Poetry Contest Guidelines

THE LENA-MILES WEVER TODD PRIZE

The winning writer will receive $3000 ($2000 prize + $1000 towards book tour expenses) and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and nationally distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to the University of Central Missouri, where Pleiades Press is housed, to launch a book tour.

The judge for the 2017 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize is Marcus Wicker. The deadline is November 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2018. All entrants to the contest will receive a free copy of a collection of poems published by Pleiades Press. (Unfortunately we cannot ship books to addresses outside of the United States.)

This contest is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication. Poetry collections must be at least 48 pages. Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books. Previous journal and chapbook publications are OK.

We prefer online submissions. The reading fee is $25 for each manuscript submitted.

Please do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript. Poems previously published in journals, chapbooks, or anthologies are acceptable. If poems in the manuscript have been previously published, enclose an acknowledgements page.

All entrants to the contest who provide a US mailing address will receive a free copy of a collection of poems published by Pleiades Press. If you wish to receive a book, please put your U.S. mailing address in the comments field when you upload your manuscript to our submission manager. You should also indicate which of the books in our catalog you wish to receive.

To enter the contest please complete the following two steps:

  1. Go HERE (to the University of Central Missouri online marketplace) to pay your entry fee.
  2. After you have paid your fee, go to pleiadessubmissions.com to upload your manuscript to our submission manager. Please put your order number in the comments fields of the submission manager along with your mailing address and the title of the free Pleiades Press book you wish to receive. Note: Unfortunately we cannot mail books to international addresses. 

If you would prefer to submit the old fashioned way, you can still do so: Send one copy of a complete poetry book manuscript of at least 48 pages along with a check or money order made out to Pleiades Press for $25, along with a note about which complimentary book you would like to receive, to:

Pleiades Press
Department of English, Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

 

THE  EDITORS PRIZE FOR POETRY

Each spring Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry selected by the editors of Pleiades Press. The winning writer will receive $2000 and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and nationally distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to read at the University of Central Missouri. The contest deadline is is May 1, 2017.  All entrants to the contest will also receive a free book from the Pleiades Press catalog.

The Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication. Poetry collections must be at least 48 pages. Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books. Previous journal and chapbook publications are OK.

We prefer online submissions. The reading fee is $25 for each manuscript submitted. Please do not include your name on the manuscript.

Poems previously published in journals, chapbooks, or anthologies are acceptable. If poems in the manuscript have been previously published, enclose an acknowledgements page.

All entrants to the contest will receive a free copy of a collection of poems published by Pleiades Press. If you wish to receive a book, please put your mailing address in the comments field when you upload your manuscript to our submission manager. You should also indicate which of the following five books you would prefer to receive:

To enter the contest please complete the following two steps:

  1. Go HERE (to the University of Central Missouri online marketplace) to pay your entry fee.
  2. After you have paid your fee, go to pleiadessubmissions.com to upload your manuscript to our submission manager. Please put your order number in the comments fields of the submission manager along with your mailing address and the title of the free Pleiades Press book you wish to receive. (You may choose from: A Sacrificial Zinc by Matthew Cooperman, What’s This Bombardier? by Ryan Flaherty, The Light in Our Houses by Al Maginnes, Snow House by Brian Swann, Lure by Nils Michaels, Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 2oth Century Master, Beatrice Hastings: On the Life & Work of a Lost Modern Master, Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life & Work of an American Master,  and Francis Jammes: On the Life & Work of a Modern Master.)

If you would prefer to submit the old fashioned way, you can still do so: Send one copy of a complete poetry book manuscript of at least 48 pages along with a check or money order made out to Pleiades Press for $25, along with a note about which complimentary book you would like to receive, to:

Pleiades Press
Department of English, Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093