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Poetry Submission Guidelines

The Pitt Poetry Series annually publishes at least four books by poets who previously have published full-length collections of poetry; we define “full-length” as a book of 48 or more pages. Poets who have not published a book before, or who have published chapbooks or limited editions of less than 500 copies, should refer to the rules for our first-book competition, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

Manuscripts from previously published poets should be sent during September and October only. Clear photocopies are acceptable, and manuscripts can be sent in any readable format. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. Final decisions are usually made late spring or before.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will not be returned. Please keep a copy of the manuscript.

Now you can submit your Poetry manuscript online!
Save time, printing, and postage!

During the submission period (September 1 - October 31) simply click the link below. You'll be taken to our secure web page where you'll find easy-to-follow instructions:


We pride ourselves on the eclectic nature of our list. We are not tied to any particular style or school of writing, but we do demand that any book we publish be of exceptional merit.

Last year the Series received a total of more than 1,400 manuscripts. Each is read with the care it deserves, but this huge number means that we are unable to provide critiques or enter into correspondence of any sort with writers other than those whose manuscripts are accepted for publication.


Ed Ochester
Editor, Pitt Poetry Series
University of Pittsburgh Press
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Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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