Slope Editions' 17th Annual Book Prize

The winner of our 17th Annual Book Prize is B.J. Soloy for his stunning collection Our Pornography & other disaster songs!

Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement soon about next year’s contest.

Judged by Ocean Vuong

Slope Editions is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts for its 17th Annual Slope Editions Book Prize Contest. This year's contest will be judged by Ocean Vuong. The deadline is March 31st, 2018. The winning poet will have their book of poems published in 2019 by Slope Editions and will also receive $1000 and free copies of the book in lieu of royalties. The winner will be announced in the summer of 2018. Entries will be read blind. Please visit our website,, for further announcements and contest information. We especially encourage submissions from poets of color, women, and LGBTQ poets.


Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, the debut was a winner of the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and was a finalist for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize. Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst. He is currently at work on his first novel.


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 or an affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 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. 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. $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 31st, 2018

Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2018. No Federal Express, UPS, or other overnight mail services, please. Submissions should be sent by first-class mail to our editorial address:

Slope Editions 17th 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.