Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel                       Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Vern Cowles Poetry Chapbook Prize                          Mighty River Short Story Contest

Vern Cowles Prize for a Trinity of Poems

 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Winner and Finalis

Terry Lucas, California If They Have Ears to Hear

Finalists: Phillip Howerton, Arizona "Bloodroot"
                                       Michael S. Glaser, Maryland  "The Threshold of Light"
                        Harold Whit Williams, Texas  "Backmasking"

2013 Vern Cowles Poetry Chapbook Prize

Cowles Poetry Chapbook Prize                           Chapbooks


Winner Receives $1,000 and 25 copies


Now Accepting Submissions!

Deadline: October 1, 2013

Send Entries with $15 fee to:

Cowles Chapbook Prize
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701





  • Send 24 to 36 pages and a separate cover sheet with chapbook title, author's name, address,  and phone

  • Chapbook as a whole must not have been previously published, but previous publication of individual poems in magazines or anthologies is acceptable

  • $15 fee includes copy of winning chapbook

  • Send SASE for notification of finalists

  • Manuscripts will be recycled at the end of the competition unless SASE with sufficient postage is included