Guidelines: Emerging Call for Entries

The RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU Press, announces reading dates annually for the Wheelbarrow Books (emerging) Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication within two years of selection under the Wheelbarrow Books imprint.

The reading dates are from mid-December through March 1.

The final judge is a member of the Wheelbarrow Books Editorial Board and will be announced when the call goes out.

Download a copy of these guidelines (PDF) 



  • Manuscripts are eligible for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize if the author has not yet published a collection of original poetry. Translations are not eligible.
  • Current faculty, staff, and students of Michigan State University are not eligible to submit their work.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome and simultaneous submissions are acceptable (please inform us if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere).
  • The Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a list of winners and finalists will be posted on the Center for Poetry website ( in June after the winning author is notified.
  • Publication is contingent upon the poet’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.


Rules and Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be in English and a minimum 64 pages.
  • Manuscripts must be typed in a 12-point font.
  • Manuscripts must be accompanied by two title pages: one with the title of the collection, the author’s name, address, email address, and telephone number; and one with only the title. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Submitted poems may have appeared previously in journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be previously unpublished.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked between December 15 and March 1. For proof of receipt, send the manuscript using a delivery confirmation service.
  • Include the nonrefundable reading fee of $25 as a check or money order payable to Michigan State University. Please include “Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize” on the memo line.
  • The postmark deadline for submission is March 1. Send manuscripts to:

Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize
RCAH Center for Poetry
362 Bogue St., Room C210
East Lansing, MI  48825