Trio House Press has two reading periods throughout the year: one awards reading period and one open reading period. Guidelines for both are listed below the reading period descriptions. Please note that we are an environmentally conscious press and only accept manuscripts through our online submissions manager at the bottom of the page. Click here to learn more about our selection process.
Open Reading Period: July 1-July 31
Our open reading period is July 1 through July 31. As with all of our publications, poets chosen for publication during our open reading period must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months (see below for a description of what this entails). Please include a detailed cover letter approximately two pages in length with your bio, publishing history, and marketing plan along with your manuscript. Manuscripts received outside of this period will not be considered. Our open reading period fee is $20.00 Use our online submissions manager below. Please note that no prize money is attached to the open reading period.
Trio House Press Book Awards: November 1-April 30
Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry.
The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.
The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.
Each award winner receives $1000 and twenty copies of his or her book. Additionally, each winner must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication in order to assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print.
Our reading period for both awards is November 1 through April 30. Manuscripts received outside of this reading period will not be considered. Our submissions fee is $25 per manuscript for all award reading periods.
Our submissions process adheres to and supports all ethical standards and guidelines outlined by the CLMP. Judges are forwarded unmarked manuscripts for consideration. Relatives and current or former students of judges are not eligible for publication.
Guidelines for Trio House Submissions
The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.
The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.
Manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages, written in English by a poet residing within the U.S.
Translations are not eligible for publication.
Manuscripts must be sent in a single word doc. or docx. file. with no identifying information.
Include and upload your cover letter with your bio and contact information in the cover letter option area.
Include an acknowledgement page of individual poems published within the manuscript. The manuscript as a whole must not be previously published.
Your name or other identifying materials must not appear anywhere else upon your manuscript.
Reading fees are required during each submissions period ($25 for awards; $20 for open reading).
Multiple award submissions are accepted as long as a $25 fee accompanies each award submission.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript is chosen elsewhere.
Relatives and current or former students of judges are not eligible for awards or publication during our contest submissions period.
Do not include any identifying material, including your name, bio, or contact information on your manuscript. Please include this in your cover letter and upload your cover letter separately.
Open reading period submissions must include a detailed two page cover letter outlining your bio, publishing history, and marketing plan along with your manuscript. You may insert this cover letter at the beginning of your file in front of your manuscript for the open reading period only.
No edits can be made to manuscripts after you submit your manuscript. However, if chosen for award or publication, edits can be made prior to final proofs.
In the unlikely event that, due to unexpected illness or life events, that a judge is unable to select an award winner, a member of the Trio House Press Editorial staff will select the award winner.
All award winners and poets published must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication. They must assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print. They must work on the Production and Design Committee, the Distribution and Sales Committee, the Educational Development Committee, or the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.
Your submission acknowledges that you understand and agree to all guidelines.
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