Book Guidelines

Burnside Review Press Book Award

JUDGE: Ada Limón

Submissions will be accepted from August 15 to November 30, 2016.

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 Burnside Review Press 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 may select an additional title from the submission pool for publication.

Winner of the Burnside Review Press Book Award will receive $1,000, plus ten copies of the book.

Contest results will be announced in April 2017.

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

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About the Judge:

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

2015 Book Award Results

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Szybist has selected Montreux Rotholtz’s manuscript Unmark as the winner of the 2015 Burnside Review Press Book Award. The editors have also selected Jake Syersak’s Yield Architecture for publication from the pool of finalists (below). Look for both titles in 2017. Many thanks to all who entered!

Winner: Montreux Rotholtz, Unmark


Monica Berlin, Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live

Jaclyn Dwyer, Girl of the Year

Rachel Moritz, Sweet Velocity

Ann Pelletier, Strange Invention

Jake Syersak, Yield Architecture

Nicole Walker, Planet Hospital

Fritz Ward, Tsunami Diorama

Daneen Wardrop, Silk Road

Felicia Zamora, Silence for the Rest of Class