The Bitter Oleander Press
4983 Tall Oaks Drive · Fayetteville, New York 13066-9776 · info@bitteroleander.com
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THE BITTER OLEANDER PRESS LIBRARY OF POETRY AWARD 2015

Bitter Oleander Books

CONGRATULATIONS to Katherine Sánchez Espano of Saint Johns, Florida whose manuscript The Sky's Dustbin has won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2014. Judging this year's competition was our editor, Paul B. Roth. Ms. Espano's book will be published by The Bitter Oleander Press in late Spring of 2015.


GUIDELINES FOR THE 2015 COMPETITION

• An award of $1000 plus book publication of the winning manuscript is open to anyone writing in the English language. It is not open to employees or relatives of The Bitter Oleander Press.

• Translations are not eligible for this award.

• You may send your entry through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.

• Online submissions will be allowed through a SUBMITTABLE FORMAT when the competition opens.

• For posted entries, manuscripts must be typed and range between 48 and 80 pages of poetry in length.

• Please use only binder or paper clips. No plastic sheets, hard cover binders or loose-leaf binders.

• Manuscripts should be paginated and include a table of contents.

• Poems having previously appeared in journals, chapbooks or anthologies should be included on a separate page listing those acknowledgments.

• Include two (2) cover sheets if posting your entry through the US Postal Service:
One with title and author's contact information.
The other stating the title only.
Online entries need only include a title page with no name or address.
The SUBMITTABLE FORMAT will provide that for us.
Author's name must not appear anywhere else in this manuscript.

• Manuscripts must be postmarked between and including the dates of May 1st, 2015 to June 15th, 2015. Any early or later entries will be disallowed and entry fees returned.

• Although results will be posted on our web-site, you may include a self-addressed stamped business size envelope (SASE) for notification of result if you're submitting by regular mail.

• Manuscripts must include an entry, reading, and processing fee of $25.00. Checks or money orders in U.S. funds made out to The Bitter Oleander Press:

• Payment for Online entries may be made through the SUBMITTABLE FORMAT when the competition begins

• Due to the high volume of submissions, all manuscripts will be recycled except for the winner's --All entries can expect notification early in November of 2015 --Winning entry can expect publication in the Spring of 2016

• The procedures for this Award follow the strict guidelines set forth by CLMP's (Council of Literary Magazines & Presses) Contest Code of Ethics:

• CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to (1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines--defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Any other questions concerning this Award may be forwarded to us by e-mail: info@bitteroleander.com


OUR TWO PREVIOUS WINNERS:

---2012---Patty Dickson Pieczka for Painting the Egret's Echo
---2013---Tom Holmes for The Cave


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        The Bitter Oleander Library of Poetry Award--2015
        The Bitter Oleander Press
        4983 Tall Oaks Drive
        Fayetteville, New York 13066-9776
        USA

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