Guidelines for the Inaugural Free Verse Poetry Book Prize

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We’re printing a book of poems from an author in the Charleston area who does not have a published collection.

Opening date for submissions: August 31, 2020

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Fee: $10.00 USD for each manuscript.

The prize: The winning author will receive a $200 cash prize, book publication, and 20 author copies.

Specifications: Manuscripts should be between 30 and 90 numbered pages including a Title Page and a Table of Contents. Submissions should only be sent as a Word or Pages document. Please do not send a photo or a PDF. Do not include any illustrations or graphics, and no translations. By submitting a manuscript to this contest, all authors attest that the work is their own.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted anonymously with ONLY the title on the first page. Be sure to include a separate cover letter with the title of your manuscript, your name, and your contact information in the appropriate spot on the submission form. If you decide to include a list of acknowledgements, please include them in your cover letter, NOT with the manuscript. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the form below. Manuscripts submitted by email or third parties will not be eligible.

The judges: Marcus Amaker, Charleston, SC’s Poet Laureate, and local published poets (names coming soon).

Publication date: April 2021. The winning volume will be published by Free Verse Press.

Eligibility: Open to all poets (of any age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation) in the Charleston area for a previously unpublished book of poetry. Only poets who live in one of these places are eligible to submit a manuscript:

Daniel Island
Downtown Charleston
Edisto Beach
Folly Beach
Goose Creek
Isle of Palms
James Island
Johns Island
Kiawah Island
Mt. Pleasant
Moncks Corner
North Charleston
Seabrook Island
Sullivan’s Island
Wadmalaw Island
West Ashley

Free Verse Poetry Prize
Please read the submission guidelines above before submitting.
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Must be a Word Document or Pages file. No PDFs. Do not include your contact info.
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Include the title of your manuscript, your name, and your contact information
Price: $ 10.00