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Slope Editions is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts for its 14th Annual Slope Editions Book Prize Contest. This year's contest will be judged by Douglas Kearney. The deadline is March 15th. The winning poet will have his/her book of poems published in 2016 by Slope Editions.

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014) examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. His work has appeared in a number of journals, includingPoetry, nocturnes, Pleiades, The Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, Washington Square, and Callaloo. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

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.

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.

Submission Formats & Fees:

We are no longer accepting paper submissions.

Electronic ($25): 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.  $25 entry fee, payable through Submittable, must accompany all submissions.

Submit by March 15th, 2015.

Submissions are entered here:

Notification: We do NOT accept notification SASEs or postcards.  Please check the Slope Editions website for announcement of contest winner. Notification SASEs or postcards will NOT be returned.

Revisions: The winner will be able to revise his/her manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.