contest for a second book by an African-American poet
- 2009 CAVE CANEM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESS POETRY PRIZE
The inaugural Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize is a second book award for African American poets. This annual award celebrates and publishes works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence.
Award Winner receives $1,000, publication by Northwestern University Press, 15 copies of the book and a featured reading.
Judges: Parneshia Jones, John Keene and Reginald Gibbons. Judges reserve the right not to select a winner.
Eligibility: African American writers who have had one full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Chapbooks and self-published works do not qualify. Simultaneous submission to other contests should be noted. Immediate notification upon winning another award is required.
Deadline: Reading period begins January 1, 2009. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2009. To be notified that your manuscript has been received, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Winner announced in June 2009.
Entry Fee: $20. Enclose check with submission, made payable to Northwestern University Press. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Direct packet to:
Northwestern University Press
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize
629 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60208
Send three copies of a single manuscript. One manuscript per poet allowed.
Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive notification of results.
Author’s name should not
appear on any pages within the manuscript. Copy One must include a title page with the author’s brief bio (200 words, maximum) and contact information: author’s name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number.
Copies Two and Three must include a cover sheet with the title only.
Manuscript must be typed single sided with a minimum font size of 11, paginated and 50-75 pages in length. A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is permitted.
Manuscript must include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems.
Manuscript must be unbound. Use a binder clip—do not staple or fold. Do not include illustrations or images of any kind. Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines will be discarded without notice to sender.
Due to the volume of submissions, manuscripts will not be returned. Post-submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.
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