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$2500 and Publication for Two Collections of Poems


Reading Period:

October 1 through December 3, 2019

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by May 1, 2020.

Entry Fee

$25.00 per entry Entry. Fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entries must be submitted via Submittable

Page Length:

Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page.


Please find all our guidelines on our Submittable page

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through December 3, 2019. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets’ collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Visit Our Contact Page