Submissions and Contests

Open for submissions     

 One – an online magazine.

Our online magazine  One, is open for submissions year-round, except for brief periods when we are putting together an issue. Poets may submit one poem for consideration per issue. There is no fee to submit. We have published work by poets who have won a Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Genius Grants, Yale Younger Poets Award, and National Book Award finalists as well as new writers.

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Open for Submissions
Julie Suk Award Competition
Best Book Published by a Literary Press in 2018

Any book published by a small, literary, or university press that holds a 2018 copyright is eligible. This contest is not open to commercial presses.  Entries will be accepted from now until January 30, 2019.  Final decisions won’t be made until March 2019, so be patient.

To enter, mail 2 copies of your book(must have a 2018 copyright date) and $10 to Jacar Press, 6617 Deerview Trail, Durham, NC 27712.   You can pay online by using the Donate button on our Contact page.  
Writers outside the U.S. may submit pdfs via email.  If you are a finalist you will be asked to submit two copies.

The 2019 book contests will open January 1, 2019.
Submissions will be received January 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019

Chapbook and Full-Length Contests – last year we published two books in each category.  We never make our authors pre-sell, and we send out review copies and pay contest fees for our authors. We arrange author readings and workshops.

Guidelines for the 2019 Competitions.

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Full-Length Poetry Book Contest

Full length manuscripts must be 40 – 80 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgments page, biography, etc. Simultaneous submissions are fine.

The entry fee of $15 will go towards publishing the book. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Final Judge will be a nationally recognized poet.  Past judges have been Chana Bloch, Dorianne Laux, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Hélène Cardona, Lola Haskins, Stuart Dischell, Betty Adcock, Jamaal May, Rickey Laurentiis, Joseph Millar, John Hoppenthaler, Zeina Hashem Beck and Julie Suk. The judges for 2018 will be released after the competition has closed, but include a 3 time finalist for the National Book Award.

You may submit more than one manuscript, but there is a separate fee for each manuscript submitted, and each manuscript must be submitted separately.

In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2018 Full-Length Book Contest (example – Krawiec 2018 Full-Length Book Contest). In the body of the email list the manuscript title, your name, address, email and all acknowledgements for where individual poems have been published.  Submit the poetry manuscript  as a Word attachments, single-spaced, 12 point type. The attached manuscript should contain only your poems and a table of content.  Nothing more. Do not put your name or publication acknowledgements anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Please feel free to simultaneously submit this manuscript to other publishers and contests. Just let us know if you win.

Winning manuscripts will receive publication and a contract that pays them 10% of all sales, after publishing expenses are covered, from the first 200 books sold. This royalty escalates to 40% of all sales, after expenses, from copies 201-400 sold. Once the 400 sales figure is reached, writers will receive 50% of all sales, after expenses. Finalists will be considered for publication at the discretion of Jacar Press.

Poetry Chapbook Competition

Chapbook manuscripts must be between 20-32 pages of poems, not including table of contents,  acknowledgment page, and a page for your biography. Simultaneous submissions are fine.

The submission process for the Chapbook Competition is identical to the process listed above for the Full Length Manuscript, with these exceptions. In the subject line of the email put your last name and 2018 Chapbook Contest(Krawiec  2016 Chapbook Contest). Entry fee for the Chapbook Contest is only $10.

Winning Chapbooks will receive publication and a contract that pays them 30% of all sales after the first 200 books are sold. Finalists will be considered for publication at the discretion of Jacar Press.  


Entry fee can be paid via Paypal. Applicants may use the button below for either or both contests; specify which contest you are entering via the drop-down menu.  If you don’t have a Paypal account, go to our Contact page and click on the Donate button. Follow the instructions for paying via credit card. You can also pay by check sent to the address on that page.
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Contest Fees



 Past winners Julie Suk Award- 

2016 – Monique Ferrell – Attraversiamo – NYQ Press

2015 – Noel Crook, Salt Moon – SIU Press.

2015 – Rickey Laurentiis, Boy With Thorns – Univeristy of Pittsburgh Press.

2014 – David Roderick – The Americans – University of Pittsburgh Press.

2013 – Susan Elbe, The Map of What Happened, Backwaters Press