poetry contest: David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize
- David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize
Call for Submissions: David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize
Online submissions link:
We enthusiastically invite you to submit to the inaugural David Blair
Memorial Chapbook Prize, judged by award winning poet Vievee Francis.
The prize includes a cash award of $150, 40 author copies, and a high
quality video filmed by series editor Jamaal May.
Camera shy poets fret not. The video can be made regardless of your
preferred level of participation (including none at all) or can be
waved altogether if you want.All finalists will also be considered for
The Blair Prize is open to any poet writing in English. International
entrees are ok, but the film component of the prize is contingent upon
the poet living or being available in the continental United States.
Previously published poems with proper acknowledgment are acceptable.
Translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books.
Employees of Ow! Arts and previous Ow! Authors are not eligible. The
prize will not be screened blind but will be judged blind.Blair, born
David Alan Blair, passed away on July 23, 2011. He was an
award-winning, multi-faceted artist: singer-songwriter, poet, writer,
performer, musician, community activist and teacher. Born Sept. 19,
1967, he grew up in Newton, N.J., but called Detroit his adopted home.
Blair performed all over the world and has friends on almost every
continent. Blair’s work and life leave an indelible impression on the
Detroit community as well as all of the communities he touched.
Basic Guidelines 24 pages of poetry, maximum (excluding front matter:
contents, title page etc,)
Online submissions only:
Award: $150, 40 author copies, and short poetry film for .
50% author discount, 60% on orders over 50 copies (best author
discounts in the game)
Deadline for submissions: June 1
Vievee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern
University Press, 2012) which won the Cave Canem Northwestern
University Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Blue-Tail
Fly (Wayne State University, 2006) which Poets & Writers Magazine
listed among their notable debuts. Her work has appeared in numerous
journals, textbooks and anthologies including Best American Poetry
2010 and Angles of Ascent, A Norton Anthology of African American
Poetry. She was the 2009/2010 Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd
Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. She is the
recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award as well as a
2010 Kresge Award. She is an Associate Editor for
-francisAdditional GuidelinesPlease submit up to 24 pages of poetry
with two title pages (one with name and one without). Include an
acknowledgements page, if applicable.
Submissions are read blind by our Judge but not by our screeners.
Manuscripts will be screened by Senior editor Tarfia Faizullah and
Series Editor Jamaal May.Please format the body of your manuscript in
any font that has serifs (those little feet at the end of the letters)
such as Times or Garamond. Titles may be in any font. I’m not saying
we’ll toss a manuscript if it shows up in Comic Sans or the like, but
keep in mind how contextual a poetry reading experience is before
deciding to ignore our guidelines. Save your manuscript as a PDF if
you’re worried about formatting issues.All submissions must be
electronic because this is indeed the future. Simultaneous submissions
are awesome, but please notify us if your manuscript is accepted
elsewhere during the review period. Keep in mind, acceptance of a full
manuscript that contains poems from the chapbook manuscript might not
prevent you from publishing with us, as our publication schedule will
probably be a year or more ahead of your book publisher’s release.
Manuscripts that are not selected will be recycled into 1s and 0s.We
use Submishmash for all submissions. The $15 fee will be charged before
you upload your mss. The system will accept PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, and
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