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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.