The Many Voices Project 

is the distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find unpublished manuscripts by new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two full-length books of poetry with a commercial, university, or national small press.) 


The submission period for the 2019 MVP competition is Sept. 1–Dec. 31, 2019. 

The poetry prize is open to anyone writing in English. There is a $25 entry fee. 

The winning title will be published in fall 2021 by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally. The winning author will receive $1,000 and a standard book contract. We hope to announce winners by summer 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Submit using Submittable and pay the $25 entry fee between September 1 and December 31. Do not include a cover letter in the manuscript itself.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify NRP immediately of acceptance elsewhere. If you fail to give such notification and your manuscript is selected, your entry gives NRP permission to proceed with publication.

  • You may acknowledge individual poems, stories, and other pieces published in magazines, anthologies, or elsewhere, but such acknowledgments or your name cannot appear in the manuscript itself, since judging is blind.
  • You may submit more than one manuscript, but only if there is NO overlap in content.
  • Manuscript pages must be numbered.
  • DO NOT include your name, address or acknowledgments on the manuscript pages; the judging is blind.
  • All of the material included in your submission must be of your own composition and free from copyright restrictions. Should you win the competition, you will be responsible for securing releases.

Poetry Specs 

  •  Any poet writing in English is eligible.
  •  Manuscript length: 50–90 pages
  •  Single-spaced
  • No more than one poem per page


The Many Voices Project 

is the distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find unpublished manuscripts by new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two full-length books of poetry with a commercial, university, or national small press.) 

The submission period for the 2019 MVP competition is Sept. 1–Dec. 31, 2019. 

The poetry prize is open to anyone writing in English. There is a $25 entry fee. 

The winning title will be published in fall 2021 by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally. The winning author will receive $1,000 and a standard book contract. We hope to announce winners by summer 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Submit using Submittable and pay the $25 entry fee between September 1 and December 31. Do not include a cover letter in the manuscript itself. 

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify NRP immediately of acceptance elsewhere. If you fail to give such notification and your manuscript is selected, your entry gives NRP permission to proceed with publication. 

  • You may acknowledge individual poems, stories, and other pieces published in magazines, anthologies, or elsewhere, but such acknowledgments or your name cannot appear in the manuscript itself, since judging is blind.
  • You may submit more than one manuscript, but only if there is NO overlap in content.
  • Manuscript pages must be numbered.
  • DO NOT include your name, address or acknowledgments on the manuscript pages; the judging is blind.
  • All of the material included in your submission must be of your own composition and free from copyright restrictions. Should you win the competition, you will be responsible for securing releases.

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Specs

  • Any author writing in English is eligible.
  • Manuscript length: short fiction/nonfiction collections: 100–200 pages; novels and memoirs: up to 400 pages
  • Double-spaced


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