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Announcing: Slope Editions 16th Annual Book Prize!

Slope Editions is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts for its 16th Annual Book Prize from January 16th until March 15th, 2017. This year's contest will be judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. 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. 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.

Deadline: March 15, 2017

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.

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. 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

For more information, please visit our "Contests" page on our website. Check back here for further announcements and contest information.