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The Louisville Review’s NATIONAL POETRY BOOK CONTEST is accepting submissions NOW–August 31, 2024.

We are thrilled to announce that Jeanie Thompson will serve as distinguished judge for our 2024 National Poetry Book Contest! This first-book contest invites poets living in the United States who have not yet published a full-length book of poetry to submit manuscripts of 48-70 pages. Winner will receive $1,000 and Publication through The Louisville Review’s Fleur-de-Lis Press, 25 author copies, and distribution through Barnes & Nobel and Amazon. The winning book will be reviewed online in North American Review, the longest running literary magazine in the nation.

Finalists will receive publication of a selected, previously unpublished poem in The Louisville Review, and we will hold an online reading for the winner and finalists.

The reading fee of $25 includes a 1-year print subscription to The Louisville Review

The Louisville Review’s National Poetry Book Contest is made possible by a generous grant from the Snowy Owl Foundation.


• A first book contest open to poets in the U.S. who have not yet published a full-length book of poems.

• Accepting submissions through Submittable only from June 1 through August 31, 2024.

• Manuscripts should be 48-70 pages in length, excluding front matter/acknowledgements.

• $25 reading fee.

• Judge reads all submissions blind.

• Do not put any identifying information or your name on your manuscript. Submittable will add your name to your file.

• List any poems previously published in journals or anthologies on an acknowledgments page at the end of the manuscript. List only the poem's title followed by the year of publication in parentheses. Do not include the title of the journal or anthology. 

• Simultaneous submission of manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are eligible. (Please notify us as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted by another press.) 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.