Ends on April 20, 2019

$35.00 USD

The Catamaran Poetry Prize encourages the submission of previously  unpublished poetry manuscripts across a range of styles, themes, and  forms.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. 

A  prize of $1,000 and publication in book form will be awarded to the  poetry collection selected by the judge. 

Submissions must be received between November 15, 2019 and April 20, 2019 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 Poems in the collection  must be the original work of the author and previously unpublished in a book length collection.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. Publication 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 editor@catamaranliteraryreader.com and let us know immediately if your  manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

The  judge 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.

Revisions are  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  winning.

The winner will be announced to our Email list and on the Catamaran website in May 2019, and we expect to publish the winning collection in September 2019. 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. Please do not include names of people you would like to thank and acknowledge in your submission. These types of acknowledgements can be published with the winning manuscript. 

Catamaran will host a book launch event and reading with the winner and finalists in the fall of 2019.