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2017 Able Muse Book Award

Able Muse Book Award in Poetry (book manuscripts)

Able Muse Book Award (for Poetry) -- 2017

(2011 Results HERE) | (2012 Results HERE) | (2013 Results HERE) | (2014 Results HERE) | (2015 Results HERE) | (2016 Results HERE)

 $1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2017 (Now Extended 5 days to Wed, April 5, Midnight PST)

Final Judge:
Charles Martin - Final Judge
Charles Martin

 

Guidelines:

  • Blind Judging by the Final Judge Charles Martin.
  • Initial screening will be done by readers from our contest selection committee—consisting of accomplished and award-winning poets, with members renewed yearly—who will also be reading the entries blind. Thus, judging of the contest will be completely anonymous from start to finish!
  • Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives reprint permission. (Still, more than one-quarter of the manuscript may not have been previously published as a collection.)
  • Entries consisting in part or whole of translations into English are also welcome, provided that the original-language poems are in the public domain, or where the original-language poems are still under copyright protection, written permission from the rights holder to translate into English is provided.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we're immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Unlimited entries per person—if you wish to enter more than once, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.
  • All poetry styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).
  • A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.
  • Acknowledgments may be included in the manuscript but are not required.
  • We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.
  • If you're entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.
  • For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winner.
  • The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:
    • Author's name should only appear on cover page/cover letter and nowhere else.
    • Initial screening will be done by our contest selection committee—consisting of accomplished and award-winning poets, with members renewed yearly—which may include Able Muse editors.
      1. The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).
      2. The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he/she recognizes. The entry fee for the work thus disqualified will be refunded.
    • Include on your cover page ONLY:
      1. the title of your manuscript
      2. a brief bio
      3. the poet's/writer's name
      4. address
      5. phone number, and
      6. email address.

Entry Methods:

  1. Preferred method is our online entry form
    1. DO NOT type or copy and paste your manuscript in the poem text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    2. Only send one file attachment with everything (50 to 120 pages), with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for different parts of the manuscript!)
    3. There should be no identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above (i.e., except in the cover page).
    4. Enter at http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest online.
  2. Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—
    1. Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    2. The subject of the email should be: "<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)"
    3. Email your entry to submission@ablemuse.com without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.
  3. Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—
    1. The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.
    2. The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.
    3. Duplicates not required, so do NOT send duplicate of the manuscript.
    4. Send your entry to:

      Able Muse Review
      Book Award for poetry Contest
      467 Saratoga Avenue #602
      San Jose, CA 95129
      USA

Entry Fees:

  • $25 for a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.
  • No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:
    1. Online ( right below!), OR,
    2. By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.
    3. In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.
    4. To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with in your manuscript (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it's different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online or check payment by snail mail.

Pay Entry Fee & Enter Contest Now:

 

ENTER THE ABLE MUSE BOOK AWARD CONTEST NOW:

After payment, submit your manuscript online at:
http://www.ablemuse.com/book-award-submission .
Or, enter by email/snail mail as explained above:


 

Comments

Submitted by Robert (not verified) on

Alex, are images disqualifying? My book grows out of a poet-artist collaboration. Thanks. Robert

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi Robert,

No, that's not problem -- ekphrastics and images do not disqualify your entry.

Although I'm not the contest judge (I only administer the entries and process), my advice to those sending in entries of that nature is to make sure, as much as possible, that your poems can stand on their own, independent of the images.

Best,

...Alex

 

Submitted by Steve Melera (not verified) on

Hello Alex.

I Just finished submitting my manuscript and paying my submission fee. When I uploaded the manuscript files I received a message telling me that ".docx files are not allowed, please submit files containing the following file extensions..followed by a long list of accepted extensions of which .docx was listed as one. Nevertheless I then saved the file in .doc format and it was then accepted. My problem is after I submitted and thought I was done I reread the .doc file and realized that in changing the format  quite a few of the poem titles were placed at the bottom of the previous pages. Totally leaving my submission in disarray. My question is this...Am I allowed to resubmit or is that the end of things for me?  and if so will it require a second submission fee? I am quite upset over this and Hope there is a way that I can make this right.

Thanx for your time, Steve Melera

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi Steve,

Sorry to hear about the .docx fiasco. It's been an ongoing problem with the submission form. Anyhow, you're allowed to resubmit, and there's no additional fee to do that. So, please submit your original .docx file by email file attachment, instead, to Able Muse submission email .

Best,

...Alex

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi Celina,

The winner will be announced before year-end.

Best,
...Alex

Submitted by e e de leon (not verified) on

are translations of poetry allowed for the poetry book contest (31 mar 15 deadline)?  if so, is there an allowable percentage of translations as in some other contests?  thanks, edna

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi e e -- Although the contest's focus is on original poetry, we do allow some inclusion of translated poems, but I'd recommend that included translation do not exceed 10 percent of the total number of poems and/or total poem pages.

Best,

...Alex

 

Submitted by Lorraine (not verified) on

Does the Editorial Board screen or read the poetry entries or only the editors of Able Muse?

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi Lorraine,

Actually, the process has been revised for while now--as you can see from the second bullet point in the guidelines. Now, the reading is 100% anonymous, with the initial screening done by readers from our contest selection committee—consisting of accomplished and award-winning poets, with members renewed yearly—who will also be reading the entries blind.

Best,

...Alex

Submitted by Marc (not verified) on

A few quick questions:

Can/should the title of the manuscript appear in the footer? 

Do you want a TOC?

And just to clarify: Is it ok that the cover letter be part of a single Word doc attachment containing the manuscript?

Thanks much.

 

Submitted by Administrator on

Hi Marc,

Although they're not required, it's OK to have the title in the footer, and it's OK to include a TOC. And it's OK to include the cover letter as part of a single document also containing the manuscript.

Note that what matters are the poems themselves, not the formatting and presentation of the manuscript (unless it's an unreadable mess!).

Best,
...Alex

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