January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018
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.
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
Guidelines & Notes
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
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.
1. Upload your manuscript as a .docx or .pdf to Submittable (mail submissions are not eligible).
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 email@example.com with any further questions.