are a suitable form of
For more information:
The Munster Literature Centre
The 2018 UNT Rilke Prize
Deadline: Nov 30, 2017
An annual award of $10,000 recognizing a book that
demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a
mid-career poet and published in the preceding year.
Entrants must have published at least two previous books
of poetry and be U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens
of the United States.
Work must be original poetry written in English.
Books may be submitted by presses or by writers
themselves and must be postmarked by November 30, 2017.
Eligible books must have been published between November
1, 2016 and October 31,2017.
Each submission must include 3 copies of the book
and a completed entry form.
Self-published books will not be considered.
Chapbooks are not considered previous publications.
Finalists may be asked to submit further copies.
Books will not be returned.
The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and
in the DFW metroplex on April 11 and 12, 2018. UNT will pay
for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of
the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award.
Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order
to accept the prize.
Results will be announced in winter 2018.
The prize will be judged by UNT's poetry faculty.
Authors or publishers will mail completed entry form with
the three copies of the book submission.
Entry form (found
here). Please download to your desktop to complete
Mail entry form and 3 copies of book submission to:
The UNT Rilke Prize
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311307
Denton, TX 76203-5017
The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke
(1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of
ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical
mastery we seek to recognize.
White Stag Publishing
Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
One manuscript will be chosen & the author will be
$500 cash prize
20% royalty per copy sold, paid quarterly
20 free copies, plus one free copy of the other
Minimum page requirement is 40 pages. There is no maximum
All manuscripts must include a title page, table of contents
and page numbers.
Please do not include any author information within the
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 2018 with
publication releases at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.
There is a submission fee of $10, but you may submit up to
two full length collections in one submission. Please
separate each manuscript with a blank page in the document.
Submit through Submittable
2018 Levis Prize in Poetry
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Submissions Open Jan 1 - Mar 31
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 Dorianne Laux.
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.
If you have trouble submitting past 6 p.m. (EST) on March
31, please email us and we will honor your attempt to submit
by deadline and help you even after the deadline has passed.
Someone will get back to you on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks
for your interest in Four Way Books.
GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters)
Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in
Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a
chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must
Use a legible 12 point font.
Do not include art work.
Translations and previously self-published books are not
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.
If you pay the entry fee but fail to submit your
manuscript by the deadline, your fee will not be
Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is
Your work will be disqualified if your name or
contact info appears on the manuscript. Follow our
guidelines for placement of contact info.
Link to instructions for online submissions.
Instructions for Mailed Submissions:
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
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
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
Dorianne Laux that her 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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