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2014 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2014 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Patty Paine, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Each winner will have his/her submission published and will receive a $300 cash prize and 30 perfect-bound copies. All contest entries will be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing, as well.

We will accept submissions that are entered through Submittable or postmarked on or before April 30th. Winners will be announced in June. The contest is open to any poet writing in English. Employees of Accents or family members of judges are ineligible to participate. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines:

  • 16 to 36 pages of poetry
  • Table of contents
  • Single spaced
  • Numbered pages
  • 11 pt font minimum

Your name should not appear anywhere within the manuscript. Please do not send the only copy of your work, as manuscripts will be recycled.

The entry fee is $15.00. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each requires a separate entry fee.

To enter, you may either submit your manuscript electronically through Submittable or mail a printed manuscript to Accents Publishing.

If you are submitting electronically, please follow the instructions here. You will be prompted to upload your manuscript and pay the entry fee during the submission process.

If you are submitting a printed copy through the mail, be sure to include a cover page with your name, the title of your manuscript, and your contact information (address, phone, and email). Please send your complete submission, along with a check or money order for $15.00 (payable to Accents Publishing) to:

Accents Publishing
Attn: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
P.O. Box 910456
Lexington, KY 40591-0456

Patty Paine is the author of The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press) and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf (Berkshire Academic Press). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, Verse Daily, The Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal and many other publications. She is the founding editor of diode poetry journal and Diode Editions. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and serves as Assistant Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
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