The Backwaters Prize
The submission period for the Backwaters Prize is closed. Please check back spring of 2014. Our prize judge for 2014 will be Patricia Smith. We adhere to the CLMP code of ethics for administering a literary contest.
For more information about the prize and for a list of past winners, please visit the Backwaters Prize page.
What you win
The prize is a $1,000.00 cash prize plus publication of your manuscript plus some beautiful object commemorating your achievement. The next award will be announced in September 2012.
- This contest is open to anyone writing in English, whether the poet has previous book publications or not.
- Full-length manuscript, (between 60 & 85 pages, not including credits, title page, contents page) original poetry in English (no translations).
- No Collaborations.
- May be a collection or a single long poem.
- Use standard poetry format; that is, single-spaced, with double-spacing between stanzas.
- No identification of poet anywhere in MS, including in the text of the poems. Manuscripts in which poet’s name is included anywhere in the text will be disqualified. If the poet needs to refer to or uses his/her own name in poems, a pseudonym must be used in the text.
- Winner will be allowed to make changes to text.
- Do not include photos or drawings in the manuscript. Do not send manuscript corrections—winner will be allowed to make manuscript changes. The title page may have no identification of the poet on it.
- There is a reading fee of $25.
In order that the press may catch up on our backlog of accepted manuscripts, the editors are not accepting manuscripts, other than contest entries, until further notice. If you have a manuscript you think us perfect for the press, please, enter your work for the Backwaters Prize (see guidelines above).
When we begin accepting open submissions, we will place an official notice on this site. Thanks!