Furniture Press Poetry Prize

5th Annual Furniture Press Poetry Prize for a Full-Length Collection of Poetry

Submission Period: April 1-June 16, 2017

Deadline: Postmark/Email by June 16, 2017

Announcement: September 1, 2017

Fee: $12.00


Judge: Sandra Simonds


Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 University of Akron Poetry Prize, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston ReviewPloughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.


The 5th Annual Furniture Press Poetry Prize will be awarded to the writer that best exemplifies the poetics and particularities of Furniture Press Books’ aesthetics. This year, Sandra Simonds has graciously accepted the role of judge.


The judge will read anonymous, unidentifiable texts. Only the editors of Furniture Press Books will know the identity of the applicants’ works. Each text will be assigned a number and distributed to the judge.


After the initial round of readings the judge will assign one finalist. The winner of the Prize will receive a publishing contract in which the winning manuscript will be published in 2018. The poet will also receive 25 copies of the book. A subsequent round of readings will also take place to examine the “highest tier” of applicants. In the past, some writers who submitted to the prize but were not chosen were ultimately considered for publication because of their outstanding work. Submitting to the contest is generally a good way to alert the editors of Furniture Press Books to greater possibilities for publication.


Please follow these guidelines when submitting an application:


  1. Send one unpublished manuscript per entry. Include a cover letter with your name, address, email and short bio. Do not put your name nor the title of your submission on the pages of the manuscript. Multiple submissions per writer are accepted, but please send a separate submission/fee for each individual manuscript.


  1. Submit a $12 fee per manuscript at Be sure to also give us your name and the title of your manuscript in the PayPal notes field. 100% of the cash goes to the pressing, publishing and promotion of the winning book. Editors and judges do not get kickbacks. Please send checks or money orders made out to Furniture Press Books if you are submitting a physical copy or choose not to use PayPal.


  1. There are two ways to submit your manuscript:


Postal. Send manuscripts and checks to

Furniture Press Books care of FPPP2017, 2026 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211.


Electronic Submission. Send manuscripts to

in DOC, RTF or PDF format. Write “FPPP2017 / [name] / [title]” in the subject heading.


We strongly encourage you to send us work. It’s also a very good way to catch the attention of the editors who may want to publish your work in the future, despite whether or not you win the prize.


Thank you,

Christophe Casamassima & Sandra Simonds

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