Book Guidelines

Burnside Review Press Book Award

JUDGE: Mary Szybist

Submissions will be accepted from August 15 to November 30, 2015.

Submit 48-64 pages of poetry, including a list of acknowledgments. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere within the manuscript.

A $25 entry fee must be paid at the time of submission.

Each entrant will receive a copy of one prior Burnside Review Books title.

Poems may have appeared in journals and chapbooks but not in a full-length, single-author collection.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

All manuscripts will be read blindly by the Burnside Review Press editors. At least ten finalists will be sent to the judge. The editors will also select at least one other title for publication.

Winner of the Burnside Review Press Book Award will receive $1000, plus ten copies of the book.

We only accept submissions through Submishmash, our online submission manager. Work sent by any other means will not be read.

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2014 Book Award Results

Winner: Gary McDowell, Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None


Robyn Art, Amplitude, Awe

Jade Benoit, Nancy

Paula Cisewski, The Threatened Everything

Joanna Doxey, Plainspeak, WY

Adam Houle, Stray

Nancy Pearson, Disfluencies

Mary Quade, Local Extinctions

Chad Reynolds, (Parenthesis)

Fritz Ward, Dearest Cannibal

We will also publish Paula Cisewski’s The Threatened Everything in 2016. Thanks to all who entered. We are thrilled to be adding these two amazing books to our catalog.