Judge: Hanif Abdurraqib 

January 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

The  Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for our Essay Collection Competition; the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will  be judged Hanif Abdurraqib.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publishers Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a book on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, February 2019), the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo' (Random House, 2020).

Eligibility

1.  All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications; manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. Translations are not eligible.

2.  Intimate friends, relatives, or current and former students of Hanif Abdurraqib are not eligible to submit. Faculty, staff, students, and  alumni of Cleveland State University or the Northeast Ohio MFA Program (NEOMFA) are not eligible to submit their work.

Guidelines & Notes

1.  Make sure to record your most current information (name, manuscript  title, address, phone number, and email address) in your Submittable  account; this is the information we will use to contact you. No other cover page or biographical information should be included in your  submission and your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. You may include an acknowledgments page that lists previously published essays.

2. Multiple submissions are welcome and simultaneous submissions are acceptable (please inform us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere).

3. The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a list of  winners and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website in late summer/early fall of 2019.

To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are not eligible).

2.  There is a $28 reading fee, which must be paid through Submittable. As a token of our appreciation for your readership and support of  innovative literary publishing we will mail each writer a recent book from our catalog. Please make sure that the address listed in your  Submittable account is up to date.

3. Email poetrycenter@csuohio.edu with any further questions.

Judge: Brenda Hillman

January 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for our First Book Poetry Competition; the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will  be judged by Brenda Hillman.

Brenda Hillman is the author of 10 collections from Wesleyan University Press, most recently Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018), Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), and Practical Water (2011). Her collection Bright Existence (1993) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has co-edited volumes by Richard O. Moore and has recently co-translated At Your Feet,  the poems of Ana Cristina Cesar (Free Verse Editions, 2018). She lives in the Bay Area and is Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Eligibility

1. Manuscripts are eligible for the First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of their poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies. Translations are not eligible.

2. Intimate friends, relatives, or current and former students of Brenda Hillman are not eligible  to submit. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Cleveland State University or the Northeast Ohio MFA Program (NEOMFA) are not eligible  to submit.

Guidelines & Notes

1. Make sure to record your most current information (name, manuscript  title, address, phone number, and email address) in your Submittable account; this is the information we will use to contact you. No other cover page or biographical information should be included in your  submission and your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. You may include an acknowledgments page that lists previously published poems.

2. Multiple submissions are welcome and simultaneous submissions are acceptable (please inform us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere).

3. The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a list of  winners and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website in late summer/early fall of 2019.


To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are not eligible).

2. There is a $28 reading fee, which must be paid through Submittable. As a token of our appreciation for your readership and support of innovative literary publishing we will mail each writer a recent book from our catalog. Please make sure that the address listed in your  Submittable account is up to date.

3. Email poetrycenter@csuohio.edu with any further questions.

Judges: Nicholas Gulig, Dora Malech, & Sheila McMullin

January 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for our Open Book Poetry Competition;  the winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty  contract. This year’s contest will be judged by a panel of previous CSU  authors: Nicholas Gulig, Dora Malech, and Sheila McMullin. 

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai American poet from Wisconsin and the author of Orient, North of Order, and Book of Lake. Currently he resides in Fort Atkinson, WI and works as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Dora Malech is the author of Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018), Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (The Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New YorkerPoetryThe Best American PoetryPoetry London, The Kenyon ReviewLana Turner, and Tin House.  She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Sheila McMullin is the author of daughterrarium, winner of the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize chosen by Daniel Borzutzky. She co-edited the collections Humans of Ballou and The Day Tajon Got Shot from Shout Mouse Press. She is a community organizer working with youth to amplify their voices through storytelling and civic participation. She holds an M.F.A. from George Mason University and volunteers to maintain the free little libraries in her neighborhood. Find more about her writing, editing, and activism online at www.moonspitpoetry.com.

Eligibility

1. Manuscripts are eligible for the Open Book Poetry Competition if the  author has published at least one full-length collection of original  poetry in English (of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies). ** This competition is not open to first books. ** Translations are not eligible.

2. Intimate friends, relatives, or current and former students of the panel of the judges are not eligible to submit. Faculty, staff,  students, and alumni of Cleveland State University or the Northeast Ohio  MFA Program (NEOMFA) are not eligible to submit their work.

Guidelines & Notes

1. Make sure to record your most current information (name, manuscript  title, address, phone number, and email address) in your Submittable account; this is the information we will use to contact you. No other cover page or biographical information should be included in your  submission and your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. You may include an acknowledgments page that lists previously published  poems.

2. Multiple submissions are welcome and simultaneous submissions are acceptable (please inform us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere).

3. The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a list of  winners and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website in late summer/early fall of 2019.


To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are not eligible).

2.  There is a $28 reading fee, which must be paid through Submittable. As a token of our appreciation for your readership and support of  innovative literary publishing we will mail each writer a recent book  from our catalog. Please make sure that the address listed in your  Submittable account is up to date.

3. Email poetrycenter@csuohio.edu with any further questions.

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