Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

MWPS 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Individual poems within the manuscript may be previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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? Please contact Stephanie G’Schwind at Stephanie(dot)Gschwind(at)colostate(dot)edu.