This is an open contest for the best poetry manuscript, selected annually. Our 2019 final judge is Maggie Smith. Please submit a book-length original collection of poems, approximately 48 to 96 pages, with no more than one poem per page. Poems should be single spaced. 

The reading fee through Submittable is $27, or you may choose to submit a hard copy for $25, payable to The Ashland Poetry Press.

Please see for hard copy mailing guidelines.

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Translations are not eligible.

Ashland University employees and their spouses are not eligible. Relatives, friends, or past and current students of contest judges are ineligible. 

Ashland Poetry Press