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 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize is Traci Brimhall. The contest will open for submissions October 15, 2018, and the deadline is November 15, 2018. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2019. 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 your top 3 choices of books in our catalog you wish to receive — we will send you one of these titles.

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. 

 

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 $3000 ($2000 + $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 read at the University of Central Missouri. The contest deadline is is May 1, 2018.  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. You should also indicate your top 3 choices of books in our catalog you wish to receive — we will send you one of these titles.