We will be reading unsolicited poetry manuscripts in October, 2011. This reading period is only for poets who have not previously been published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
We are often asked if we are conducting a "first book" contest. We view this reading period as neither a contest nor as being exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers whose work we might not otherwise be familiar with, or by writers who no longer have an affiliation with another press. Of the six books we publish each year, at least two are selected from this reading period. Some of the poets whose books have been published through the "October" readings are: Rita Dove, Franz Wright, John Skoyles, Lawrence Raab, Thomas Rabbitt, Jerry Williams, Cornelius Eady, James Harms, Mary Ruefle, Margot Schilpp, Kevin Prufer, Amy Beeder, Hayan Charara, Nancy Eimers, Robert Thomas, K.A. Hays, Nicky Beer, and Rachel Richardson.