NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE POETRY SOCIETIES, INC
2014 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION
awarding $1000 + publication + 50 books
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION
Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English
48-70 page poetry manuscript by a single author
Typewritten or computer printed, NO illustrations
No author identification anywhere in manuscript
Pages numbered, no more than one poem per page
May include previously published poems (acknowledgments on separate sheet)
Simultaneous and multiple submissions permitted
Enclosed in a plain file folder and/or held by a manuscript clip, NO staples or binding
No certified or registered mail; no disks
Include two title pages, one with no author ID, the other with name, address including zip and phone , if applicable, state poetry society membership and which state. Include a table of contents.
Enclose a business-size (#10) self-addressed, stamped envelope to be notified of the results in January 2015. Manuscripts will be recycled.
Notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
All manuscripts will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition Chairman. Approximately 100 will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.
The winning manuscript will be published by the NFSPS Press, and the book will be available for sale at the NFSPS annual convention, on the web, and elsewhere in June 2015.
Address for Submissions:
Amy Jo Zook, Chairman
Submission Period: August 1-October 15, 2014 (postmark deadline)
Entry Fee: $20 for NFSPS members, $25 for nonmembers
(Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members.)
Past Judges: David Baker, Michael Dennis Browne, Michael Bugeja, Anne Marx, Sue Brannan Walker, Kenneth Brewer, David Sutherland, Donna Salli, Bruce Eastman, Ruth Berman, Peter Meinke, Lawson Inada, Patricia Fargnoli, Jeff Gundy, Carolyne Wright, Ralph Burns, Lola Haskins, Jessica Garratt, Maggie Anderson, and Glenna Holloway
Recent Winners: Copies of the current winning volume of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, Betsy Hughes's Breaking Weather, are available through the NFSPS website Publications: