Book-length poetry manuscripts will be accepted now through the
deadline of midnight January 14, 2018. (Note: We will observe a grace period through midnight January 20.)
The winner will be announced by
The winning book will be published by the Center for Literary
Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the
fall of 2018. The poet will receive a $2,000 honorarium.
The online entry fee is $28 ($1.11 is a credit card fee and
$1.89 goes to the good people who run Submittable), which includes a
one-year digital subscription to Colorado Review.
This year's final judge is John Yau. Friends and
students (current and former) of the final judge are not eligible to
compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or
Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been published, but the
manuscript as a whole must not have been previously published (this
In the cover letter field, please enter the manuscript's title,
your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and a short bio
note.All this information must be separate from the manuscript itself.
Please do not include acknowledgments of poems' previous publication; the judges will not see them.
Your name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript itself; this contest is judged blind. Please make sure your name is not in your document's running heads.
The theme and style are both open.
Manuscripts may be double- or single-spaced.
Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages.
You may enter more than one manuscript. Each manuscript requires the
entry fee. If you'd like the additional subscriptions sent to someone
other than yourself, include that information. Otherwise, your
subscription will be extended by one year for each additional entry.
Entrants/authors do NOT need to be residents of Colorado or the United States.
The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics,
as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which
the Center for Literary Publishing is a longtime member: “CLMP’s
community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical
contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by
publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically,
clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation
of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests
as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the
part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and
specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all
parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process
available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest
models produce different results, but that each model can be run
ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and
dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests
contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”
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