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Judge: Brian Blanchfield

January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

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 Brian Blanchfield.

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently the essay collection Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016, and by Picador UK in 2017. For Proxies he was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, and for his books of poetry he has received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and a 2015 Howard Foundation Fellowship. His recent nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, BOMB, Brick, Conjunctions, and The Oxford American, among other journals and magazines. He teaches creative writing and literature at The University of Idaho.

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 Brian Blanchfield 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 2018.

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 book from our 2018 spring catalog (which will include these titles). Books will ship in April; 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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Judge: CAConrad

January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

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 CAConrad.

CAConrad is the author of nine books of poetry and essays; the latest is titled While Standing in Line for Death from Wave Books (2017) and previous collections include ECODEVIANCE, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, and The Book of Frank. Conrad is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Object, and Ucross. For information on CAConrad's books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (from Delinquent Films 2016), please visit  http://bit.ly/88CAConrad.

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 CAConrad 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 2018.

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 book from our 2018 spring catalog (which will include these titles). Books will ship in April; please make sure that the address listed in your Submittable account is up to date.

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

Ends on April 1, 2018$28.00
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Judges: Samuel Amadon, Leora Fridman, and Jane Lewty

January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

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: Samuel Amadon, Leora Fridman, and Jane Lewty.

Samuel Amadon is the author of Like a Sea (University of Iowa Press), The Hartford Book (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), and Listener (Solid Objects), which is forthcoming in 2018. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches in the MFA program and runs the poetry journal Oversound with Liz Countryman.

Leora Fridman is author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), in addition to other books of poetry, prose, and translation. A 2017 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books and Real Time & Space, her work appears or is forthcoming in the New York Times, The Rumpus, Tricycle Magazine, Open Space, jubilat and Jacket2. Her work has been supported with grants and honors from institutions including Caldera, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. More at leorafridman.com.

Jane Lewty is the author of Bravura Cool (1913 Press, 2013), winner of the 1913 First Book Prize in 2011, and In One Form To Find Another, selected for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competition in 2016. She has also co-edited two essay collections, Broadcasting Modernism (University of Florida Press, 2010) and Pornotopias: Image, Desire, Apocalypse (Litteraria Pragensia, 2009). She has taught at universities in the UK, The Netherlands, and the USA.

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 2018.

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 book from our 2018 spring catalog (which will include these titles). Books will ship in April; please make sure that the address listed in your Submittable account is up to date.

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