Third Annual Tupelo Broadside Prizes

This year with a new category for currently enrolled MFA students!

Submission period:  June 1 — June 30 (online submission-date)


Three prizes of $350 and publication of each winning broadside (two in the “open” category, and one from a currently-enrolled MFA student) each in a limited, letterpress edition. 

Winners will receive 20 copies of the their letterpress broadside, and each of our three winners will have their poems published in Tupelo Quarterly.

All submissions will be read blind, and winners chosen by the editors of Tupelo Press.

Who May Submit

The Third Annual Tupelo Broadside Prizes are 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 published poems. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us immediately at contact (at) tupelopress (dot) org if a poem is placed elsewhere. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors with books previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible.  

Submission Requirements

Please submit 3-5 poems, maximum of 21 lines each, in one file, with the $22 reading fee, between June 1-June 30. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable only. Attach all poems in your submission as a single document in .doc, .docx or .pdf form. Please do not include identifying information, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address.

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.

Notification of Results
Results will be announced in early fall and all submitters will be notified via Submittable. 

All entries must be postmarked or certified by Submittable by midnight (EST) of June 30, 2019.

Reading Fee

A reading fee of $22 (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 come close to covering, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books and broadsides we select.

Submit Your Poems

Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable only: Submission period begins on June 1. Be sure that your single document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.  


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.

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