The Catamaran Poetry Prize encourages the submission of previously
unpublished poetry manuscripts across a range of styles, themes, and
forms. This contest is for a collection of poetry only. Manuscripts of
fiction, creative nonfiction, or screenplays are ineligible.The prize is
only open to West Coast poets living in California, Washington, Oregon,
Alaska, and Hawaii. All submissions should be written in English.
prize of $1,000 and publication in book form will be awarded to the
poetry collection selected by the judge. 500 books will be printed in
Submissions must be received between November 1, 2017 and
March 15, 2017 in order to be considered for publication. No late
submissions will be accepted.
Manuscripts must be typed,
paginated, and between 60--100 pages in length. Poems in the collection
must be the original work of the author and previously unpublished in a
book length collection. Poems can be published previously in print
magazines or online journals. Acknowledgments should be included for
previously published work. Please ensure all included quotations are
clearly attributed to the author.
Simultaneous submissions and
multiple submissions are acceptable. Please send us an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know immediately if your
manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
judge for 2018 is poet, playwright, and translator Zack Rogow. There is
no pre-screening process; all manuscripts will go directly to the
judge. Submissions will be read blind, so please remove your name from
the title page and content of the manuscript itself.
not allowed to the manuscript after it has been submitted to the
contest. However, the winning poet will have time to revise the
collection before publication. Catamaran reserves the right to get
approval from the judge if revisions are significant.
If our staff
encounters any difficulties in processing your submission we will
contact you to obtain a correction. Minor errors in your submission
(spelling, formatting, typographic errors) do not affect your chance of
The 2018 winner will be announced to our Email list and
on the Catamaran website in May 2018, and we expect to publish the
winning collection in September 2018. We will also announce the names of 5 finalists.
Reminder: this is a BLIND submission. Please remove your name from all pages of the manuscript, including from the title page. Manuscripts with identifying information will be "opened for editing" and not entered into the contest until the poet removes identifying information from all pages.