Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Don't Forget! Intro Prize Deadline is Saturday!

Four Way Books' Intro Prize in Poetry Contest deadline is this Saturday, March 31st. If you haven't already mailed in or submitted your manuscript online, do it NOW!

Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31, 2012 (postmark or email deadline) by online submission manager or regular mail. Postmark deadline March 31 and email deadline (by 3 am EST April 1).

Awarding publication of a book-length collection and $1000.

Open to any poet writing in English who has not already published a book-length collection of poetry.

Submissions accepted on-line (preferred) and by mail.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

    • Fill out our online entry form and follow the directions for online credit card payment on our secure site.
    • You will be assigned an online entry number. You will then submit your manuscript through our online submissions program.

    • Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript by regular mail (USPS only).
    • Please include a completed Entry Form. Click here to download the Entry Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the Entry Form.)
    • Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
    • You must include a second cover page with just the title of your work, no other contact info.
    • No more than one poem per page, please. More than one section of a poem can appear on a page, of course.
    • No page limit, but we recommend a length of between 48 and 80 pages of poetry. This page limit does not include your title page, notes, etc.
    • Do not include art work.
    • Please use a legible font of 12 point.
    • Include an entry fee of $28 with your submission, by check, made payable to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to confirm receipt of manuscript. Multiple submissions may be mailed together. If you submit more than one manuscript, please supply contact info for both and an increased fee ($28 per submission).

Mail submission and entry fee to:
    Four Way Books
    POB 535 Village Station
    New York NY 10014

• Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
• Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
• Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.
• There are no length requirements save that book-length collections of poetry usually run between 45 pages of text and 80 pages.

The winner will be notified by email or phone no later than Labor Day. Submitters will be notified by email only. The result will also be posted on our website by Labor Day.

We do not return manuscripts. We do not offer editorial feedback to submitters.

To learn about our reading policy and to go to our website for more information on this contest and others, click here.