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The erbacce-prize for poetry 2017 opens

for submissions on the first of January 2017
(submissions close at midnight May Day 2017)

This year we have decided to extend the prizes; the winner
will receive a publishing contract with erbacce-press together
with the publication of his/her entire collected works

BUT; because each year the quality and quantity of entries has
increased world-wide we shall also select TWO runner-up poets
who will receive a contract and a perfect-bound selection
of their work up to 96 pages in length. Four other poets
will also be chosen to be 'Featured Poets' in one of the
quarterly publications of our journal erbacce.

A reminder of the winner's prize:

   1) Publication of your collected works in perfect-bound format
with full-colour gloss or matt cover (the winner chooses)
   2) A publishing contract with erbacce-press
   3) Generous royalties
   4) Your own dedicated Sales-Page
   5) Five free copies of your book delivered to your home



There will also be two runners-up prizes of publishing deals with erbacce-press
Previous winners came from: Canada, Germany, Scotland, England, India, Spain,
Poland, Sweden, Wales, & USA so wherever you are from do enter.


1) Click the white button below marked 'Submissions' to SEND US YOUR ENTRY...

2) Send us five pages of poetry in ONE SINGLE A4 MS-WORD FILE (Name the A4 MS document with your full name) Nothing else; and no 'frames' please; previously-published poems accepted but please acknowledge the first to publish them like this: 'First published in [name journal] on [published date]' IMPORTANT NOTE: if you send from a Mac you MUST first convert the files.

3) In the body of the email include your FULL NAME and SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS
(Nothing else! PS; a Snail Mail address is your place of abode with post-code or zip-code please and a note to Americans; you DO need to include the words USA)

4) Type 'erbacce-prize' in the subject line of your email

Now how could that be simpler?
It couldn't be but last year we binned without reading about 600 entries
because they didn't follow the guidelines... and we advise you read
the information beneath the 'Submissions' button.

We will acknowledge ALL entries which follow submission guidelines;
if you don't get an acknowledgement it means you haven't followed the guidelines.


...and that's all there is to it; nothing complicated, no fees, no complications,
just submit by clicking on the submission button (deactivated after May Day 2017)

(If you have problems with the link, send your submission to erbacce@blueyonder.co.uk)

Once we have your submission we will acknowledge it and then your identity will be removed and the poems will be sent to six members of our selection panel who are all widely published poets and/or academics and they will make the recommendations for a short-list from which the winner will be chosen. In June 2017 we will place a short list on this page and then towards the end of June 2017 the winner(s) will be announced. All poems sent will also be considered for publication in future erbacce journals which we publish quarterly.

We would hope to have the winner's book(s) ready for sale by Christmas 2017 but that depends on how quickly the winner(s) get their MS to us at erbacce... We will work with the poet to produce a book they will be proud of; consulting and suggesting at every crucial stage...

PLEASE do enter! There really is no catch; it's entirely FREE!

A word to the wise; which shouldn't need saying but unfortunately it does: every year we get email submissions from poets with email addresses like pluto-seminides@yahoo.com and that's really very witty if you're aged six and a half. The email address probably belongs to someone called Peter Smith. However should Peter Smith win then we have to seek-out his email address among 10,000 others on our books. And of course he doesn't exist; all that exists is the idiotic pluto-seminides... and so Peter Smith is never discovered and eventually his winning poems are dumped. PLEASE; send submissions in an email address which contains your PROPER NAME. That means; petersmith@yahoo.com or even petersmith9733@yahoo.com but PLEASE NOT pluto-seminides@yahoo.com ...ALL serious publishers will reject daft email addresses; do yourself a favour; it would be tragic to win... and then to be dumped because we can't find you...

we hope you'll consider entering, and if you do;
GOOD LUCK to everyone...

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