The Sixth Annual Verse Prize

Judged by the Editors of Verse Press Deadline: February 28, 2005 $1,000 and book publication


The winning poet will have his or her book of poems published in 2006 by Verse Press, and receive a $1,000 advance against royalties under a standard book contract.


Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless that person has studied with or is a close friend of the judge, in which case that person will be ineligible to enter or win the contest. Age and previous book publication are not considerations for eligibility. Poems published in print or online periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Translations are ineligible.

Manuscript Format:

Suggested length: 50 to 70 pages, single-spaced, paginated. The manuscript must be typed (clear photocopies are acceptable) and bound only by a clip.

Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and email; one with book title only), table of contents, and acknowledgments page with manuscript. The author’s name should not appear anywhere but on the first title page. Biographical information should not be included.


Enclose SASE for notification of contest winner only. WE WILL NOT RETURN MANUSCRIPTS, so don’t send your only copy. Winner will be announced in August 2005.

Simultaneous Submissions:

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but entrant must notify Verse Press immediately if his or her manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple Submissions:

Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable. Each manuscript must be submitted separately, each with entry fee and SASE.


The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.

Entry Fee:

A $20 entry fee in the form of a check or money order payable to Verse Press must accompany all submissions. All manuscripts will be considered for future publication.


Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2005. No Fed Ex, UPS, or other overnight mail services. No fax or electronic submissions.

Submissions should be sent first-class mail to:

Verse Prize

c/o Verse Press

221 Pine Street, Studio 258

Florence, MA 01062.

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