Announcing the Opening of the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize

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The Michigan Quarterly Review is pleased to announce that you can now submit directly to the Goldstein Poetry Prize.

The 2019 prize will be judged by Linda Gregerson. The winner will be announced in Spring 2020.

Guidelines can be found below. You can submit via our submittable page.

The prize is named in honor of poet and scholar Laurence Goldstein who served as editor of MQR from 1977-2009.


Goldstein Prize Guidelines 

Submissions are open November 1st-December 31st 2019

The judge for the 2019 Goldstein Poetry Prize is Linda Gregerson. The winner will receive $500 and publication.

Please submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems with a total page count of no more than 10 pages. Poets at all stages of their careers are welcome to submit. Multiple submissions are permitted with multiple fees. All submissions will be considered for publication.

1.    We accept submissions via Submittable and use its tools to ensure that all identifying information is hidden from our contest readers throughout the selection process.

2.    We ask entrants not to include their names or contact information within the document they upload to Submittable, its title, or its file name.

3.   Up to 20 submissions will be passed on, without identifying information within them, to the judge.

4.   Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge, are excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Editorial Board and staff of MQR, as well as their immediate family members, are excluded from the contest. Graduates of the Helen Zell Writers Program in the last 3 years and current faculty and staff of that program are also excluded.  If any of the selected authors fall under these categories they will be disqualified, and a replacement will be chosen from among the finalists. We feel acquaintance and/or participation in a workshop (outside of semester-long academic settings) taught by the judge should not be a disqualifying factor, so long as none of the poems in a manuscript is recognizable to the judge. 

For the purposes of this contest, we’ll call a “close friend” anyone with whom we have regular direct correspondence. And please remember that if a poem is recognizable to the judge, it will be disqualified.

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