The Dorset Prize includes a cash award
of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and
national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are
judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please
read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.
Who May Submit
The Dorset Prize is open to anyone writing
in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad.
Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published
books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors previously published by Tupelo
Press are not eligible.
Poets submitting work for consideration
may be published authors or writers without prior book publications. While the
first three winners of the annual Dorset Prize were first books (the anonymous
process seems to work), we receive many submissions from poets with significant
publishing histories, including previous books, so the competition is intense.
Please take this into consideration when deciding whether to enter a manuscript
for the Dorset Prize.
Manuscript Requirements & Ethical Guidelines
Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents. There is no mandatory page count. We suggest in the area of 48 to 88 pages, but all manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length, and no manuscript will be rejected simply because it's shorter or longer.
Include two cover pages: one with the title of the
manuscript only, the other with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone
number, and email address. Cover letters or biography notes are optional; if
included, these will not be read until the conclusion of the contest.
Individual poems in a contest
manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, or
anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.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 Tupelo Press
promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Before you submit a manuscript to a
Tupelo Press competition, please consider exploring the work of the poets we
have published. WeĠre drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant
imagination; memorable, vivid imagery and strikingly musical approaches to
language; willingness to take risks; and an ability to convey penetrating
insights into human experience.
Tupelo Press endorses and abides by the
Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP),
which can be reviewed here, along with more about Tupelo Presss ethical
considerations for literary contests.
To confirm receipt of your manuscript, include a self-addressed stamped postcard.
The online Submissions Manager automatically confirms receipt.
To receive notification of the winner and finalists, include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
An email announcement will also be sent to all entrants.
Beyond these notifications, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript
and/or payment. Both the electronic submission manager and the PayPal system
offer automated confirmations. We receive thousands of manuscripts each year
and cannot offer individual acknowledgments. Thank you for your understanding.
Please do not
enclose a SASE for return of manuscript. All manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of
the competition, except those under consideration for future publication.
All entries must be postmarked or certified by our online Submission Manager by midnight of December 31, 2012.
Results will be announced in spring 2013. We notify all entrants in three ways:
1. Via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their manuscript.
2. Via email to those who included an email address with their contact information.
3. We post the results on our website.
A reading fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission
is accompanied by a separate $28 reading fee.
Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees
help defray, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and
publishing the many books we select outside of our competitions.
There are two ways to pay:
1. Send a check or money order, payable to Tupelo Press.
2. Pay via PayPal, either with your own PayPal account, or with your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex).
Submit Your Manuscript Now
There are two ways to submit your manuscript:
1. Via postal mail. Be sure to include your check, money order, or copy of your PayPal receipt.
Mail your domestic submission to:
Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, PO Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247
Mail your international submission to:
Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, 243 Union Street, # 305, North Adams MA 01247 USA
2. Via our online Submission Manager: Submit Now
Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading to
the Submission Manager. Include cover pages, table of contents, and
acknowledgments in the same document as your manuscript. Do not
under any circumstance upload the same manuscript more than once unless you pay
a separate reading fee for the second entry.
Please note, you may combine payment and submission methods as you wish. If you send your manuscript by mail you may pay by check (enclosed with your manuscript) or via PayPal (enclosing a copy of the receipt with your manuscript). If you submit your manuscript online you may pay by check (sent to the address above) or via PayPal.
Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Press.
We look forward to reading your work!