Eyewear Publishing LTD is accepting poetry and prose through its 2017 submission channels. 

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 final judging panel comprises* : FULL BIOGRAPHIES AND NAMES HERE

 

* The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.

  

Guidelines

• 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.

Eligibility

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.


Ends on July 2, 2018

Building on the international reach and success of our publishing's house's backlist of world-class authors, poets, and critics, as well as writers exploring politics and popular culture, each issue of THE EYEWEAR REVIEW will be a proper bound quality edition, distributed in the UK, Ireland and the USA, as well as online globally.

We welcome submissions of up to three unpublished poems; short stories or essays of 5,000 words or less; and reviews of single books or collections of between 500 and 1,500 words. We would also consider reviews of films or LPs, as well as plays and musicals, or TV series, of exceptional value or note (Get Out, for instance, Twin Peaks season 3, or Lemonade).

Submissions should come with a cover sheet with a brief factual biographical statement, the author's full name, and contact details.

Poetry single spaced; prose double-spaced; times new roman or arial font only; all pages paginated.

We will pay £10 per poem accepted; £25 per review or prose piece.

There is no cost to submit; however we encourage you to take out a subscription when you submit - not only does this provide you with two issues for half price, but it shows your interest in, and support of, a new journal open to all kinds of writers and writing. Please note we do not offer free contributor's copies, but welcome authors putting some of their payment towards a subscription to get the issue their work appears in. 


Ends on June 6, 2018$15.00
$15.00
EYEWEAR PUBLISHING is honoured to announce a new prize named for Franz Wright, approved by his estate. Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright was the author of over twenty collections of original poetry and six volumes of translations, and passed away from cancer in 2015. This prize is intended to honour his inestimable contribution to poetry, and support poets of any age and nationality in his memory.

The Franz Wright Prize for Poetry is open to submissions from poets of all ages, backgrounds, education levels, citizenship statuses, and nationalities: anyone can enter any manuscript. The only stipulations are that the manuscript must be in English, original, unpublished, and not translated.

The winner will receive $2000, and will be published by Eyewear on March 18th, 2019 (distributed in the UK and the USA simultaneously) – which would have been Wright’s 66th birthday.

Submissions will open on January 6th 2018, and close June 6th, 2018. Kaveh Akbar will judge the prize in its first year.

Kaveh Akbar is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2017); his first collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf was published in the US by Alice James Books in September 2017, and is published in the UK by Penguin in February 2018. Born in Tehran, he is currently a professor at Purdue University’s MFA program and Randolph College. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Akbar is also the founder and editor of Divedapper, which conducts interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.


Guidelines

• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. The fee to submit is $15.

• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 120 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language, single-space, paginated, and with 12-14 font size. 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.

This competition will be judged blind, so please do not include your name on the manuscript itself, which can be in a word document or PDF.

The winner will be announced only after they have had time to consider the standard contract offered, and signed it. If they decide to withdraw, the runner-up will be the winner, and so on.


Eligibility

The Prize is open to any person who wishes to enter a poetry manuscript written in the English language. Contact Eyewear if you have questions about eligibility or would like us to consider a circumstance not named above - at info@eyewearpublishing.com.

 Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD EDITORS. 

• The Final Judge of The 2018 FRANZ WRIGHT Prize is Kaveh Akbar. Employees, family members, and current students of the final judge are not eligible to submit. Employees of Eyewear Publishing and their close family are not eligible to enter either.

• 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 FRANZ WRIGHT Prize.

Eyewear reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time, and return the full amount paid to enter to all entrants. 

Ends on May 1, 2018$15.00
$15.00

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.

Guidelines

• 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.

Eligibility

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 info@eyewearpublishing.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 SchwartzClose 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. 

Ends on June 1, 2018£20.00
£20.00

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.

 

Ends on September 15, 2018£20.00
£20.00

If you have an original manuscript in the English language that you would like Eyewear Publishing LTD to consider for publication, we invite you to submit the work to The Beverly Prize: an annual series for an outstanding work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or criticism.

The work of one or more authors will be selected from open readings in The Beverly Series each year. Eyewear Publishing LTD will announce its selection for The Beverly Series in the first weeks of January, 2019. Submissions will remain open until 15 September, 2018.

Eligibility

Writers of any nationality, citizenship, and country of residence are eligible to submit work to The Beverly Series.

Guidelines

• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. No email or postal submissions will be considered.

• Manuscripts must be original work, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work.  

• Individual selections 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).

 

Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD staff.

• The final judge for the Beverly Series is Todd Swift, Director of Eyewear Publishing LTD; he may however delegate this role to another poet or critic of international esteem.

• The Beverly Series takes its name from our director’s beloved aunt who actively encouraged wide reading and critical thought.