Welcome to the Poets Out Loud Prizes online submissions manager.

Please read the POL Prizes Submission Guidelines

When you are ready to submit, click on "Submit" at the bottom of this page and follow payment and submission instructions.

Note: All submissions must be through Submittable.
Ends on November 15, 2016$ 28.00
$ 28.00


Submissions will be accepted via Submittable through NOVEMBER 15, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Please note that this year we are accepting manuscripts online only through this website.

Contest is open to poets with or without previous book-length publication.

Volumes by two winners will be published by Fordham University Press: 

1) The POL Prize, selected by the Prize Judge
2) The Editor’s Prize, selected by the POL Prizes Series Editor

Both authors will receive $1,000 and a New York City book launch.

2016-2017 POL Prize Judge: Afaa Michael Weaver
Series Editor: Elisabeth Frost

Manuscripts that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be read. Reading fees are non-refundable.

1. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, original and in English (no translations)

2. Manuscripts must be formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 letter sized paper; pages must be numbered

3. Length: 50-100 pages (approximate)

4. Manuscripts may include a table of contents but should not list acknowledgments.

5. The poet's name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript; any manuscript that includes the author's information will be disqualified

6. The poet will be charged a non-refundable $28 fee ($25 reading fee + $3 online processing)

7. Manuscripts cannot be commented upon; no changes can be made after submission

8. Multiple entries are allowed, provided each submission complies with these guidelines (including paying a submission fee for each submission)

9. Notify us if another publisher accepts your manuscript after it is submitted to the POL Prizes by updating your status on our online submissions manager and by e-mailing: pol@fordham.edu

10. The POL Prizes are not open to: students or employees of Fordham University; current or former students or friends of the Prize Judge or the Series Editor

11. Entries will be read anonymously

12. The POL Prizes comply with the CLMP code of ethics (see below)


Manuscripts are read anonymously by a group of qualified poets/critics, selected by the series editor. If a reader recognizes a manuscript or knows its author, that manuscript is forwarded to a different reader or readers. Numbers of initial readers vary from year to year, but the majority of initial readers is comprised of past winners of the POL Prizes. Finalist submissions are read by the final judge and series editor over a period of weeks.


Results will be announced in Spring 2017. Please check Submittable or www.fordham.edu/pol for notification of winners and finalists.


CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.