$25.00

Deadline: November 1, 2023

Reading Fee: $25

Prize: $2,000, publication, and 30 copies for the author

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may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.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 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 acknowledgements page for any previously published poems.


  • The page count doesn’t include the table of contents or acknowledgements.


  • Manuscripts must be typed, each manuscript page numbered, with the following information entered 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.


  • 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.



Winner and finalists will be announced in the winter following the contest deadline, on our website.

For further information, Carrie at upress@semo.edu.

Southeast Missouri State University Press