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Friday, February 12, 2021

The Bergman Prize for poetry

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Deadline: March 1, 2021 11:59 PM PDT

The Bergman Prize is open to poets living in the United States who have not published more than one book-length collection of poetry with a registered ISBN.

Manuscripts must be submitted via Submittable by March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT. There is no fee for submitting. A winner will be announced to the public by May 31, 2021.

Current or former students, colleagues, employees, family members, and close friends of the judge are not eligible for the prize.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be original poetry manuscripts written in the English language. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Translations and works by multiple authors are not accepted. 
  • Manuscripts must be a minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 80 numbered pages in length, including the title page and table of contents. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start on a new page.
  • Manuscripts should be formatted using a standard typeface in 12-point font. Manuscripts may be single-spaced, 1.5-spaced, or double-spaced.
  • Upload your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Include a title page with the title only and a table of contents. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the uploaded document.
  • Include a cover letter where indicated on Submittable. Cover letter should include author’s brief bio (no more than 200 words) and a list of acknowledgments of previously published poems. Do not include acknowledgements, biographical information, or any other cover letter within the document of the manuscript.
  • Submitting more than one manuscript to the prize is not allowed. Manuscripts that do not adhere to submission guidelines will not be considered.
  • Revisions or corrections are not permitted once your manuscript has been submitted. The prizewinner will have an opportunity to edit their manuscript prior to publication.
  • You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. 

The Bergman Prize reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition.

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