Call for Submissions

The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is awarded to an unpublished book of poetry. The winner’s collection will be published by Twelve Winters Press in print and digital formats (with the possibility of an author-read audio version). The winner will also receive twenty copies of the print edition, 20% of the funds generated by the contest entries up to a maximum prize of $1,000, and an offer of the Press’s standard publishing agreement, which includes 20% royalties.

The winner and finalists will be determined by the final judge, J.D. Schraffenberger, and the winning collection will be reviewed by the North American Review. Some finalists may be offered publication via Twelve Winters as well.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The collection must be between 50 and 80 manuscript pages.
  • Follow standard manuscript submission guidelines (e.g., a minimum of 11-point font, in either Times New Roman, Calibri, or another conventional typeface).
  • The poems must be the poet’s original work, and she/he must have the rights and permissions to publish the poems and all of their contents.
  • The poems must be in English. Words and brief phrases in other languages within the poems or as epigraphs are acceptable.
  • The submitted manuscript must be free of any information that identifies the poet.
  • Close friends, family and students of J.D. Schraffenberger are ineligible.

Entries must be submitted via the Press’s Submittable site by November 2, 2015. There is a nonrefundable $25 fee – or $35, nonrefundable, if the entrant wishes to receive a copy of the winning collection when it is published.

The winner and finalists will be announced in spring 2016.


About the Contest Judge:

J.D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two collections of poems, The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters) and Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan), and his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Brevity, Best Creative Nonfiction, and Prairie Schooner. He is also the editor of The Great Sympathetic: Walt Whitman and the North American Review (NAR Press).