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POL Prizes Guidelines

POL Prizes Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 2014-2015 prizes will be accepted via Submittable from September 5, 2014 through November 10, 2014 at 11:59pm.

2014-2015 Guidelines
*subject to updates by September 2014
Please note that this year we are accepting manuscripts ONLINE ONLY

Contest is open to poets with or without previous book-length publication

Volumes by two winners will be published by Fordham University Press:

1) the POL Prize, selected by the Prize Judge
2) the Editor’s Prize, selected by the POL Prizes Series Editor

Both authors will receive $1,000 and a book launch in the POL Reading Series

2014-2015 POL Prize Judge: John Yau
Series Editor: Elisabeth Frost


Manuscripts that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be read. Reading fees are non-refundable.

1. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, original and in English (no translations)

2. Manuscripts must be formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 letter sized paper; pages must be numbered

3. Length: 50-80 pages (approximate)

4. Manuscripts should include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments (if applicable)

5. The poet's name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript; any ms. that includes the author's information will be disqualified

6. The poet will be charged a non-refundable $28 fee ($25 reading fee + $3 online processing)

7. Manuscripts cannot be commented upon; no changes can be made after submission

8. Multiple entries are allowed provided each submission complies with these guidelines (including
paying a submission fee for each submission)

9. Notify us if another publisher accepts your manuscript after it is submitted to the POL Prizes by updating your status on our online submissions manager and by e-mailing:

10. The POL Prizes are not open to: students or employees of Fordham University; current or former students or friends of the Prize Judge or the Series Editor

11. Entries will be read anonymously

12. The POL Prizes comply with the CLMP code of ethics (see below)


Click here to submit your manuscript



Manuscripts are read anonymously by a group of qualified poets/critics, selected by the series editor. If a reader recognizes a manuscript or knows its author, that manuscript is forwarded to a different reader or readers. Numbers of initial readers vary from year to year, but the majority of initial readers is comprised of past winners of the POL Prizes. Finalist submissions are read by the final judge and series editor over a period of weeks.


Results will be announced in April 2015. Please check Submittable or for notification of winners and finalists.


CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Series Editor: Elisabeth Frost

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