The submission period for the 2016 Spacks Prize is now open.
The Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, awarded to an original full-length manuscript of poems. The prize honors Barry Spacks, an influential poet and teacher. The winning poet will have their manuscript published by Gunpowder Press, with 50 author copies and an award of $500.
Gunpowder Press is honored that poet Thomas Lux has agreed to be final judge for this award.
Thank you to Dan Gerber, judge of the 2015 Spacks Prize, and congratulations to the winning poet, Catherine Abbey Hodges, whose winning book, Instead of Sadness, was released by Gunpowder in December. 100 manuscripts were considered for the 2015 prize.
Original manuscripts of 48-100 pages will be accepted until April 30, 2016.
The entry fee is $20. $25 entry includes a copy of the selected manuscript.
No refunds once the manuscript has been submitted.
Manuscripts may not be altered once submitted, although the winner will be allowed to make final revisions before publication.
Please use 12 point font.
Manuscripts should be at least 48 but no more than 100 pages in length.
Individual poems may have been previously published, and should be listed on an acknowledgements page, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Manuscripts must be all, or primarily, in English. Translations and collaborations are not eligible.
Because of the number of submissions we receive, we cannot enter into correspondence with authors. Finalists will be announced during the summer, with the winner posted by fall on our Website and announced in Poets & Writers Magazine.