Our submissions portal is currently closed. 

We will reopen for submissions July 15, 2022. Please come back and visit us then.

In the meanwhile, read about Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, the 2020 Lightscatter Press Prize winner, and visit the Lightscatter Shop to purchase a copy.

General Submission Guidelines:

Submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts will be accepted July 15 to September 15 each year. 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. The judge for the 2022 prize is Rick Barot, author of The Galleons.

A $30 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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