The 2016 Shelterbelt Poetry Prize

We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Poetry Prize, judged by Ada Limón. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press in Fall of 2017. Winners receive a $500 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party.

We believe in literature’s potential to create meaningful social change. To ensure that our winning books make it into the hands of readers and become part of the cultural landscape, we develop a specialized promotion plan for each winning author. This includes sending out review copies, marketing the book at a range of regional and national book fairs, creating broadsides of individual pieces, providing promotional materials, featuring the book on the Shelterbelt website, and working with the author to schedule readings.     

*Manuscripts should be between 48 and 100 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF format.

*We are happy to consider hybrid or collaborative works.  

*Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. 

*Please remove your name and any identifying information from the manuscript itself. You may, however, include an acknowledgments page.

*The final judge for this year’s competition is National Book Award finalist Ada Limón. You can read more about Ada here.

*We will accept manuscripts from September 1, 2016, 12am CST - December 15, 2016, 12 am CST. 

*Submit your contest manuscript through Submittable. We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts at this time.

*The entry fee is $10.00. Payments may be made with VISA, Mastercard, or Discover. 

*We cannot allow revisions to manuscripts during the contest selection process.

*Winners and 10 finalists will be announced in Spring of 2017.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entrants are asked to notify Shelterbelt Press immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. This contest is open to all poets, regardless of previous book publications. Students and former students of University of Illinois Springfield or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close are also not considered eligible. (Please query the press if doubtful.) 

To submit your manuscript for consideration, please visit our Submittable site: https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                         Shelterbelt Press, LLC is a 501(c)(3) literary publisher based in Springfield, Illinois.