Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

Contest Procedures

We treat all manuscripts with professional consideration and care

When your manuscript arrives, it is logged into our Colorado Prize database by our office assistant. The top cover sheet (with your name and address) is removed and filed away until the contest is over. Identities of authors submitting their manuscripts online are not visible to any of the judges.

Once all the entries have been received and the authors’ identities removed,  they are divided among three outside preliminary judges; the Center does not use interns or students to judge for this contest. Each judge receives approximately two hundred manuscripts from which to select up to ten finalists. If a judge recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, he or she contacts the Center and that manuscript is sent to another judge.

The final judge then receives up to thirty finalists from which to select the winner. If the final judge wishes to see additional manuscripts from the preliminary judges, he or she may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Friends, colleagues, and students (current or former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, and the judge agrees to refrain as well from selecting any manuscript that presents a conflict of interest (selecting, for example, a manuscript he or she has helped to develop).