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book contest for African American poets: Lotus Press

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    GUIDELINES FOR THE NAOMI LONG MADGETT POETRY AWARD http://www.lotuspress.org/poetryaward.html · This competition is open to African American poets
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2008

      · This competition is open to African
      American poets only. If you have already had a
      book published by Lotus Press, you are
      ineligible. However, inclusion in a Lotus Press
      anthology does not disqualify you.

      · Any other serious African American
      poet, whether previously published or not, may
      submit a book length manuscript for

      · Poems submitted by another person,
      anthologies, or collaborations by more than one
      poet are not eligible.

      · The poems in the manuscript should
      total approximately 60 to 90 pages, exclusive
      of a table of contents or other optional
      introductory material. Begin each poem on a new
      page, no matter how short it may be, and number
      the pages.

      · Poems that have been published
      individually in periodicals or anthologies are
      acceptable, but we will not consider an entire
      collection that has been previously published,
      whether self‑published or not.

      · Manuscripts entered in the Madgett
      competition may not be submitted to other
      publishers for general consideration but may be
      submitted to other competitions as long as you
      notify us that you have done so or plan to do so.
      If you are notified that your manuscript has won
      another competition, you MUST inform us of this

      · Send two complete copies of your
      manuscript, typed or computer-generated on
      white, letter-size paper, with the pages
      consecutively numbered, to the address below. Do
      not include your name on any of the pages

      · Include with each copy a cover sheet
      which contains the title of the collection only
      and no other information.

      · On one separate sheet of paper, list:
      (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) your name,
      address, telephone number(s) and e‑mail
      address, if you have one; and (3) a brief
      statement signed with your legal name, indicating
      that (a) all the poems in the collection are
      original and uncollected (not appearing in a
      published volume of your work) and (b) you are an
      African American.

      · Keep a copy of your manuscript. Entries
      will not be returned. After the winner has been
      selected, all other manuscripts will be

      · Enclose a stamped, self-addressed
      post card so that we may acknowledge receipt of
      your material.

      · Mail your manuscript to the address
      below using first class priority mail.

      · Award entries must be received between
      January 2 and March 31, 2008. You will be
      notified of the winner's and the judges' names no
      later than June 1, 2008. The decision of the
      judges is final.

      · The award winner will receive $500 in
      cash and publication of the manuscript by Lotus
      Press, Inc. later in 2008.

      Mail material to:

      LOTUS PRESS, Inc., ATTN: Constance Withers, P.O.
      Box 21607, Detroit, MI 48221.

      For questions: Phone: (313)
      861-1280 EMail: (replace (at) with @)

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