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Judge: Renee Gladman

January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

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 Renee Gladman.

Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out across the fields of poetry, fiction, and essay. She is the author of nine works of prose, including the Ravicka novels Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) as well as Calamities (2016), a collection of essays published by Wave Books. Recent writings and drawings have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Stonecutter, and Best American Experimental Writing. A longtime publisher and bookmaker, her projects include Clamour (1996-1999), Leroy Chapbook series (1999-2003), and Leon Works (since 2005). She is the recipient of a 2014-2015 fellowship from The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a 2016 grant to artists from Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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 Renee Gladman 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/update 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 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 2017.

To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are no longer eligible).

2. There is a $28 reading fee, which must be paid through Submittable. This year, as a token of our appreciation for your readership and support of innovative literary publishing we will mail each writer a book from our 2017 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. Please email poetrycenter@csuohio.edu with any further questions.

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Judges: Rebecca Gayle Howell, Lo Kwa Mei-en, & Lee Upton

January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

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: Rebecca Gayle Howell, Lo Kwa Mei-en, & Lee Upton.

Rebecca Gayle Howell's forthcoming book, American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize, will be released by London's Eyewear Publishing in early 2017. Howell is also the author of Render / An Apocalypse and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, both of which received wide critical acclaim. Native to Kentucky, Howell is a Senior Editor for the Oxford American.

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books) and The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) as well as two chapbooks: The Romances from The Lettered Streets Press and Two Tales from Bloom Books. She is a Kundiman fellow from Singapore and Ohio, where she now lives and works in Cincinnati.

Lee Upton’s sixth book of poetry, Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles, winner of the Open Book Poetry Competition, was published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2015. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry, The Awl, and in three editions of Best American Poetry. Her short story collection The Tao of Humiliation was judged to be one of the “Best Books of 2014” by Kirkus Reviews. A second story collection, Visitations, is forthcoming in Fall 2107 in the Yellow Shoe Fiction Series.

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/update 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 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 2017.

To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are no longer 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 2017 spring catalog. 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 March 31, 2017$28.00
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Judge: Suanne Buffam

January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

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 Suzanne Buffam.

Suzanne Buffam is the author of three collections of poetry, A Pillow Book (Canarium, 2016), The Irrationalist (Canarium, 2010), and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi, 2005). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jeannette Heian Ballard Writers’ Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts, she currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Born and raised in Canada, she lives in Chicago.

Eligibility

1. Manuscripts are eligible for the First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of his or her 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 Suzanne Buffam 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/update 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 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 2017.

To Submit

1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are no longer 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 2017 spring catalog. 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.