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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 2017 judge is poet Julie Funderburk, author of The Door That Always Opens (LSU Press, 2016). A reading fee of $15 per submission is required. The winner and editor’s choice selection will be published by Unicorn Press. We will announce the winning manuscripts on 1 December. The submission period is now closed, but will reopen in Spring 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 previously published poems. If applicable, please include an acknowledgements page detailing previous publications.
» Include a cover letter containing your contact information, including an email address.

In Spring 2018, we will accept submissions to the First Book Competition through our online submission manager and by mail.