Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg University’s MFA in Creative Writing, offers an annual prize that results in book publication. As a teaching press, we are staffed by graduate students enrolled in our Publishing Concentration. Our prize alternates genres annually, from poetry to fiction to nonfiction. 

From April 1 to July 31, 2019, we are accepting submissions in creative nonfiction. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the U.S., whether published or unpublished. Manuscript word counts should be in the 20,000 to 50,000 range. File formats should be either Word .doc or .docx. Pages should be numbered, and the author's name and address should appear on the first page. 

Include a cover letter in the form provided online, and list contact information and a short (100 to 200 word) bio. There is a $25 entry fee. Current and former students of Augsburg's MFA in Creative Writing are ineligible, as are current faculty and staff of Augsburg University. The winner is announced in January 2020. The winner receives $1,000 and book publication in fall 2020. 

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Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg College’s MFA in Creative Writing, seeks submissions for its 2021 Book Prize in Poetry. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the United States, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract.

Contest Guidelines

  • Submission period: April 2–July 31, 2020
  • Online submission, including $25 entry fee, should be made through Submittable (this page).
  • MFA faculty and publishing students will serve as judges
  • Winner will be announced in January 2021
  • Manuscripts should be between 60 to 80 pages long.
  • The book should be a collection of poems by a single author.
  • Poems in the collection may be previously published, but the collection itself should be previously unpublished (i.e., book reprints are not eligible).
  • Manuscript pages must be numbered. 
  • Table of contents should be included.
  • Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
  • Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Howling Bird Press competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the Submittable manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.
  • Current and former students of Augsburg's MFA in Creative Writing are ineligible, as are current faculty and staff of Augsburg University. 
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