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The Many Voices Project is the distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of poetry with a commercial, university, or national small press.) Past judges include Michael Hettich, Charles Simic, Jay Parinni, Naomi Shihab Nye, Leslie Adrienne Miller, and Aliki Barnstone. This year's finalist judge is TBD.

The submission period for the 2017 MVP competition, a search for book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers, is Sept. 15 - Dec. 1, 2017. The poetry prize is open to anyone writing in English. There is a $25 entry fee. The winning title will be published in fall 2019 by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally. The winning author will receive $1,000 and a standard book contract. We hope to announce winners in July 2018.

Submission Guidelines

Submit using Submittable and pay the $25 entry fee between September 15 and December 1. Do not include a cover sheet 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 eligible writer writing in English is eligible.
  • Manuscript length: 50-90 pages.
  • Single-spaced.
  • No more than one poem per page.
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