Second Annual Tupelo Broadside Prize

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

Prize:  Three prizes of $350 and broadside publication

The Second Annual Tupelo Broadside Prize is an open poetry competition. The editors of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly will choose three winners who will each receive $350 in addition to broadside publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning broadside, and publication in Tupelo Quarterly

Prize Guidelines

Who May Submit

The Second Annual Tupelo Broadside 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 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, 2018.

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 entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions.

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.