The editors at Tupelo Press are excited to begin reviewing submissions for an anthology of contemporary Indigenous poetry.  This book will feature a selection of poems from each contributor, alongside an original essay on craft or aesthetics, as well as a chosen influential text with which the poet’s work enters into dialogue.  The influential text is an occasion for each poet to articulate their own literary genealogy and acknowledge the history of Indigenous writing.  The result will be a transcendent, wholly new offering of inter-generational writing by Indigenous poets.

We hope you will send us work for possible inclusion in this anthology.  To submit, please send the following items via our online submission manager:

·        A selection of 5-7 published or unpublished poems. Multiple submissions are welcome.

After our initial review,  we will ask for these items at a later date:

·        The influential/influencing poem.

·        An essay in which you discuss the relationship between the influential poem and your own work.  Please note that our definition of craft essay is expansive.  The essay can be brief or more developed, as we are not requiring a specific length.  The style of this prose piece can be as traditional or untraditional as you wish.

Please be sure that each component of your submission is clearly labeled before uploading.  We look forward to reading your work! 

$45.00

Tupelo Press is now reading submissions of fiction (including novels and short story collections) year-round.  If you wish to submit short story collections or novellas, please send the entire manuscript. For novels – please submit no more than 100 pages along with a summary of the entire book. If we’re interested in reading more, we’ll ask you to send the rest.

Please keep in mind that this is not a contest. Manuscripts are not read anonymously. We hope to find manuscripts we love and want to publish, but understand, please, that Tupelo Press is under no obligation to publish any of the prose manuscripts submitted to us. Please also bear in mind that Tupelo Press accepts very few works of prose — no more than one or two per year. All manuscripts will be read and all decisions made by the editors of Tupelo Press only.

There is a reading fee of $45 for each prose manuscript submitted. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not by any means cover, the significant time involved in reading works of prose, and the cost of publishing the books we commit to. Before submitting, be deeply thoughtful about whether your manuscript is fully ready for publication. Please don’t send works of prose previously submitted to us, unless specifically asked to do so.

$45.00

Tupelo Press is now reading submissions of literary nonfiction year-round.  Please submit only completed manuscripts for our consideration.  

Please keep in mind that this is not a contest. Manuscripts are not read anonymously. We hope to find manuscripts we love and want to publish, but understand, please, that Tupelo Press is under no obligation to publish any of the prose manuscripts submitted to us. Please also bear in mind that Tupelo Press accepts very few works of prose — no more than one or two per year. All manuscripts will be read and all decisions made by the editors of Tupelo Press only.

There is a reading fee of $45 for each prose manuscript submitted. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not by any means cover, the significant time involved in reading works of prose, and the cost of publishing the books we commit to. Before submitting, be deeply thoughtful about whether your manuscript is fully ready for publication. Please don’t send works of prose previously submitted to us, unless specifically asked to do so.

Ends on December 31, 2017$30.00
$30.00

Dorset Prize Guidelines

September 1 – December 31, 2017


(postmark or online submission date) 
Final Judge: Dana Levin

$4,500 Prize

Fifteen years ago, Ilya Kaminsky’s utterly brilliant Dancing in Odessa won our first Dorset Prize (selected by Eleanor Wilner). In celebration of this milestone year for the Dorset Prize, Ilya has agreed to be our judge, and moreover, he has asked to read 60 manuscripts.

A $3,000 cash prize and a week-long residency at MASS MoCA worth $1,500 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.  Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

 

 

Who May Submit

 

The Dorset Prize is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors with books previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible. Poets submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without prior book publications.

 

We continue to be impressed by the quality of work we see and generally receive many, many more worthy manuscripts than we are able to publish. In addition, each of our contests and reading periods has a different team of editors, guest editors, esteemed readers, and final judge. And of course our tastes and needs evolve from year to year with each production schedule. For all of these reasons and more, please know you are welcome to submit your manuscript even if you have already entered it in one or more of our contests or reading periods in the past, and even if you have a manuscript pending in a recent submission opportunity. Thank you for honoring us with your work — we're excited to see what wonders arrive over the transom.

 

 

Manuscript Requirements & Ethical Guidelines

 

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents. There is no mandatory page count. We suggest in the area of 48 to 88 pages of poems, but all manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length, and no manuscript will be rejected simply because it's shorter or longer.

 

Include within the document include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address.

 

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

 

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

Before you submit a manuscript to a Tupelo Press competition, please consider exploring the work of the poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination; memorable, vivid imagery and strikingly musical approaches to language; willingness to take risks; and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience.

 

Tupelo Press endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here, along with more about Tupelo Press’s ethical considerations for literary contests.


Notifications

The online Submittable system automatically confirms receipt.

Beyond this, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript and/or payment. We receive thousands of manuscripts each year and cannot offer individual acknowledgments. Thank you for your understanding.

Deadline


All entries must be postmarked or certified by Submittable by midnight (EST) of December 31, 2017.


Results

 

Results will be announced in spring 2018. We notify all entrants in three ways:

1. Via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their paper manuscript.
2. Via email to those who included an email address with their contact information.
3. We post the results on our website.

Reading Fee

 

A reading fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate reading fee. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions.

You will be prompted to pay via Submittable.

 

Submit Your Manuscript Now

  

Via Submittable: Submit Beginning on September 1

Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.

  

Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Press.

We look forward to reading your work!

 

Ends on November 1, 2017$25.00
$25.00

Submission Period: August 1 — October 31, 2017

Final Judge: Major Jackson

Prize: $1,000


Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to enter and attach your file.  Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.


The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (www.sunkengardenpoetry.org), and publication of a chapbook. Hill-Stead began partnering with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook in 2013.

The Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. 

Who May Submit

The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors with books previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible. Poets submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without prior book publications.

Manuscript Requirements & Ethical Guidelines

Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents. There is no mandatory page count. We suggest in the area of 20 to 36 pages, but all manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length, and no manuscript will be rejected simply because it's shorter or longer.

Please include within your manuscript document a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript remains anonymous. Submittable provides fields to fill in your name and contact information.

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Before you submit a manuscript to a Tupelo Press competition, please consider exploring the work of the poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination; memorable, vivid imagery and strikingly musical approaches to language; willingness to take risks; and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience.

Tupelo Press endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here, along with more about Tupelo Press’s ethical considerations for literary contests.

Notifications & Results
Submittable automatically confirms receipt of your manuscript.  Beyond this, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript and/or payment. We receive thousands of manuscripts each year and cannot offer individual acknowledgments. Thank you for your understanding.

Results will be announced in winter 2018 via email and will also be posted on our website.

Deadline

All entries must be certified by Submittable by midnight of October 31, 2017.
Reading Fee

A reading fee of $25 (U.S.) must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $25 reading fee. Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions.

Please be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.

We look forward to reading your work!