Submission Period

  • Entries must be submitted between April 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. There is a $30 fee per entry.

Format Instruction

  • Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages on standard sized paper.
  • Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page.
  • Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.
  • Individual collections must be the work of a single author. Translations are not accepted.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest.
  • Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


  • Submissions are accepted in 2024. The General Editor will select the finalists and the Final Judge will choose the winner in early 2025. The winner will be announced in April 2025 with book publication in April 2026. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.


  • The winning manuscript will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 and published by Ohio University Press in both print and electronic format the following calendar year.
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