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!
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
FOR ENTRIES SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 30, 2016
1st PRIZE……… $1160.00 (one month’s salary @ $7.25 minimum
2nd PRIZE……… $ 580.00 (two weeks’ wages @ $7.25 minimum
3rd PRIZE………. $ 58.00 (8 hour day @ $7.25 minimum wage)
FOR ENTRIES SUBMITTED JANUARY 1 - FEBRUARY 28, 2017
1st PRIZE……… $1074 (1 month’s salary @ minimum wage minus
2nd PRIZE……… $ 537 (2 weeks @ minimum wage minus deductions)
3rd PRIZE………..$ 53 (8 hour day @ minimum wage minus
$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
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
$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 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.
Submit through Submittable
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
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.
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
Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is
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 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 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