THE APR/HONICKMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE
The annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize offers
publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by
Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.
Each year a distinguished poet is chosen to be the judge of the prize
and write an introduction to the winning book. The purpose of the prize
is to encourage excellence in poetry, and to provide a wide readership
for a deserving first book of poems.
Note: The reading period for the 2013 prize will begin on August 1, 2012 and extend through October 31, 2012.
JUDGE: FANNY HOWE
The prize of $3,000, with an introduction by the judge and distribution
of the winning book by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, will be
awarded in 2013 with publication of the book in the same year. The
author will receive a standard book publishing contract, with royalties
paid in addition to the $3,000 prize.
The prize is open to U.S. citizens who have not published a book-length
collection of poems with a registered ISBN. Poems previously published
in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included in the
manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a
book-length work exceeding 25 pages. Translations are not eligible nor
are works written by multiple authors. The editors of The American
Poetry Review will screen manuscripts for the judge. APR complies with
the CLMP Code of Ethics in the administration of this contest. The judge
will select a manuscript in an anonymous review process and will not
award the prize to any writer whose personal relationship to the judge
poses a conflict of interest.
Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned.
Manuscripts must be postmarked between August 1 and October 31, 2012.
The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by February
Please use first class mail. Do not use Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS or any other service that requires a signature.
You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please
notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of
more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate
cover with a fee, a return postcard, and a notification envelope.
The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after
acceptance, but please send no revisions during the reading period.
To be considered for the prize, send:
1. A clearly typed poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced,
paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments.
2. Two title pages: one with your name, address, e-mail, phone number,
and the book title; a second title page should contain the title only.
Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except the first
3. An entry fee of $25 by check or money order, payable to The American Poetry Review.
4. A self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest results.
5. A self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of receipt of the
manuscript. Your manuscript identification number will be included on
this card when it is returned to you. If no postcard is included in your
entry, you will not be notified of its receipt.
Send your submission to:
The American Poetry Review/ Honickman First Book Prize
1700 Sansom St. Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103