ABOUT FUTUREPOEM 

Futurepoem books is a New York City-based non-profit publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers. We offer two yearly opportunities for publication.


FUTUREPOEM OPEN READING PERIOD

Our open reading period opens for submissions each fall. A panel of distinguished guest editors will select two books for publication. This year, our guest editors are Anne Boyer, Alissa Quart, and Wendy S. Walters. Submissions for 2019 have closed. Subscribe to our email list to find out more info about the next open reading period, or check back with this site.


THE OTHER FUTURES AWARD (NEW!)

Our second publication opportunity debuts this spring, and will be judged by Futurepoem's permanent editors. The winning book will receive publication with Futurepoem, an honorarium of $1000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies. We are interested in considering work that imagines new literary possibilities, pushes the boundaries, and questions established paradigms. Submissions open on April 15, 2019 and close on June 1st, 2019. 


Futurepoem books is supported by donations from individuals and in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

ANNOUNCING THE FUTUREPOEM
OTHER FUTURES AWARD

The Other Futures Award focuses on innovative, experimental poetry and cross-genre literature. We are interested in considering work that imagines new literary possibilities, pushes the boundaries, and questions established paradigms.

The winner will receive publication with Futurepoem, an honorarium of $1000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies. We will announce our decision by September 15, 2019. The winning book will be published in 2021.

JUDGES: Futurepoem’s permanent editors and staff (Dan Machlin, Carly Dashiell, Ariel Yelen, and Aiden Garabed Farrell) will select the winning publication.

ELIGIBILITY: We welcome submissions by writers at any stage of their career. Manuscripts must be unpublished book-length works of prose, poetry, or multi-genre work. Previously published poems or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished. Past or present students, colleagues, or close friends of the judges are not eligible to submit.

INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: We welcome international submissions originally written in English. However, we cannot currently accept work translated into English from other languages. We are open to unpublished work that incorporates other languages, or self-translated work.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Futurepoem as soon as possible if your book is accepted elsewhere.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept multiple submissions from the same author. Each manuscript should be submitted separately including a separate entry fee. 

FORMAT: Suggested length is 50 to 100 pages, though manuscripts may be slightly shorter or longer. The Other Futures Award is an identity-hidden contest. Please include a title page with title only, table of contents, and acknowledgments page. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript.

REVISIONS: While we are not able to accept revisions during the reading period, the winner will be able to revise their manuscript before publication.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please submit online using our Submittable page (futurepoem.submittable.com/submit). We cannot accept hardcopy or emailed submissions.

ENTRY FEE: $28 entry fee.

DEADLINE: June 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. The submission period will begin on April 15, 2019.


We commit to follow the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

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