first book contest in poetry: ABZ Press
- 2012 ABZ FIRST BOOK POETRY CONTEST
ABZ will continue the ABZ Poetry Prize in 2012 for a first full-length book of poems. We want to read your first book.
In 2007, David Baker selected Postcard on Parchment by Christine Stewart-Nunez. Her book was published in 2008.
In 2008, Heather McHugh selected The Other Language by Mark Brazaitis, which was published in 2009.
In 2009, Mark Halliday chose Ordinary Mourning by Carrie Shipers, which was published in 2010.
In 2010, Angela Ball chose You Look Nice Strange Man by Jaimee Kuperman, which was published in May 2011.
We will be looking in 2012 for original poetry manuscripts between 48-76 pages.
ABZ will publish the winning manuscript and award the author one thousand dollars and fifty copies of the winning book.
The winning manuscript in 2012 will be chosen by Charles Simic.
Each manuscript must be bound only with a binder clip and sent in an envelope or package with a May or June 2012 postmark with a reading fee of $30.00 in US Dollars as a check or money order payable to ABZ PRESS. The deadline is June 30 2012. Include a table of contents, acknowledgements, and two title pages. One title page should have only the title. The second title page should have the author's name, address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. Please indicate any poetry books or chapbooks (with fewer than 48 pages) you may have published. Simultaneous submissions are OK with us. Let us know if you win another prize.
Manuscripts will not be returned. Please keep a copy of your manuscript.
To receive notice of manuscript arrival, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
To receive notice of contest results, you must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You will not receive the notice in 2012 unless you include such an envelope.
The reading fee entitles the entrant to one copy of the winning book. Copies of the book will be sent in May-June 2013 when the book is published.
Send manuscript between May 1 and June 30, 2012 to:
ABZ Poetry Prize
PO Box 2746
Huntington WV 25727-2746.