Entrants must reside in the United States. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length (single spaced). Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.
Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. The inclusion of a biographical note is optional.
Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number should appear on the title page of your manuscript. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.
The Kundiman Poetry Prize is judged by consensus of the members of Kundiman's Artistic Staff and the Alice James Books Editorial Board. Manuscripts are not read anonymously.
Winners will be announced in June.
Guidelines for Electronic Manuscript Submission
You may submit your manuscript to The Kundiman Poetry Prize electronically by accessing our online submission manager here. Entry fee is $28.
Guidelines for Print Manuscript SubmissionShould you wish to submit your manuscript via postal mail, mail your entry to:
P.O. Box 4248
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send your only copy.
Entry fee is $28. Checks or money orders should be made out to Alice James Books. On the memo line of your check write "The Kundiman Poetry Prize."
Checklist for print manuscript entry:
- One (1) copy of manuscript enclosed, with acknowledgements and two (2) copies of title page
- $28 entry fee
- Business sized SASE
- Stamped addressed postcard
- Postmarked by March 1, 2013