Learn about the Colorado Prize for Poetry book contest
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.
- Stephanie G’Schwind
- Donald Revell
- Kazim Ali
- Dan Beachy-Quick
- Camille T. Dungy
by Tommy Archuletta
coming March 2023
Daughters of Harriet
Drawing inspiration from the life of Harriet Tubman, Cynthia Parker-Ohene’s poetic narratives follow a historical...
West : Fire : Archive
Nineteenth in the Mountain/West Poetry Series, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, Kazim Ali, Dan Beachy-Quick, Camille...
Eighteenth in the Mountain/West Poetry Series, edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, Kazim Ali, Dan Beachy-Quick, Camille...
The Center for Literary Publishing is currently accepting submissions for the Mountain/West Poetry Series through January 20, 2022.
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Individual poems within the manuscript may be previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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. Please submit here.
Contact Stephanie G'Schwind