Poetry Contest--Deadline Jan 16 '09

"Discovery"/Boston Review 2009 Poetry Contest:
The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

Now in its fifth decade, the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Contest, formerly "Discovery"/The Nation, is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book. For the second year, the Poetry Center is proud to partner with Boston Review. Four winners are awarded a reading at the Y (set for Monday, May 11, 2009, 8:15pm), publication in Boston Review and $500. Timothy Donnelly, poetry editor at Boston Review, coordinates the contest, and three leading poets are invited to judge. We're pleased to announce that Mary Jo Bang, Terrance Hayes and Mark Strand will judge in 2009. Many winners of this contest have gone on to distinguished careers as poets, among them Marilyn Hacker, Katha Pollitt, Mary Jo Salter, Nick Flynn, and Gary Soto.


1. The contest is open to poets who have not published a book of poems (chapbooks and self-published books
included). Those who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book
contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before Fall 2009. Individual
poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two
of the submitted poems must be unpublished and under two pages in length.

2. Submit four identical sets of a typed ten-page manuscript. Each set is to contain the same ten pages in the
same order. Include no more than one poem per page. NO personal identification should appear on any of the
poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems.

3. Photocopied manuscripts are acceptable. However, in the case of previously published poems, do not send
photocopied pages of the periodical or book in which the poem(s) originally appeared.

4. Please staple each manuscript; do not use paper clips.

5. Enclose ONE cover letter including your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers, as well
as a list of the submitted poems in the order in which they appear, with copyright attributions for published
poems. Do not attach this cover letter to the manuscripts.

6. An entry fee of $10.00 must accompany the submission. Please make checks (drawn on U.S. banks only) or
money orders (in U.S. currency only) payable to the 92nd Street Y, and attach them to your cover letter. DO

7. All poems must be original and in English (no translations).

8. No contestant may submit more than one entry. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the contest

9. Entries must be received by Friday, January 16, 2009. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of
your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard (not envelope) and allow several weeks for
its return. Due to the large number of submission received, manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be
contacted by telephone in March 2009; all contest entrants will be mailed the names of the winners shortly

10. No phone queries can be taken, either to inquire about contest guidelines or to request the names of
winners. If you wish to hear a recording of the guidelines, or to receive another set of these guidelines in the
mail, call 212.415.5759. These guidelines are also available at: www.92Y.org/poetry.

Mail contest submissions to:
"Discovery"/Boston Review 2009
Unterberg Poetry Center
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

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