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Poetry Manuscript Submissions

Note: Poets are invited to enter The Birdy Poetry Prize contest ($25 entry fee), next open for submissions September 1 - December 1 (annually). The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize plus publication. All entries to the contest will also be considered for publication.

The next OPEN reading period for poetry (no-fee) ___ to be announced.

What are we looking for? Meadowlark is interested in publishing full-length book collections of poetry. Eighty pages is a good number to target. Fewer is fine if your poems are long. More is fine if your poems are brief. We are delighted by illustrations, but certainly don’t require them. We will also consider collections that include poetry and prose.

Please read this page before submitting a manuscript to Meadowlark Books.

Prepare your submission, as follows, in a single Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text File (.rtf):

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript should include:  
  • Author Name (as it will appear on your book, should we publish it)
  • Author contact, including mailing address, email address, phone number.
  • Author website (if applicable)
  • Author bio (book worthy – no more than 300 words)
  • List of books published, including dates and publisher (if any) or significant publications in journals, magazines, online, etc.
  • In no more than one page, tell us why you think your poetry is a good fit for Meadowlark
  • Please share an overview of your marketing plan.
  • submit


  1. Are you accepting combined poetry and prose manuscripts at the present? Some place mentioned it.

  2. Yes. Poetry and prose combo manuscripts will be considered for general poetry submissions. Poetry manuscripts including prose poetry pieces also qualify for The Birdy.

  3. I have a problem entering the contest, but I don't see a contact email. How do I contact you?

    1. Please use the "contact by email" link on our "about" page: https://www.meadowlark-books.com/p/about-meadowlark-press.html

      it is INFO AT Meadowlark-books DOT com

  4. Do you publish poetry chapbooks or only full-length manuscripts?

  5. Hi, can a person submit from Europe or only from the States?

  6. We will consider manuscripts from anywhere.