Entry Form

For the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize:

Only publishers may send submissions, in compliance with the Rules of The Griffin Poetry Prize.

Please complete and return this form, for each submission along with four copies of each submitted title: press material, a current author biography and a photograph (hard copy or high resolution digital versions) of the author and translator (where applicable), by June 30, 2017 for books published between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017; by December 31, 2017 for books published between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Please remember to complete all necessary customs/duties paperwork when shipping your entries – to save time and additional costs, at the same time ensuring delays are avoided.

Publishers must undertake to comply with the relevant conditions outlined in Number 5 of the Rules should their submission be shortlisted for The Griffin Poetry Prize.

Books postmarked after the deadlines of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017 will not be eligible.

All submission materials should be sent to:

Ruth Smith
The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
363 Parkridge Crescent
Oakville, Ontario L6M 1A8, Canada

Download the Griffin Poetry Prize entry form in one of the following formats:

Microsoft Word
Click here to download gpp-entry-form.doc (~40K)
Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
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15 thoughts on “Entry Form

  1. Griffin Poetry Prize entries must come from publishers only. If you are interested in learning more about companies around the world that publish poetry, we invite you to take a look at our database of publishers (http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/poetry-publishers/submitting-publishers/) who have submitted entries to the Griffin Poetry Prize since the prize’s inception. Writers’ organizations and poetry associations often offer useful publishing resources, and we provide links to some of them here. (http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/poetry-publishers/publishing-resources/).

  2. I would like to enter and I do have a publisher, although, my poetry book was registered and printed on Xlibris.com which is a self-publishing website.

    How does this make my poetry less valuable or meaningful?

  3. If you do have a publisher, your publisher is welcome to send in your book. We look forward to receiving it.

    The Griffin Poetry Prize rules state that entries must come from publishers only – no self-published book is eligible (#4l, Eligibility Criteria). This requirement is consistent with major literary prizes around the world.

    The annual jury for the Griffin Poetry Prize consists of three judges, who have four months or less to read and evaluate 450 or more books/collections before the shortlist is formulated and announced. Opening the prize to self-published works sent directly by authors would increase entry volume and make the judging process difficult to manage in a thoughtful and timely manner. The publishers only requirement helps to ensure that the work of the Griffin Poetry Prize judges – for which The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry is most grateful – produces a high quality and representative Canadian and international shortlist every year.

    The Griffin Trust is continuously evaluating the self publishing realm to understand how it might fit into future eligibility criteria. Thank you for your questions on this subject.

  4. I am an author and owns a publishing firm in Nigeria. What happens when my book is submitted by my own publishing company?
    Is it acceptable?

  5. If your firm publishes the works of several other authors as well as yours, you should be fine to enter. When your firm submits your entries, we invite you to include information about your publishing company’s current or recent catalogues.

    Thank you for your interest in the Griffin Poetry Prize!

  6. I am just curious is there an age requirement. I am a 14 year old girl who has obviously never had a book published.

  7. If an entry is entered now, will it be held and elegible for the 2014 prize? And does it matter if the book was published by the press in the Fall of 2012?

  8. I wonder if you accept a book that I’ve been published by my own through Create Space Independent Publishing Platform.but by editing my book through this company I found a mistake in my name so I try to fix it but there regulation did not allow me unless I change the name of my book and because i do love the name of my book and because the name is represent the idea of my book , i change the edition to edition 2 .So i wander if it’s OK.?!

  9. I published my book of poetry through an American firm, Authorhouse. Is this considered self publishing?

  10. AuthorHouse Self Publishing describes itself on its web site (www.authorhouse.com) as “the leading provider of supported self-publishing services for authors around the globe.” So yes, we’d consider books published through this service as products of self publishing.

  11. Hello there,

    I have had two poetry books published. Volume 1 by Authorhouse, and Volume II by Canadian self publishing company Sapphira Publications. Will my books be eligible to enter griffin poetry?

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