We'll be considering prose manuscripts during June and July 2013.
Please familiarize yourself with Nightboat Books’s editorial affinities by checking out our titles.
We're looknig for innovative prose projects; no novels, no short-story collections. Your manuscript might include poetry and poetic sections, but we we're not considering poetry collections at this time.
Please include the following with your manuscript:
(a) your name and contact information
(b) a short professional biography
(c) a description of the book/project
and mail to:
PO Box 10
Callicoon, NY 12723
We cannot be as generous as we would like by responding individually to confirm the receipt of your manuscript or to report on its status. Therefore, we will only contact you if we are interested in publishing it. If you don’t hear from us within four months, please assume that your manuscript did not meet our editorial needs. We are not able to return manuscripts. All manuscripts will be recycled.
We look forward to reading your work.
We're accepting poetry submissions through our annual Poetry Prize.
The 2013 Nightboat Poetry Prize
Judge: Kazim Ali
ELIGIBILITY: Any poet writing in English is eligible who: 1. does not have a close personal or professional relationship to the judge; 2. is not a current or recent (within the past five years) student of the judge; and 3. is not affiliated with Nightboat Books. Previous book publication is not a consideration for eligibility. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible.
FORMAT: 48 to 90 pages (suggested length, manuscripts may be longer or shorter), paginated, no more than one poem per page, double-sided preferred. The manuscript must be typed (clear photocopies are acceptable) and bound only by a spring clip. Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and email; one with book title only), table of contents, and acknowledgments page. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the first title page.
NOTIFICATION: Enclose a standard business-size SASE for winner notification. We will not return manuscripts. Please do not send your only copy. Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of manuscript receipt (optional). Nightboat Books cannot answer questions regarding submissions during the reading period.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Nightboat Books immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable. Each manuscript must be submitted separately, each with a separate entry fee and SASE.
INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: We accept International Submissions. (Please remember to include your email address and entry fee payable in US dollars.)
REVISIONS: The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.
ENTRY FEE: A $25 entry fee in the form of a check or money order payable to Nightboat Books must accompany all submissions. In the event that the judge does not find an entry suitable for publication, reading fees will be returned to all entrants. Entrants to this year’s competition may receive a complimentary copy of the winning book. Please enclose a 9×12 self-addressed, stamped envelope with $3.00 in postage if you would like to receive the book.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2013 Postmark. Winner will be announced by April 1, 2014. Winning collection to be published Spring 2015.
SEND YOUR HARDCOPY SUBMISSION, ALONG WITH THE REQUIRED ENTRY FEE, BY FIRST-CLASS MAIL TO:
Nightboat Poetry Prize
c/o Kazim Ali
Creative Writing Program
153 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Fed Ex or UPS submissions cannot be accepted. No online or fax submissions.
MORE INFO: Email questions/comments to info AT nightboat.org, but please do not send your manuscript to this email address.
Thanks and Good Luck! We look very forward to receiving your work.
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