Tupelo Press Dorset Prize & Poetry Tips


The 2011 Dorset Prize is open for submissions! The Dorset Prize includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. The final judge is Tom Sleigh and submissions should be received by December 31, 2011. Full details are available here: http://www.tupelopress.org/dorset.php 

Rumor of Cortez by Jeffrey Levine

If you’re considering entering your manuscript, you may want to visit the blog of Tupelo’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Levine. In a recent post, “On Making the Poetry Manuscript,” Levine provides advice on making a book out of your individual poems, from the perspective of one who reads three-to-four thousand manuscripts a year. 

In another post, Levine discusses the idea of order within the poetry manuscript. The following comes from “On the Idea of Order: A Western Key”:

Poets write to me, despairingly, “but there are so many equally good orders for a poetry manuscript!” And I suggest, of course there are. But, well before you settle on the order that suits, the key to creating a memorable book is to take the matter of creating order as an opportunity to look so much more closely at your poems.

From http://jeffreyelevine.com/2011/10/19/on-the-idea-of-order-a-western-key/ 

Whether you plan on submitting to the 2011 Dorset Prize or are knee-deep in the manuscript revision phase, Levine’s blog is a great resource offering tips to consider for improving your manuscript.

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