Deadline: June 30, 2009
The 1st annual Furniture Press Poetry Prize will be awarded to the writer that best exemplifies the poetics and particularities of Furniture Press’ editors and judges.
Two judges will be invited to determine a manuscript’s “pressability” and will work with anonymous, unidentified texts. Only the editor of Furniture Press will know the true identity of the applicants and their work. Each text will be assigned a number and distributed to the judges.
After the first round of readings the judges will assign three finalists. The winner of the Prize will receive a publishing contract in which the winning manuscript will be published as a chapbook. S/he will also receive 25 copies of the chapbook. The remaining finalists will have samples of their work published in an issue of Ambit : Journal of Poetry & Poetics. All applicants will receive a copy of the chapbook.
Please follow these guidelines when submitting an application:
1. Send 1 unpublished manuscript per entry. It must be between 20-50 pages in length of poetry and its derivatives. Include a cover letter with your name, address, eMail and short bio. Do not put your name nor the title of your submission on the pages of the manuscript.
2. Send a $10 fee per manuscript submitted. 100% of the cash goes to the pressing and publishing of the winning chapbooks. Editors and judges do not get kickbacks. Please send checks or money orders only, made out to Furniture Press.
3. Send manuscripts to Furniture Press Poetry Prize c/o Towson Arts Collective, 406 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.
We strongly encourage you to send us work – it’s also a very good way to catch the attention of the editors who may want to publish your work in the future, despite whether or not you win the prize.