first book of poetry contest: Wick Poetry Prize
- 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Online submissions link:
$2,500 for a First Book of Poems
This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2011 winner was Wet by Carolyn Creedon, chosen by Edward Hirsch; the 2012 winner will be chosen by Dorianne Laux.
The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).
There is a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to the Wick Poetry Center.
Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, typed on one side only, with no more than one poem included on a page. Only clean, legible copies are acceptable.
The poet's name is not to appear on the manuscript. Two title pages should be included. The first must include the poet's name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and the title of the manuscript; the second should list the title of the manuscript only. Entries are judged anonymously.
The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.
All manuscripts will be recycled after judging. For notice that the manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. For notice of the winning selection, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The winner will be announced that summer.
Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2012, and May 1, 2012. No late entries will be read.
Submit electronically or mail entries to:
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Wick Poetry Center
301 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001