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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, 2018.

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 will be announced.

• 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.

• Questions should be addressed to Andrea Spofford or Susan Wallace.

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