The author of the winning manuscript will recieve $500, and at least one of the manuscript's poems will be selected for inclusion in a future issue of Aurora Poetry. The author retains all other rights. It is permissable for individual poems to have been previously published in other venues. However, in order to be eligible, manuscripts must contain at least two previously unpublished poems and the manuscript as a whole must not have been previously published in any form, including any form of online publication (this includes but is not limited to publication in online literary journals, personal websites, blogs, or social media). Entrants must be the author or coauthor of each of the chapbook's poems. Translations of poems by other authors are not eligible. An entry fee applies to all submissions. Entries should consists of a single poetry manuscript of between 15 and 40 pages. Any manuscripts which do not fit these guidelines may be subject to disqualification. Authors may enter multiple times but will be charged a separate entry fee each time. All entry fees are non-refundable.
We recommend that applicants include a brief bio and/or cover letter highlighting previous publication credits and professional achievements (including where individual poems from the manuscript have appeared, if applicable). The winner will be announced on or before December 31, 2020. We reserve the right to extend the contest deadline as necessary, so long as the winners are announced by this date. Entries which do not abide by these submission guidelines may be subject to disqualification.