"three candles press is pleased to announce the Three Candles Open Book Award for the best book of poems submitted for the contest. Poets at all stages of their careers are eligible to participate. This contest will be judged by Joan Larkin, whose poetry collections include Housework, A Long Sound, and Cold River.
Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline September 30th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. The book will be available on the three candles website, through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers nationwide. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.
Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 - 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet's name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.
How the Contest Works: Three Candles Journal editor-in-chief Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge. The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). The judge will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting that the winning manuscript is not from a current or former student. To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge, or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in some business capacity prior to the opening of the competition.
Those poets whose work has been published in three candles journal are eligible.
Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Include an SASE for contest results. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to "three candles press".
Send materials to:
three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337
Official link to the contest is