JUDGE: Eleni Sikelianos
The purpose of this prize is to make available a book of poetry from a new and exciting writer. We encourage all manner of poetry, but have particular interest in work that is adventurous, playful, insightful, and pushes boundaries of convention.
The prize of a published book with distribution will be awarded in 2010 (publication of the book in the same year). The author will receive a standard contract with Astrophil Press, 50 copies, and royalties. The prize is open to any writer in English who has not published a first or second book-length collection of poems. Poems previously published in periodicals may be included in the manuscript. All submissions must be original work. The editors of Astrophil Press will screen manuscripts for the judge. All judging will be done blindly.
Entries will be accepted from October 1st 2009 January 1st 2010.
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The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by March 31, 2010. We will publish the names of the winner and all finalists on the Astrophil Press website.
You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate cover with a fee. We will email you upon receipt of payment and manuscript.
The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after acceptance.
We will not accept revisions or additions during the reading period.
To be considered for the prize, send:
1. This must be a submission for your first or second book of poetry.
2. A clearly typed poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments. File formats accepted: DOC, PDF, and RTF. If your poetry has images or precise formatting requirements, we highly suggest submitting a PDF.
3. Two title pages. The first should contain your name, email, phone number, address, and the title of the work; the second should contain only the title of the work. Do not put your name or contact information on any other pages.
4. An entry fee of $20 by electronic submission through pay-pal (go to the Contest page on and add a contest to your cart).
If you do not want to submit your manuscript electronically, you may mail a check or money order and your manuscript to: Astrophil Press, 2794 Downing Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32205.
Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned. Current Students of Eleni Sikelianos will not be eligible.
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.