Full-Length Book Contest

2020 Call for Entries

The annual Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests are now open through September 1, 2020. The contests are open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Additionally, we welcome translations,* collaborations, hybrid works, and prose poetry.

Submission Guidelines


Please include:

  • A title page with the title of your manuscript, your name, pronouns, address, telephone number and email. 

  • Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

  • An acknowledgments page: poems included in your manuscript may be previously published as long as there is an acknowledgments page. 

Additional Notes

  • Full-length book entries are 55-85 pages (front matter is not included in page count).

  • Entries will be accepted from March 15, 2020 through September 1, 2020.

  • A winner will be announced by September 15, 2020 (we may publish more than one book).

  • The winning book(s) will be launched at the 2021 AWP Conference.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • *For manuscript submissions in languages other than English, please include an English translation for consideration.

  • There is an $18.00 reading fee. For those with financial constraints, please reach out to us at diodeeditions@gmail.com.

  • To pay the $18.00 reading fee using PayPal or credit, please click here:

  • Please send receipt of payment and manuscript submissions to: diodeeditions@gmail.com with "Book Contest" and the name of your manuscript in the subject field.

  • Please include a copy of the payment receipt in the submission email.

  • You may submit in either Word doc or PDF formats.

  • You may submit more than one manuscript, however an $18.00 reading fee must accompany each submission.


Contest Prize

Winners will receive $1000.00, 10 author copies, and select poems from the book will appear in Diode Poetry Journal. If the winner(s) can attend AWP 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri, they will have an opportunity to participate in an off-site reading, and also in signing sessions at the Diode Editions booth.


Past Book & Chapbook Prize Winners


Full-length Book Prize

Nancy Chen Long Wider than the Sky

Zeeshan Khan Pathan The Minister of Disturbances

Chapbook Prize

Allison Joseph The Last Human Heart

Julia Cohen Good Timing & Gertrude Stein: Inside Snoopy's snout maggots feast upon my blood


Full-length Book Prize

Dorothy Chan Revenge of the Asian Woman

Jehanne Dubrow American Samizdat

KC Trommer We Call Them Beautiful

Chapbook Prize

Philip Metres Returning to Jaffa

Simone Person Smoke Girl


Full-length Book Prize

Jared Harél Go Because I Love You

Catherine Bresner the empty season

Chapbook Prize

Alison Pelegrin Our Lady of the Flood

Hazem Fahmy Red//Jild//Prayer

Adam Falkner Adoption


Full-length Book Prize

Remica Bingham-Risher Starlight & Error

Paula Cisewski quitter

Chapbook Prize

Shelley Wong Rare Birds

Tina Schumann Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues

Seema Yasmin For Filthy Women Who Worry About Disappointing God


Chapbook Prize

sam sax Straight

Vandana Khanna The Goddess Monologues


Chapbook Prize

Traci Brimhall & Brynn Saito Bright Power, Dark Peace

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