The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize
This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. He served for fifteen years as English department chair, and in 1969 co-founded and served as co-editor of the Ashland Poetry Press. He was also co-founder of the creative writing major at Ashland University, one of the first at the undergraduate level in the country. In selecting manuscripts for this series, Ashland Poetry Press editors keep in mind Snyder's tenacious dedication to craftsmanship and thematic integrity.
The 2016 Snyder Prize judge is Elizabeth Spires. Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, including Worldling, Now the Green Blade Rises, and The Wave-Maker. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and other literary journals. She lives in Baltimore and is a professor of English at Goucher College.
The Winner of the Snyder Prize Receives:
- publication of winning manuscript in a paperback edition
- 50 copies of the published book (in lieu of royalties)
2017 Submission Guidelines:
- Book-length poetry manuscripts
- Original collection of poems of 64 to 96 pages, with no more than one poem per page, single sided
- Single spaced
- Deadline: April 30, 2017
- Translations are not eligible
- Ashland University MFA Program alumni, AU employees, and AU employees' spouses are not eligible
- Past students of the judge should refrain from submitting to this contest
- Electronic Submissions: Manuscripts may be submitted electronically, through Submittable, for $27 (to cover credit card fees)
- Hard-Copy Submissions: Bound by a single clip: No Folders or Notebooks, please
- Two title pages: one with name, address, and phone number and one with title only
- $25 reading fee made payable to The Ashland Poetry Press
- Mail one hard copy to:
The Richard Snyder Publication Prize
The Ashland Poetry Press
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
For mailed notification, enclose a letter-sized self-addressed, stamped envelope. All manuscripts other than the winning one will be recycled.
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