A prize of $1,000 plus book publication by Kore Press
is given for a book-length poetry manuscript.

This competition is open to any female writer who has not published a
full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than

42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible.


How to Submit

The contest is closed. 2014 results announced February 2014; judge is Joy Harjo. $25 reading fee.

Comment box should include:

  • daytime and evening telephone numbers
  • where you heard about the contest
  • if ms is a simultaneous submission

Manuscripts must be:
• a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 80 pages. no cover letter needed.
• anonymous (do not include your name or acknowledgments anywhere in the manuscript)
• original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)


For more information email us or call 520-327-2127.




2013 Winner: River Legs

by Jen McClanaghan

selected by Nikky Finney

Previous Winners here


Ethics Statement

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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) provide clear and specific contest guidelines -- defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and

3) 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.