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Sheila-Na-Gig Editions Poetry Manuscript Contest: Accepts Submissions January 1- July 1 Yearly.

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions invites entries for our annual full-length poetry manuscript contest January 1 through July 1, yearly.

Please follow the guidelines below to be eligible for the contest:

  • Submit a full-length poetry manuscript (60-100 pgs) via Submittable. Manuscripts will not be considered via email or snail mail.
  • Poems may be previously published in journals or online. Please only include work from chapbooks, however, if it makes up less than 1/2 of your full-length manuscript.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not refundable.
Work will be judged on the merits of the manuscripts alone. Please help us judge the work in a “blind” forum by following these next guidelines carefully:
  • DO NOT include a bio or formal cover letter.
  • DO NOT include an acknowledgments page for previously published work. If your manuscript is selected for publication, you may send along this information later.
  • DO NOT include your name ANYWHERE on your manuscript or in the Submittable title of your submission. Submissions that reveal authors’ identities will be disqualified.
  • SPECIAL REQUEST: If we have published your work at Sheila-Na-Gig online, PLEASE DO NOT include these poems in your manuscript. If your manuscript is selected, you may put these poems back in.
    • One manuscript will be selected for publication by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. For a sample volume, you may want to order today will take your breath away by Marc Swan, or Traveling for No Good Reason by George Franklin, or The Shape of Emptiness by Regina O’Melveny.
  • $1,000 honorarium + 20% royalties
  • 25 copies of the published manuscript (and 40% discounts on future orders)
  • All participants will receive a copy of the winning volume upon publication. International participants will receive ebook copies.


THE JUDGE: Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Founder & Editor, Sheila-Na-Gig online & Sheila-Na-Gig Editions:

NEW POLICY — THE RESPONSE TIME: As the judge of the contest, I personally read every manuscript submitted. This is a lengthy process. To help cut down on the response time, I will now pick up to three manuscripts per month during the submission period to move on to next stages. Poets will be informed (within two weeks of the end of the month in which they submitted their work) whether their manuscript has moved on or has been bumped from the competition. Working in this manner, I can expect to announce the contest winner on August 1 each year.

THE FINE PRINT: Sheila-Na-Gig Editions reserves the right to not select a winning manuscript if none meet our standards for publication. In the case of this unlikely event, reading fees will be refunded. We really want to publish manuscripts, however! Familiarize yourself with the works on Sheila-Na-Gig online to get a sense of our aesthetic. We publish well-crafted free verse poetry and especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.
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