The Mountain / West Poetry Series

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The Mountain West Poetry Series

Launched in January 2011 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, this series publishes one to two collections of poetry each year by poets living in the United States west of the Mississippi River, including Alaska, Hawaii, and the US Pacific Territories.

The Mountain/West Poetry Series seeks submissions that are relevant, environmentally conscious, and culturally engaged. We are interested in manuscripts that are vital in care, honest in ethics, formally inventive and astute, attuned to and questioning of tradition, historically aware, oriented to the overlapping concerns of the earthly, animal, and human.

Mountain/West Poetry titles are distributed nationally by the University Press of Colorado and the Chicago Distribution Center.

Series Editors

  • Stephanie G’Schwind
  • Donald Revell
  • Kazim Ali
  • Dan Beachy-Quick
  • Camille T. Dungy

Forthcoming Books

Daughters of Harriet

by Cynthia Parker-Ohene

coming March 2022

Latest Collections

  • West : Fire : Archive

    West : Fire : Archive

    By Iris Jamahl Dunkle

    Nineteenth in the Mountain/West Poetry Series, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, Kazim Ali, Dan Beachy-Quick, Camille...

  • Dears, Beloveds

    Dears, Beloveds

    By Kevin Phan

    Eighteenth in the Mountain/West Poetry Series, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, Kazim Ali, Dan Beachy-Quick, Camille...

  • The Minuses

    The Minuses

    By Jami Macarty

    Seventeenth in the Mountain West Poetry Series, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, Donald Revell & Kazim...

Submission Guidelines

The Center for Literary Publishing is not currently accepting submissions for the Mountain/West Poetry Series. Please check back in November 2021 for updated information on submitting.

We consider submissions for the series from poets living in the US west of the Mississippi River, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the US Pacific Territories. Please do not submit if you do not currently reside in one of these states or territories.

Poets who enter the Colorado Prize for Poetry and live in the US west of the Mississippi need not submit, as their manuscripts will automatically be considered for the series.

Manuscripts must be at least 60 pages but no more than 100 pages.

Individual poems within the manuscript may be previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Self-published books are not eligible for submission.

This is not a contest, and there is no submission fee.

Manuscripts will not be read blind. You may include, if applicable, acknowledgments noting poems’ previous publication.

Authors will receive a standard publishing contract that offers a $500 advance against royalties with 10 percent (net) royalties once the advance is earned out, as well as ten complimentary copies and a 40 percent author discount. Books are distributed to the trade by the University Press of Colorado.

Submissions will be accepted online only.

Questions?

Contact Stephanie G'Schwind

Stephanie G'Schwind

Director, Center for Literary Publishing