Tuesday, June 16, 2009

14th Annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named after the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems this competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Submission Period
Manuscripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2009.  Those postmarked later will be returned unread.

Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be typed on standard sized paper or be a clean photocopy.  Do not send your only copy.  Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page.  Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.  Individual collections must be the work of a single author.  Translations are not accepted.  Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgements will not be considered during the contest.  Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.  The manuscript should be submitted in a plain 9 x 11 1/2" manila folder.  Please do not submit manuscripts bound in ring binders or plastic holders.

Return of Manuscripts
Because we cannot guarantee the return of the manuscripts, all entries become the property of Ohio University Press and those not chosen will be recycled.  Do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  All contestants will be notified following the final selection.  Include a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgement of receipt.

Entry Fee
Submissions should include a check for $20 made out to Ohio University Press to help defray administrative costs.

The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is announced in April.  Individual criticism of manuscripts will not be given.

The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press the following year and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000.

Send all materials to:
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio University Press 
19 Circle Drive, The Ridges, Athens, OH 45701

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