Typically preliminary readers assist with evaluating contest entries, and vote on which manuscripts should be honored as finalists and forwarded on to the judge.  We assign each preliminary reader 50 book or chapbook-length manuscripts.  While this is an honorary position, we would be pleased to feature a bio with information about your creative work on the Tupelo Press staff page, and provide complimentary Tupelo Press books and broadsides as a token of our appreciation.

A celebration of the collective poetic process, the MLP is being written, couplet by couplet, by readers and writers around the world, and published online by Tupelo Press. Each day we post two lines from which contributing poets draw their inspiration. Participate in the creation of this unique art form as it grows organically. Your contribution is part of its dynamic synergy.

Please use this link to submit book-length works of literature in translation.  We are open to submissions of both poetry and prose, as well hybrid and experimental work.  As you prepare your translation submission, there are a few things to note:

--We pay a $2,500 - $3,000 advance for a book of poetry.

--We pay for rights, however, we expect the translator to have made sure that rights are available.

--Whenever possible, please be sure to include the original language text alongside the English language translation.  

--We are particularly interested in works of literature being made available in English for the first time.  

Thank you, as always, for thinking of Tupelo Press.  We look forward to reading your submission!  



2022 Summer Open Reading Period
July 1 – August 31


The 2022 Summer Open Reading Period will not be extended.


(postmark or online submission-date)


Throughout the months of July & August, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (28-47 pages). Selected manuscripts will receive publication by Tupelo Press, a $1,000 advance, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

Who May Submit
 The Summer Open Reading Period is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad, and regardless of prior publication history. We are again accepting translations for the Summer Open Reading Period. This is not a contest and manuscripts are not read anonymously. Previously self-published books are not eligible. 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 to the Summer Open even if you have already entered it in one or more of our contests or reading periods in the past. Thank you for honoring us with your work -- we're excited to see what wonders arrive over the transom.

Manuscript Requirements & Ethical Guidelines
 Please note, the Summer Open Reading Period is for poetry manuscripts.

Submit a previously unpublished manuscript with a table of contents. Cover letters or biography notes are optional.

 Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address, please be sure to fill them in appropriately.

 Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, 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, contests, or reading periods are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Kindly note that poets who have personal relationships, current or recent student-teacher or mentoring relationships with the contest judge, or who have attended a program at the same time that the contest judge served on faculty, are not eligible for this prize. Likewise, poets are ineligible where it is reasonably likely that the contest judge will recognize your work.

 Before you submit a manuscript to a Tupelo Press contest or reading period, 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 online by midnight of August 31st, 2022.

Results
 Results will be announced in the Fall of 2022. We notify all submitters in three ways:


  1. Via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their 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 $30 (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 July 1, 2022

 Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.
 We do not accept manuscripts via email or fax.

Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Press.
We look forward to reading your work!


 

2022 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry
January 1 – April 30th -  EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 31ST, 2022
(postmark or online submission-date)
Final Judge: TBA
$3,000 Prize

The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 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 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry 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 authors having published only one previous collection 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.
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 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, 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.

Notification of Receipt
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 April 30th, 2022. (EXTENDED DEADLINE, MAY 31ST, 2022)


Results
Results will be announced in summer 2022. We notify entrants in three ways:

  1. Via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their 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 $30 (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 January 1, 2022
Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading.
We do not accept manuscripts via email or fax.

Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Press.
We look forward to reading your work!
 

Tupelo Press