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Announcing the 2020 Lightscatter Press Prize: $1000 and publication of a book length manuscript. 


Judge: Katharine Coles, author, most recently, of Wayward, Flight, and Look Both Ways. Submissions portal opens February 15-April 15.




Through its inaugural manuscript competition, Lightscatter Press seeks the work of emerging writers, across a spectrum of voices, experiences, and identities, whose writing diffracts as it meets the world, finding life and light in multiple mediums. Writers need not have a concept of how their manuscript might become multimodal--we will work closely and collaboratively with the writer whose manuscript is chosen to create an accessible design for the book as well as its digital/multimodal manifestations. 


For more about Lightscatter Press’s mission and values, click here.



Submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts will be accepted February 15 to April 15, 2020. We also enthusiastically accept hybrid genre submissions, submissions in English, and multilingual texts--those that combine English with another language. 

Submit a manuscript of not fewer than  48  pages of poetry (we suggest an upper limit of around 64 pages), including a list of acknowledgments. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere within the manuscript.


Former and current students of the judge, as well as friends and associates of the judge may not submit to this year’s competition.


A $25 entry fee must be paid at the time of submission. We only accept submissions through our online submission manager. Work sent by any other means will not be read. (No email submissions.)


Poems may have appeared in journals and chapbooks but not in, or as, 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 Lightscatter Press editors. Finalists will be sent to the judge. 


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Announcing the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize: $1000 and publication of a book length manuscript. 

Judge: Diana Khoi Nguyen, author, most recently, of Ghost of (Omnidawn). Submissions portal opens June 15-August 31, 2021.

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