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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. 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. If you wish to submit a manuscript, proceed under the following guidelines.

» 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.

We accept submissions to the First Book Competition through our online submission manager and by mail.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Log into our online submission manager and upload your work. You may submit a cover letter in the comments field. Select "First Book Competition" as the submission type. A reading fee of $15 is collected through PayPal during the submission process. If you send your entry through the online manager, do not submit it by mail.

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL: Send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. In the event the manuscript is not selected, we will send notice by email if no SASE has been supplied. We will return manuscripts for which an SASE of sufficient size to enclose the work is included in the submission. If you would like to know when your manuscript has arrived, please include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials. If you send your competition entry through the mail, do not submit it through the online manager.

Manuscripts submitted by mail must be postmarked between 1 April and 31 May, inclusive. Include payment for the reading fee in the form of a $15 check to Unicorn Press. Direct entries to the following address:

Post Office Box 5523
Greensboro, NC 27435