Poetry Manuscript Contests

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you. Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice. It works like this: You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle. The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city. Here’s what we need from you: An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email. In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please) A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted. Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done! Some important points to remember: Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in...

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Call for submissions: the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Milkweed Editions is pleased to open submissions for the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. This annual prize awards $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript. Finalists will be selected by the editors of Milkweed Editions. The winner will be selected by an independent judge. The judge for the 2015 prize will be *Dana Levin. Poets currently residing in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin are eligible to be considered for the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Manuscripts must be complete, previously unpublished, book-length collections. Submissions will be accepted from December 12, 2014 until February 15, 2015, with the winning collection to be announced in April 2015. Hard copy submissions only, please. Emailed or online submissions will not be considered. There is no entry fee. For complete eligibility and submission guidelines, please visit our website: http://milkweed.org/about-us/editorial/lindquist-vennum-prize-for-poetry/   *DANA LEVIN is the author of three collections of poems. Her first, In the Surgical Theater was awarded the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won several Pushcart Prizes. She currently resides Santa Fe and teaches at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Warren Wilson College. Contact info: LINDQUIST & VENNUM PRIZE FOR POETRY • MILKWEED EDITIONS • 1011 WASHINGTON AVENUE SOUTH • OPEN BOOK, SUITE 300 • MINNEAPOLIS, MN • 55415 Visit the website for details:  http://milkweed.org/about-us/editorial/lindquist-vennum-prize-for-poetry/ QUERIES:...

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NEGATIVE CAPABILITY PRESS POETRY BOOK CONTEST

CONTEST DETAILS: A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. Two runner-ups will be chosen for publication. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication in the future. The final judge is Amy King of New York. SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted online between June 18, 2014 and March 13, 2015 (entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CST)). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with an editor before the manuscript is published. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: All entries and payment should be made online through Submittable. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 50 pages to a maximum of 125 pages. Please submit your file in .doc, .docx format. Manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times. Please make your file name the same as your manuscript title. Include a single title page with only the manuscript title. Only one poem should appear on a page. Include a Table of Contents as well as an acknowledgments page listing poems that have been previously published. No more than ten poems may have been previously published in a book. There is no limit on the amount of poems that have been published in journals and magazines, but be aware that the editors prefer new work. The author’s name should appear nowhere in your manuscript or in the file name. We will  promote select work of the top three winners on Twitter, Facebook, and other venues. ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per manuscript. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. The $25 fee for each entry offsets administrative costs and supports ongoing Negative Capability Press publications. Visit the website: ...

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The 2nd Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

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...

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NEGATIVE CAPABILITY PRESS POETRY BOOK CONTEST

CONTEST DETAILS: A prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies will go to a single winner. Two runner-ups will be chosen for publication. Manuscripts that do not win will be considered for regular publication in the future. The final judge is Amy King of New York. SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted online, Deadline: October 15, 2014(entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CST)). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with an editor before the manuscript is published. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries and payment should be made online through Submittable. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 50 pages to a maximum of 125 pages. Please submit your file in .doc, .docx format. Manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times. Please make your file name the same as your manuscript title.  Include a single title page with only the manuscript title. Only one poem should appear on a page. Include a Table of Contents as well as an acknowledgments page listing poems that have been previously published. No more than ten poems may have been previously published in a book. There is no limit on the amount of poems that have been published in journals and magazines, but be aware that the editors prefer new work. The author’s name should appear nowhere in your manuscript or in the file name. ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per manuscript. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. Visit the website for details: ...

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Grayson Books Poetry Prize 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: Submit 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. Visit the website:...

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