Monday, 13 May 2013

2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award submissions

2013 First Book Award ~ $3500 and publication
final judge: Amy Fleury

Below are the guidelines for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 10, 2013 and close on July 8, 2013 (postmark and online submission deadline):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading in Carbondale at Southern Illinois University.

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