Poetry Competition

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems.

The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously.

Eligibility

The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book of poetry published previously. We define “full-length book” as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies. Books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current students, and those who have been students within the last three years are not eligible for the award.

Prize
The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract.

Electronic Submissions

Submit your Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize manuscript online! Save time, printing, and postage! During the submission period (March 1 – April 30) simply go to our Submittable page, where you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions.

Format for Mailed Submissions

Please send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. Clean, legible photocopies are acceptable. Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be on your title page. These are our only format requirements. Please also include your curriculum vitae. Results will be announced in major poetry and writing magazines once a winner has been chosen. Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt and a SASE for contest results.

Fee
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a check or money order in US dollars only for $25.00 payable to “University of Pittsburgh Press.”

Multiple Submissions
Manuscripts being considered by other publishers are allowed, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the Press in writing.

Deadline
30th April 2019

The address for mailed submissions is:

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
7500 Thomas Blvd., 4th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

 

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