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The Ninety-Six Press accepts manuscripts by invitation only.  The first run is usually 500 paperback copies, and authors are compensated in copies.

In 2013, the press invites submissions (from all eligible authors) for the South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize.

The South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize

Author eligibility:

1. You must be a resident of South Carolina since January 1, 2009.
2. You must be at least 21 years of age at the time you submit your manuscript.
3. You must have published at least five poems in regionally or nationally circulated literary journals and/or  anthologies.
4. You cannot currently be enrolled as a student in a degree program.
5. Your work cannot have previously appeared in Ninety-Six Press publications (with the exception of the anthologies 45/96 and/or A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry).

Manuscript guidelines:

1. Include a title page that provides your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
2. Your manuscript should be 45-60 pages in length, exclusive of title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments (but including any section dividers within the manuscript).
3. You should use a clear twelve-point font (for example, Times New Roman or Arial).
4. You should include no more than thirty-five single-spaced lines on each page (counting stanza breaks as lines, but excluding the poem’s title).
5. You should place no more than one poem on a single page.
6. You should not include any poem previously published in a full-length, single-author collection.  (Poems previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks are fine—as long as the author holds the copyright or can secure the necessary permissions.)
7. Submit your manuscript electronically to in MS Word format, as one attachment to an email message.
8. The title of your manuscript should be the subject heading of the message.  In the message itself, affirm that you’ve carefully read the eligibility requirements for the South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize and that you meet them.  If you would like to see written responses to your work by student editorial assistants, add a note to this effect.  (Gilbert Allen, the editor of the Ninety-Six Press, will read all of the manuscripts and will make the final selection.)

9. If you wish to send a short cover letter, send it separately to after you’ve submitted your manuscript.
10. If your manuscript is accepted by another publisher, contact the Ninety-Six Press as soon as possible.
11. There is no reading fee.
12. An eligible author may submit no more than one manuscript.

The manuscript submission period is from May 1, 2013 until July 1, 2013.

All authors will be notified by January 15, 2014.

The selected manuscript will be published in 2014 by the Ninety-Six Press, and the author will receive 100 copies of the book as an honorarium. In addition, the author will be invited to give a public reading at Furman University as part of the Meta Eppler Gilpatrick Writers at Furman Series. That reading will be co-sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Archives.

If you have any questions about the South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize, contact Gilbert Allen at