Able Muse Book Award (for poetry manuscripts) -- 2023
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$1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
Entry deadline: March 31, 2023
- Blind Judging by the Final Judge David Yezzi.
- 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 and publish 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 cover pages (NOT in the manuscript proper) 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 pages/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.
- The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).
- 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 pages ONLY:
- (first, note that the entire cover pages, as listed below, are optional since you may choose instead to provide the listed information right below in the corresponding online submission form fields provided for them)
- the title of your manuscript
- a brief bio
- the poet's/writer's name
- phone number, and
- email address.
- optionally, a list of acknowledgments of previously published poems (do NOT include this in the manuscript proper since it identifies you indirectly and thwarts anonymous judging!).
- the title of your manuscript
- an optional table of contents
- a poem may run through multiple pages, but each poem must start on a new page (i.e., you cannot end a poem on the same page you start a different one).
- note, especially, that the author’s name should NOT appear on any page within the manuscript proper and must be redacted if it appears in any of the poems.
- do NOT include the publication credit (i.e., journal of previous publication, contests won, etc.) for any of the poems anywhere in the manuscript proper as that indirectly identifies you and defeats anonymous judging—these may go instead in the cover pages as earlier instructed.
- Preferred method is our online entry form—
- 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).
- Only upload one file for the manuscript proper (50 to 120 pages) and optionally include a second file with the cover pages.
- Enter at http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest online.
- Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—
- Only attach one file for the manuscript proper (50 to 120 pages) and optionally attach a second file with the cover pages.
- The accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML.
- The subject of the email should be: "<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)"
- Email your entry to email@example.com , again, without any personal identification in the manuscript proper file as instructed earlier.
- Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—
- Only snail-mail one document for the manuscript proper (50 to 120 pages) and optionally include a second document with the cover pages.
- There should be no identification in the manuscript proper document itself as described earlier—these should go in the second cover-pages document.
- The manuscript proper document and the cover pages document should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.
- The manuscript proper and the cover pages should be printed single-sided on all the pages (no double-sided page submissions, please).
- Duplicates not required, so do NOT send a duplicate of the manuscript proper or of the cover pages.
- Send your entry to:
Able Muse Review
Book Award for poetry Contest
467 Saratoga Avenue #602
San Jose, CA 95129
- $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:
- Online ( right below!), OR,
- By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.
- In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.
- 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.
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