Jacar Press

OPEN for submissions January 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018
Chapbook and Full-Length Contests – last year we published two books in each category. We never make our authors pre-sell, and we send out review copies and pay contest fees for our authors.
Guidelines for the 2018 Competitions.
Email all submissions to – [email protected]
Full-Length Poetry Book Contest
Full length manuscripts must be 40 – 80 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgments page, biography, etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
The entry fee of $15 will go towards publishing the book. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
Final Judge will be a nationally recognized poet. Past judges have been Chana Bloch, Dorianne Laux, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, H้l่ne Cardona, Lola Haskins, Stuart Dischell, Betty Adcock, Jamaal May, Rickey Laurentiis, Joseph Millar, John Hoppenthaler, Zeina Hashem Beck and Julie Suk. The judges for 2018 will be released after the competition has closed, but include a 3 time finalist for the National Book Award.
You may submit more than one manuscript, but there is a separate fee for each manuscript submitted, and each manuscript must be submitted separately.
In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2018 Full-Length Book Contest (example – Krawiec 2018 Full-Length Book Contest). In the body of the email list the manuscript title, your name, address, email and all acknowledgements for where individual poems have been published. Submit the poetry manuscript as a Word attachments, single-spaced, 12 point type. The attached manuscript should contain only your poems and a table of content. Nothing more. Do not put your name or publication acknowledgements anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Please feel free to simultaneously submit this manuscript to other publishers and contests. Just let us know if you win.
Winning manuscripts will receive publication and a contract that pays them 10% of all sales, after publishing expenses are covered, from the first 200 books sold. This royalty escalates to 40% of all sales, after expenses, from copies 201-400 sold. Once the 400 sales figure is reached, writers will receive 50% of all sales, after expenses. Finalists will be considered for publication at the discretion of Jacar Press.

Poetry Chapbook Competition

Chapbook manuscripts must be between 20-32 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgment page, and a page for your biography. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
The submission process for the Chapbook Competition is identical to the process listed above for the Full Length Manuscript, with these exceptions. In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2018 Chapbook Contest(Krawiec 2016 Chapbook Contest). Entry fee for the Chapbook Contest is only $10.
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