The Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry is awarded for an unpublished poetry manuscript by a black US poet who has previously published at least one book of poetry. The prize is a joint project of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the Bucknell University Press.
Only those submissions that follow these guidelines exactly will be considered. Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned. We reserve the right not to select a winner.
Black poets who are US citizens and have had at least one full-length book of poems published are eligible for the Griot-Stadler Prize. Previous publications must be at least 48 pages in length, with at least a 500-book print run, and must be in print by submission deadline. Chapbooks and self-published books do not count as previous book publications.
There is a $25 non-refundable entry fee.
Manuscripts may be submitted elsewhere simultaneously, but authors must notify the Griot-Stadler contest immediately if a manuscript becomes committed to another press. It is understood that, in the absence of such notification, the winning author is committed to publishing his/her manuscript with the Bucknell University Press. A manuscript committed to another press is not eligible for the Griot-Stadler Prize.
After each contestant submits his or her manuscript via Submishmash, we enter the cover sheet information into our database and then assign each manuscript a number.
On November 1, the manuscripts are divided among our screening judges, all of whom are professional writers. Each screener is instructed to recuse him or herself from evaluating manuscripts that he or she recognizes as belonging to friends, relatives, close acquaintances or former or current students. In those instances, another screener will evaluate that manuscript. Each screener selects ten top manuscripts. The screening committee will then convene to select from that group the top ten to fifteen manuscripts, which are then forwarded to the contest's final judge for his or her evaluation.
The judge will then return a decision about the contest winners that identifies the top six finalists -- specifying a winner, second, and third place finalists, as well as three unranked finalists. The judge agrees not to evaluate any manuscript with which he or she is familiar.
Questions, notifications or inquiries can be directed to the Griot staff at email@example.com or by calling (570) 577-2123.
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