Ends on December 28, 2018

$25.00 USD


$1000 prize, book publication, generous royalties. 

Deadline: December 28, 2018.

Submit online (link below) or if you're old school, please send manuscript and reading fee to Quercus Review Press, Department of English,  Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350.

New and emerging writers encouraged to submit!

MANUSCRIPTS should include a brief cover letter that includes author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, book title, and brief biography; an acknowledgment's page listing previously published poems; table of contents; up to 120 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript (as requested) if submitting via snail mail. Submittable online submissions preferred (link below). *Mailed manuscripts should be unbound, typed, & page numbered, and may contain author's name and information.

  1. *Note to Poets: In an effort to make life easier on you (so you don't have to reformat your entire manuscript) and easier on us (so we don't have a clerical nightmare), book-contest submissions are not "blind."  (Frankly, we don't really believe that even "blind" submissions are truly blind, but that's another story).  Our editors read poems, not bios.  So it really doesn't      matter who you are.  What is your writing like?  We have published debuts from authors with very few publications and we have published seasoned authors with previous books.  We can totally, honestly, and ethically say that we have never/will never publish a collection based on      who the poet is or where the poet is from. The poems matter. That is all.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. We are simply looking for the best poetry we can find.  When Poets & Writers asked us what we were looking for, here was our response (maybe it will help you consider submitting):  "We like honest voices, stunning imagery, and language so good we get chills reading it.  We like books that open themselves, invite us to sit in comfortable chairs, and speak to us like we’re equals in an imbalanced world.  Mainly, we want to publish poetry with a pulse in the heart of the Central Valley for as long as we live here." (And because we've been asked before, we absolutely accept & publish manuscripts by poets from all over the country. You do not have to live in CA to be eligible.)

PRIZE: *Winner receives $1000, a publishing contract with generous royalties paid to the author for every book sold, and 15 free copies of published book. (*We reserve the right to select 2nd and 3rd place winning manuscripts if the quality, time, and finances are available.  Pending author approval, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a book contract with no advance paid. Poets whose manuscripts are selected as 2nd or 3rd place finishers will be able to make the final decision to accept or deny this publication prize.  With the exception of the advance, book contracts for 2nd and 3rd place winners will remain the same as grand prize recipient.  )

 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Postmarked by Friday, December 28, 2018

 SEND SUBMISSIONS TO Quercus Review Press, MJC English Dept., 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350


 CONTACT: QRPoetryPress@gmail.com / 209-575-6183