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The Cowles Poetry Book Prize
an annual competition in honor of Vern Cowles, a man who loved literature

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by April 1 annually.
Fee: $25 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry.
Award, contest deadline of April 1, 2015: $2,000 and 30 copies for the author, publication and distribution of a full-length poetry manuscript with a full-color perfect-bound cover, winner will retain full copyright of his or her work.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines:


Mail entries with $25 reading fee to:
Cowles Poetry Book Prize
Southeast Missouri State University Press
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Winner and finalists will be announced in early 2015 on our website

For further information, contact Carrie or Susan at