Eastern iowa review poetry prize
The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize (formerly the Zero Bone Poetry Prize) will award three poets a prize for poems deemed in keeping with our goals of smart writing from a "good spaces" context suitable for a wide audience. We may also select honorable mentions.
Open to submissions January 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016. A decision will be made by mid-May and winners announced online.
New for 2016:
Online submissions only (via Submittable)
A reading fee of $3 per grouping of 1 to 5 poems; submit as many times after hearing back from us as you wish. Do recall that in 2014 & 2015, we took only mail submissions at a cost of $2 per poem, plus cost of shipping and envelope. A $3 fee for up to 5 poems is an obviously better deal.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to 3 poets, not necessarily 3 poems. That is, if a poet submits 5 poems and we love 3 of them, 1 of them, or all 5 of them, and we deem the poet deserving of a first place award for the single or the grouping, they will get the one first place prize. That is, prizes are issued per poet, not per poem.
No poem length restrictions.
No poem style restrictions. Prose poems are welcome as are found poems, free verse, haiku, rhyming poems, etc.
No poem topic restrictions, but do remember that we're looking for "good spaces" for a wide (i.e., family-friendly) audience. Essentially, if your poem contains profanity, overt sexuality, graphic violence, or other potentially offensive elements, it will be declined.
Include all poems in one document; separate by page breaks or titles.
All poems must be completely unpublished (no blogs, Facebook, etc., appearances; no reprints whatsoever).
All winning poems will be included in the 2016 print edition of the Eastern Iowa Review, release date summer, 2016. Some or all poems may also appear online.
Prize amounts this year: 1st place poet - $100, 2nd place poet - $50, 3rd place poet - $25. Winners will also receive 1 copy of the issue in which their poem(s) appear and a reduced buying rate for extra copies.
Terms of Publication
By submitting your work to the Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize, you agree, should your work be accepted, to grant the Eastern Iowa Review exclusive print and electronic rights to your work until the time of print publication, as well as a non-exclusive right to maintain a copy of the published work in the literary journal archives indefinitely, online included. Any subsequent publication should include the credit “originally published in the Eastern Iowa Review.”
“Exclusive print and electronic rights” means that you agree not to re-publish your work elsewhere in print or online until the time of print publication. “Publish” means any public display of your work, and includes your personal website and posting to message boards. You are welcome to link to the page featuring your work instead, if sample excerpts or the complete work is featured online. Once the issue your work appears in has been published in print, you are free to republish your work in print or online. We have the right to display your work, in part or the whole, for promotional purposes online, in flyers, etc., in perpetuity. This includes on various online sales channels, in perpetuity.
Effective 2014, you also grant the Eastern Iowa Review the perpetual right to post an audio version (podcast) of your work on this or another site using our choice of reader.
You retain all other rights, including the right to re-publish the work in electronic or non-electronic form once the print issue has been released.
Letters to the editor(s) from any party may be published in whole or in part here or elsewhere on line. Names and other identifying information will be withheld unless the author’s express permission is obtained. We welcome letters to the editor. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember The Duotrope! Please report your submissions to the Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize to help reflect a more accurate Duotrope reportage.
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