Submit to the Unicorn Press First Book Competition
From 1 April to 31 May, Unicorn Press accepts submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not previously published a book of poetry. The judge’s selection will receive $1000 and a manuscript chosen by the editorial staff will receive $200. The competition carries a submission fee of $15. Our 2018 judge is poet Dan Albergotti, author of full-length collections Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) and The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008). A reading fee of $15 per submission is required. The winner and editor’s choice selection will be published by Unicorn Press in 2019. We will announce the winning manuscripts on 1 December. The submission period is now closed, but will reopen 1 April 2018. For reference, our guidelines are as follows:
» Submit 56-72 pages of poetry previously uncollected in book form. (We consider publications with more than 32 poems printed in a run of over 1000 copies to qualify as previous publication in book form.) Only one poem should appear per page.
» Manuscripts may contain poems previously published in journals and magazines. If applicable, please include an acknowledgments page detailing previous publications.
» Include a cover letter containing your contact information, including an email address. Do not include your name in the manuscript itself.
We will accept submissions to the First Book Competition through our online submission manager and by mail.