Ends on 9/30/2015
Guidelines: 2015 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2015
Final Judge: C. G. Hanzlicek
Award: $2,000 prize, and publication by Anhinga Press
The 2015 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry includes: a cash award of $2,000; publication of the manuscript by Anhinga Press; 25 author’s copies of the finished manuscript; and a public reading at California State University, Fresno.
Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.
Who May Submit
The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is open to any U.S. poet (including legal residents) writing in the English language. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Current and former faculty and students of California State University, Fresno are not eligible. Close friends and family members of the final judge are also not eligible.
Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents and numbered pages. Manuscript should be 48-80 pages in length (not including title pages, acknowledgements, table of contents, etc.) and no more than one poem should appear on each page. No cover letters or biographical notes, please.
If you are submitting an online manuscript: Within the document, please include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Within Submittable, for our administrative purposes, you can include your contact information (author name, address, telephone number, and email address).
If you are submitting a paper manuscript: Please include two cover pages. One cover page should include the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript remains anonymous. The second cover page, for our administrative purposes, should include the title of manuscript, author name, address, telephone number, and email address.
Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Levine Prize staff promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:
1. Conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
2. To provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
3. To make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.
This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contest contributes to a vibrant literary heritage.
Notification of Receipt
To confirm receipt of your paper manuscript, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Online submissions will receive automated notification of receipt. Please keep these for your records.
Please do not enclose a SASE for return of a manuscript. All paper manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition.
Notification of Results
To receive mailed notification of the winner and finalists, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Results will be announced in late December 2015 or early January 2016. We notify all entrants in three ways: via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their paper manuscript; via email to those who included an email address with their paper or online manuscript; and online via our MFA program’s website, social media, and elsewhere.
All entries must be certified by Submittable (online) or postmarked (hard copy) by September 30, 2015.
There are two ways to pay your entry fee:
Via Submittable online: An entry fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each online submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission.
Via postal mail: An entry fee of $25 (U.S.) must accompany each hard-copy submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission. Checks or money orders can be mailed to the address below, and they should be made payable to “Fresno State – Levine Prize.”
Submit Your Manuscript
There are two ways to submit your manuscript:
Via Submittable online: Submissions are accepted July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 only. Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading. Reminder: do not include contact information in the body of your manuscript. Include a title page with manuscript title only and enter your contact information separately into Submittable so that the manuscript remains anonymous.
Via postal mail: The Levine Prize encourages online submissions to save paper, but we still welcome mailed manuscripts. Be sure to include your check or money order.
You can mail your submission to:
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Fresno State, Department of English
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98
Fresno, CA 93740
Corrinne Clegg Hales, contest coordinator: email@example.com
Levine Prize staff: firstname.lastname@example.org or 559.278.1569