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The Possession Sound Poetry Series from Poetry NW Editions will publish one or two manuscripts in spring 2023 drawn from our open reading period.

Poets who have published at least one full-length collection are eligible. First book prizes are fairly common… but what comes next? Our mission is to give mid-career poets—those seeking a publisher for second books and beyond—a lift and a home. As with our flagship magazine, we have a strong preference for poems that discover joy in the musicality of language, poems attentive to their linguistic roots and expressive permutations. We have no formal or stylistic preferences beyond deep attention. Verse which employs meter and rhyme is as welcome as free verse, nonce forms, and experimentation. Read more about our aesthetic and guiding principles on our website.

Manuscripts are read in-house. If you think your work aligns with our mission, please send. All manuscripts will be read and selected by the Poetry NW Editions team.

This series is open to established poets who have already published at least one full-length collection (48+ pages). This includes books published by established third-party presses. Self-published manuscripts are not accepted for eligibility purposes.

How to Submit
Between May 16 and 11:59pm on July 31, submit your manuscript through Submittable. Please submit only once. Reading fee is $15.

Submissions must include a cover letter using the Submittable form, including a brief bio. Manuscripts will be read anonymously and discussed by a team of Poetry Northwest readers. Please include a title page featuring manuscript title only, a table of contents, and any notes. You are welcome to include publication notes, but they are not required.

All manuscripts must be previously unpublished. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know in your cover letter if you have submitted elsewhere. Also, if your manuscript is accepted anywhere else (congrats!) please let us know by sending a note through Submittable. If needed, you may withdraw your submission at any time, also through Submittable.

Reading Period Results
We will announce the winner along with a shortlist in the fall. The winner will receive a $500 advance, standard publication contract, and national distribution via Ingram. We use the IngramSpark platform for printing and distribution. All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Code of Ethics
Poetry Northwest Editions complies with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) code of ethics.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.