Manuscript Contest

Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Contest Guidelines

PrizeThe winning entrant will receive a cash prize of $100 and fifty copies of a market-ready, 6” by 9”, soft-cover book. This includes editing, cover design by (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing), pricing, and ISBN registration. The winner may assume the cost of additional copies.

Who may enterThe competition is open to all Active dues-paid and Life members of PST, writing in English. The manuscript should be original work by a single author. The winner must agree to three public readings from his or her book. One reading is for a PST monthly meeting; one at the annual summer conference of PST following the announcement in November; and a third reading will be arranged by the author. Entry acknowledges agreement with these stipulations. The winner of this prize and Eakin winners will not be eligible to enter again for six years. PST will select a judge whose name will be announced when the winner is announced. All rights revert to the winner after publication.

DeadlineManuscripts must be postmarked between June 15, 2020 and August 1, 2020.

Previously published materialThe manuscript may include both unpublished and poems published in journals and anthologies but may not include poems from your other books, print or electronic. You must have rights to previously published poems. No more than 25% of the manuscript may be previously published.

Entry fee—A check for $10 payable to Poetry Society of Texas for each manuscript. Multiple entries are allowed with separate fees.

Length—The submitted manuscript should contain between 45 and 60 pages of poetry, not including other matter.

Format—Submit a single copy of your manuscript. No line of poetry in the manuscript should contain more than 60 characters (that is, letters, spaces, and punctuation). The manuscript must have a title page without author identification. Number the pages; include a table of contents. It must be bound in some manner (manuscript clip is preferred). No identification should appear on the submitted manuscript. Manuscripts with poems that contain explicit sexual language or expletives will not be considered.

Include these items separate from the bound manuscript:

  1. A manuscript title page with your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  2. A single copy of one of the poems from the manuscript. (If your manuscript wins, that poem will be printed in A Book of the Year and read at PST Awards Banquet.) This copy should have your author identification and a notation that it is a part of your Lubbe manuscript.
  3. A list of acknowledgments for the published poems.

Send to Susan Maxwell Campbell, 115 North Wisteria, Mansfield TX 76063-1835.

Judge and winner will be announced at the annual PST awards banquet, November 14, 2020.

Recent winners include Diane Glancy, Charlotte Renk, and Terry Jude Miller.