2020 Lighthouse Poetry Series

January 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Judge: Randall Mann

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for the Lighthouse Poetry Series. The Lighthouse Poetry Series publishes contemporary poetry from poets with any history of publication. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Randall Mann.

Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Proprietary (Persea Books, 2017), and one collection of criticism, The Illusion of Intimacy: On Poetry (Diode Editions, 2019). His fifth book of poems, A Better Life, is forthcoming in April 2021 from Persea. His writing appears in Poetry, The Paris Review, Lit Hub, Poem-A-Day, Asian American Literary Review, and in numerous anthologies. He is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry and the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. Randall lives in San Francisco. 


1. The Lighthouse Poetry Series is open to poets with any history of publication. Translations are not eligible. 

2. Intimate friends, relatives, or current and former students of Randall Mann 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. Manuscripts should be 55 pages minimum, 150 pages maximum. No biographical information should be included in your submission and your name should not appear 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 2020.

To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .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 your 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.

Cleveland State University Poetry Center