Slope Editions 16th Annual Book Prize
Starting January 16th, 2017, Slope Editions is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts for its 16th Annual Slope Editions Book Prize Contest. This year's contest will be judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. The deadline is March 15th, 2017. The winning poet will have their book of poems published in 2018 by Slope Editions and will also receive $1000 and free copies of the book in lieu of royalties. The winner will be announced Summer 2017. Entries will be read blind. Please check back here for further announcements and contest information. We especially encourage submissions from poets of color, women, and LGBTQ poets.
Dawn Lundy Martin received her PhD in literature at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She is the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and several chapbooks. Her latest collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, (2015) won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. Good Stock, Strange Blood is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2017. Martin co-founded with poet Terrance Hayes, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh. With Vivien Labaton, Martin also co-edited The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004). She is the co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation (New York). Her video installation work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Good Stock on the Dimension Floor, a 52-minute video opera for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at the Whitney Biennial in 2014. She has been a member of HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican, a global artist collective, and is a part of the Black Took Collective, a multimedia performance group of three.
Eligibility: Any American poet writing in English is eligible, unless that person has a close personal or professional relationship with the judge and/or Slope Editions staff. Past or current students of the judge are ineligible to enter; entry fees will be returned in these cases. Any manuscript that has appeared or is forthcoming as a printed book, e-book, or chapbook will NOT be considered. Please do not include your name or any personal information anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts that are not blinded will not be read.
Electronic Submission Guidelines: 40 to 90 pages as formatted in standard 8 &1/2 by 11 MS Word or PDF document submitted through Submittable (link below). Your name should not appear anywhere within your manuscript. Please include a title page with book title only, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page with manuscript.
Paper Submission Guidelines: 40 to 90 pages, typed, and bound only by a clip. Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and e-mail; one with book title only), table of contents, and acknowledgments page with manuscript.
Entry Fee: $25 for electronic submissions paid via Submittable (link below). $22 for paper submission: payable to "Slope Publishing Inc.," in the form of a check or money order, and must accompany submission. See below for address.
Deadline: March 15, 2017. Paper submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2017. No Federal Express, UPS, or other overnight mail services, please. Submissions should be sent by first-class mail to our editorial address:
Slope Editions 15th Annual Book Prize
c/o Christopher Janke, Senior Editor
847 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Revisions: The winner may be able to revise his/her manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.
Entrants to the Slope Editions Book Prize may also be considered for additional Slope Editions publications. Entrants being considered for these publications will be notified. We offer sincere thanks to all entrants and readers for supporting Slope Editions and small press poetry.