First Book Award for Poetry
Prize: $1,000 and Publication
• One copy of your manuscript of 48-80 pages.
• An acknowledgments page may be included.
• $20.00 reading fee made payable to Zone 3 Press.*
*Reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Zone 3.
• Please include one title page with the title only (no personal identification) in your document.
• Click here to complete the submission manager form.
• In the genre field, scroll down to choose "First Book Award in Poetry," and upload your manuscript.
• You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment.
• Please upload by May 1.
Eligibility and Additional Considerations
• Anyone who has not published a full-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) is eligible; those with chapbooks may participate.
• The final judge is Douglas Kearney.
• Current and former students and faculty of APSU are not eligible to enter. In addition, Zone 3 Press will not accept manuscripts from contestants who have previously studied with or have a personal relationship with the announced judge.
• Winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone.