poetry book contest: U of Wisc Press
- BRITTINGHAM AND POLLAK POETRY PRIZE SUBMISSION GUIDE
The University of Wisconsin Press awards the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and
the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Each winning poet will receive $2,500
($1,000 cash prize and $1,500 honorarium to cover expenses of reading in Madison).
Prizes are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original
poetry submitted in an open competition. Each manuscript submitted will be
considered for both prizes. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or
subject matter, although translations are not acceptable. The winners will be
announced and the prizes awarded in February of each calendar year, with
publishing contracts to follow soon thereafter.
Manuscripts received September 1 through October 1 each calendar year will be
considered. Manuscripts postmarked before September 1 or after September 30
will be returned unread.
All submissions must be unbound (no binders, clamps, etc., please), typed on
8 1/2 x 11 paper, and should be 50–80 manuscript pages in length.
Manuscripts may be typed single-spaced with a double space in between
stanzas, or may be double-spaced.
Clean photocopies are acceptable.
Poet's name, address, and telephone number should appear on the title page.
The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published
in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included but must be
No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and
A $25.00 non-refundable reading fee must accompany each manuscript, and
covers entry to both prizes. Please make check or money order payable to "The
University of Wisconsin Press." Do not send cash or stamps. Foreign entries: please
remit reading fee in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank.
Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose return packaging.
For contest results, enclose a stamped, self-addressed business envelope (no
First Class or Priority Mail is preferred. It is not necessary to send your
manuscript via a Federal Express service.
Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet
agrees to inform the Press of the manuscript's acceptance for publication
Qualified readers appointed by the Press will screen all manuscripts. The
final selections will be made by a distinguished poet who will remain anonymous
until the winner is announced in mid-February.
SEND CORRESPONDENCE AND MANUSCRIPTS TO:
Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes
c/o Ronald Wallace, UW Press Poetry Series Editor
Department of English
600 N. Park Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
E-mail: rwallace(at)wisc.edu (replace (at) with @)
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