R109. Beyond Queues and Fees: Poetry Books Outside the Contest Model

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As it becomes increasingly common for poets to spend hundreds of dollars in contest submission fees, and as the numbers climb for manuscript submissions, this panel—comprised of five university and small-press editors who publish outside the contest model—will discuss our submission, funding, and publication approaches. This panel shares its practices in order to offer alternative approaches to the contest model for editors, hoping to sustain an inclusive and solvent poetry community.


Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI's editorial staff.

Dan Brady is the author of Cabin Fever / Fossil Record and Leroy Sequences. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Apt, H_NGM_N, Sink Review, and So & So magazine. He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of four poetry books, including Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, which won the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Lamar University and serves as editor in chief of Lamar University Literary Press.

Diane Lockward is the author of two volumes of The Crafty Poet and four poetry collections, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement. She is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the NJ Council on the Arts and a Woman of Achievement Award. She is the editor and publisher of Terrapin Books.

Marcos Martínez


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside