Eyewear Publishing LTD is accepting poetry and prose through its 2018 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 18 years.

Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in the UK, in London, in 2019.

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 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 2000-2018 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 a specially-designed website page within 2-4 weeks – 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, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.

The final judging panel and list of nominees can be found here: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/nominated-poets-for-the-21-best-printed-poetry-books-of-th...

 

* 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 2018. 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.


EYEWEAR PUBLISHING is honoured to announce a new prize named for the poetic genius Christopher Smart, famous for his love of his cat and the poem he wrote for it.

The winner will receive $2000/£1,600 - the author's choice - and will be published by Eyewear in 2019 (distributed in the UK and the USA). Submissions will open on January 6th 2018, and close November 6th, 2018. Mel Pryor will judge the prize in its first year. 


Judge's bio:

Mel Pryor’s first collection Small Nuclear Family was published in 2015 and was a Daily Mail Christmas poetry book of the year.  The TLS described it as “a remarkable debut.” Pryor was named by Robert Peake in the Huffington Post as one of “Five British Poets to Watch” in 2017. Her work has been widely published including in The Rialto, Acumen, POEM, Mslexia, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthologies The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear), Writing Motherhood (Seren), The Caught Habits of Language (Donut), 154 Poems in Response to Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Live Canon) and Some Cannot be Caught (Emma Press). She was a prize winner in the 2013 Mslexia Poetry Competition and won the 2013 Ware Sonnet Prize, the 2008 Essex Poetry Prize and the 2015 Philip Larkin Poetry Prize. In February 2018 she was the Scottish Poetry Library digital poet-in-residence as part of “The Blue Crevasse” project celebrating the centenary of WS Graham. She performed at the 2018 Sierra Nevada Poetry Festival in California.

“Among excellent new poetry published by established poets this year, it’s a pleasure to recommend a first collection by one whose apparently simple approach to ordinary subject matter can suddenly challenge, nudging you out of complacency. Here are affectionate but clear-sighted poems about the domestic and the human condition…A triumph.” Bel Mooney – The Daily Mail


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. 

 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 Prize.

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

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 OCTOBER 1 - extended.

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 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 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an annual poetry publication award for an original, first full-length collection by a poet aged thirty-five years or under, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, writing in the English language.

Previous years’ winners include Caleb Klaces for Bottled Air, Marion McCready for Tree Language, Amy Blakemore for Humbert Summer, Maria Apichella for Psalmody, Tony Chan for Four Points Fourteen Lines, Jenna Clake for Fortune Cookie, and Rebecca Close for valid, virtual, vegetable reality.

The winner will receive full book publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD in 2019, and an honorarium advance of £1,500. 

Submissions are NOW open currently until END OF 2018. The winner will be announced in EARLY 2019.

The final judge for the Melita Hume Prize this year is Malika Booker.

The fee to submit to the prize is £15.00 - down five pounds form last year, in order to allow for wider participation.

The aim of the prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times.

About the Judge

Malika Booker's publications include: 'Nine Nights' (Poetry Review) shortlisted for the Forward Single poem prize, Breadfruit (flippedeye, 2007) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize (2014). She is published in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017) and has been the recipient of residencies from Millay Colony, Cove Park, and Kocevje through The Centre for Slovenian Literature, and Fellowships from The Complete Works and Cave Canem as well as Inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University, was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds and is now an LHRI Fellow at that same university

 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 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. Minimum font size of 12, Arial or Times New Roman, single-spaced.  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 can be made with or without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.

Eligibility

The Melita Hume Prize is open to poets who have not previously published—and are not YET under contract to publish—a full-length collection of poems, at time of submmision. Writers 35 years of age, or under, at time of submission, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of Irish or British citizenship, are eligible to submit. If shortlisted, the poets agree to accept the prize conditions if selected the winner, and at that time must withdraw their work from consideration in any competing prize.

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 2018 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Malika Booker. Employees, family members, and current students of the Eyewear editorial team, or the final judge are not eligible to submit to The Melita Hume Prize.

• The prize honors Melita Hume, a book collector and compiler of poems and information about many authors, who lived in Quebec, Canada, and had a partuclar interest in ecology,  science and literature.

 

The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the UK and Ireland. It is based on a similar and well-known US prize anthology. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets anthology in 2019, following classic anthologies from 2016 to 2018. This year's past anthology was 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 as are poets included in previous editions of the anthology. Submissions are open to JANUARY 1, 2019.


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.

About this year's judge:

Nick Makoha's debut collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (Forward) and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. He is a Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & Complete Works Alumni. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, The Boston Review, and Wasafiri - among many others. 

"Nick Makoha’s first full-length collection, Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree £8.99), was the 2017 debut which most excited me. Focused on Uganda during the Idi Amin dictatorship, his poetry is charged with ethical sensibility. The lines protest as they sing 1the song disturbed by helicopter blades…1 but they don’t simplify things: they explore, and complicate. Personal witness and artistry are one." - Carol Rumens - The Guardian

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, drama, memoir, or criticism.

FINAL JUDGE 2018 IS: Richard Georges,  a writer, editor, and lecturer in the British Virgin Islands.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prelude, Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse, The Caribbean Writer, The Puritan, The Poetry Review, WILDNESS, Wasafiri, decomP, The Rusty Toque, Baldhip, Susumba, Under the Radar, sx salon, those that this, Reservoir, L’Ephemere Review, Cordite Poetry Review, The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry and elsewhere.

Richard is the author of the poetry collections Make Us All Islands (Shearsman Books) and GIANT (Platypus Press). He is the recipient of the 2016 Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize from The Caribbean Writer, and has been shortlisted for The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Small Axe Literary Prize, The Hollick Arvon Prize for Caribbean Literature, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

He holds a BA in English from Texas Christian University, an MA in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, and a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of Sussex. He chairs the Humanities Department at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and is also a founding editor of Moko, a journal of Caribbean arts and letters.

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 NOVEMBER 1, 2018.

THE PRIZE: £500 AND Publication in the UK with US distribution, in 2019. Winners agree to accept all the terms and conditions of the prize.

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).

SHOULD YOUR WORK BE SELECTED FOR THE FINAL SHORTLIST YOU WILL BE ASKED TO AGREE THAT, SHOULD YOU WIN THE COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO TAKE UP THE PRIZE.

All entrants agree to abide by all the rules and regulations of this prize.

Code of Ethics

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

• The final judge for the Beverly Series 2018 IS Richard Georges.

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