Submission Guidelines

The 2018 Nightboat Poetry Prize is open for submissions from September 1 to November 15, 2018.

Judges: Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books Editors)

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Complete Guidelines:


ELIGIBILITY: Any poet writing in English. 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published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished.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: 60 to 90 pages (suggested length, manuscripts may be longer or shorter), paginated, no more than one poem per page. Please include a title page with booktitle only, table of contents, and acknowledgments page. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript.

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.

INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: We accept International Submissions.

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 $28 entry fee 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.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner will be announced by April 1, 2019. Winning collection to be published Spring 2020.


MORE INFO: Email questions/comments to info AT, 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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We are accepting Prose submissions through August 15, 2019. Please submit here.


We are accepting Prose Translation submissions through August 15, 2019. Please submit here.