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$25.00 USD

Deadline: April 1, 2020
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may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.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.

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