Announcing: 42 Miles Poetry Award
Submission Period: December 1 – March 1, annually
Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor
The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award is being created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize will be offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.
The winning poet will receive $1,000 and publication of his or her book. The winner will receive 50 copies of his or her book and will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. Finalists, other than the prize-winning manuscript, will be considered for publication. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor.
Suggested length: no fewer than 48 pages. 100 pages maximum for a one time collection, no page limit for selected poems/ collections. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.
There is a $25, non-refundable, entry fee, made payable to Indiana University South Bend. There is no limit on the number of entries an author may submit. Simultaneous submissions are fine, in fact they are encouraged, just please withdraw your manuscript if it gets taken for publication elsewhere. Please include a SASE with each entry. Please include a self-addressed postage paid postcard if you desire confirmation of manuscript receipt. No manuscripts will be returned. Entries sent by e-mail or fax are not permitted; they will be disqualified.
On your cover sheet include name, address, phone number, and e-mail. The manuscript should be paginated and include a table of contents and acknowledgments page.
Manuscripts will be accepted between December 1 and March 1 each year. Manuscripts received prior to December 1, or postmarked after March 1, will be recycled and the entry fee returned.
With questions e-mail Davdlee@iusb.edu.
Mail manuscripts to:
42 Miles Poetry Award
Indiana University South Bend
Department of English
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
P. O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111
Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language. Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much. Winners will be announced via this website, as well as through the mail. We will also announce the winner in major magazines (Poets & Writers) and blogs, including this one. The winning book, and any others chosen from the pool of entries, will be published by 42 Miles Press in the following year.
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