THE PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, IN ENGLISH
is a one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and reward the poets and publishers of small, medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in the English language in the past 17 years.
Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in the UK, AT Pembroke College, Cambridge University, 2018.
The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY.
ALL 21 winning books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our award-winning blog, and via social media. Submissions close LAST DAY OF MARCH 2018.
The judges have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics, and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK. The full list of judges is listed below.
ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2017 are eligible; this includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED in whatever format (i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).
Poets, their publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit (in other words, nominate) a book may do so. Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.
Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on our BLOG HERE WITHIN 72 HOURS – duplications will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the Eyewear postal address: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.
All shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. Judges will select what they consider the best book from the books they are given to judge. All other books will be donated to charity shops.
The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, including Todd Swift, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.
* The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.
• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit each title is £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.
• Books must be original work, by a single author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2017. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.
All poets over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.
Code of Ethics
• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff.
• Given the large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family member, or close colleague.
• Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd are not eligible.
This prize is given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems more so.
Note: Eyewear Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will be returned within 3 months.
The Sexton Prize is an annual publication award now with a $1,500 honorarium for an outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet. The winning manuscript will be published by Eyewear Publishing LTD and distributed, and marketed in both the United States and the United Kingdom, simultaneously in the Spring of 2019, if possible to coincide with an AWP conference.
The Sexton Prize is open to poets at all career stages, from emerging to established; poets of every age and level of publication experience are encouraged to submit. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
Submissions close May 1, 2018.
The final judge for the 2018 Sexton Prize is the major Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and critic, Professor Lloyd Schwartz.
Lloyd Schwartz was born on November 29, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1962 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976. Schwartz’s most recent book of poetry is Little Kisses (University of Chicago, 2017) - other books are Cairo Traffic (University of Chicago Press, 2000), which was preceded by Goodnight, Gracie (University of Chicago Press, 1992) and These People (Wesleyan University Press, 1981). He is also editor of two volumes of collected works by Elizabeth Bishop: Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose and Letters (Library of America, 2008), which he co-edited with Robert Giroux, and Prose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). Schwartz’s most recent book, Music In—and On—the Air (PFP, 2013), is a collection of his music reviews that appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air. About his work, the poet Richard Howard has said: “The poet has extended his reach as well as his grasp, and we are the richer for it, through no less ravaged: these people (and these poems) are devastated by life, of which they offer us, unnervingly, the flagrant shards.” His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry series. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Schwartz has taught at Boston State College, Queens College, and Harvard University, and is currently Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is also the senior editor of classical music for New York Arts and a regular commentator on NPR’s Fresh Air.
• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. The fee to submit is $25. Entrants receive a 50% off coupon code for use on any Eyewear title. There will be an early-bird fee for submissions made before February 1 2018, of $15.
• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language, single-space and with 12 font size Arial or Times New Roman. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work.
• Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self-publishing constitutes prior publication).
• Submissions should be made without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page, as the judge will not consider this information.
The Sexton Prize is open to American poets who either reside in the United States of America. or who will be residing there for at least a year, as of January, 2018. The Prize is open to citizens as well as residents holding legal permission, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, Temporary Protected, and Legal Permanent (“green card”), among others. Contact Eyewear if you have questions about eligibility or would like us to consider a circumstance not named above - at email@example.com.
Code of Ethics
• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD staff; we will not use students or interns to screen submissions.
• The Final Judge of The 2017 Sexton Prize is Lloyd Schwartz. Close friends, employees, family members, and current students of the final judge are not eligible to submit to The Sexton Prize.
• Authors who have had a full-length work of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing LTD or who are under contract with Eyewear are not eligible to submit to The Sexton Prize.
• The Sexton Prize takes its name from the church office of the sexton: a custodian of sacred objects and a ringer of bells that call communities to gather. It’s our mission in The Sexton Prize to be caretakers of literary talent in our time, and to sound the call for international literary communities to come together in the celebration of poetry.
The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the UK and Ireland. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets anthology in 2018, following classic anthologies from 2016 and 2017. This year's anthology will be guest-edited by famous American poet, Maggie Smith.
Eligibility: poets resident in the UK or Ireland, regardless of nationality, as well as passport holders from the UK or Ireland who live abroad, are eligible to submit work for consideration if they have not yet published (and are not under contract to publish at time of entry) a full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have published pamphlets are eligible to compete. Submissions are open to 7th January, 2018.
Guidelines: submit one to three original poems in the English language for consideration. Poems may have appeared before in print periodicals, journals, or magazines, but not in online venues. Please include any prior publication information for each submitted poem in your cover letter. Your cover letter should also include a brief biographical note with your contact details. Do not include your name on your poems; the final judge will consider the submitted work anonymously.
About this year's judge: American poet Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three prize-winning chapbooks.
Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Magma, Waxwing, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a consulting editor to the Kenyon Review. Her poem 'Good Bones' was a global phenomenon in 2016 and has been read over one million times.
Building on the success of our 2015 Michael Marks Publishers’ Award-shortlisted 20/20 Pamphlet series, and our 2016 Aviator and 2017 Lorgnette Pamphlet series, Eyewear is pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Goggles Pamphlet Series, selected and edited by Todd Swift.
Eyewear will select and publish pamphlets from this open reading period. All poets working in the English language are welcome to submit original, previously unpublished pamphlets for consideration. To submit a pamphlet, upload your manuscript via our Submittable system. CLOSES 1 JUNE 2018.
Manuscripts should be in English, and consist of at least 16 pages of poetry. The maximum is 30 pages of poetry. The poems cannot have been previously published in book or pamphlet form, but may have appeared separately online, in journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Selected poets are offered a contract and have 10 days to decide to accept the offer. Their books will then appear by end of 2018.