28th February 2021
Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone writing in English language.
No age limit
Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents. There is no mandatory page count. Chapbook manuscripts should number between 20 and 36 pages, but no manuscript will be rejected simply because it’s a little bit shorter or longer.
If you are submitting a manuscript online, within the document include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address.
If you are submitting a paper manuscript, include two cover pages: one with the title of the manuscript only, the other with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters or biography notes are optional; if included, these will not be read until the conclusion of the contest.
Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Publication by Tupelo Press
25 copies of winning title
A book launch
And national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion