Book Guidelines

Burnside Review Press Book Award

Judge: Ed Skoog

Submissions will be accepted from August 15 to November 30, 2018.

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 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.

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

Results will be announced in April.

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About the Judge:

Ed Skoog is the author of the poetry collections Run the Red Lights, Rough Day, and Mister Skylight, all published by Copper Canyon Press.

2017 Burnside Review Press Book Award Results

We are thrilled to announce that Suzanne Buffam has selected Kary Wayson’s manuscript Via Maria Materi as the winner of the 2017 Burnside Review Press Book Award. Look for Via Maria Materi in 2019. Many thanks to all who entered the contest!


Kary Wayson, Via Maria Materi


Stella Corso, Tedium


Melissa Barrett, Moon on Roam

S. Brook Corfman, The Meteorites

Cassie Donish, Beautyberry

Megin Jimenez, Lone Stories

Michelle Mitchell-Foust, Buck Radius

Maureen Mulhern, Covenant

Michael Robins, Match

William Stobb, You Are Still Alive

Caitlin Vance, Valentine’s Day at the Psych Ward

Michael Vizsolyi, The Inscrutable World