Trio House Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Submissions and Guidelines


Submissions to Trio House Press are accepted during our awards reading period or during our open reading period. Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. Each award winner receives $1000 and twenty copies of his or her book. Additionally, each winner must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication in order to assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print.

We are an environmentally conscious press and only accept manuscripts through our online submissions manager below

Notification of our winners and finalists is posted on our web page and announced through social media.  Please check our website for results. If you are a finalist, semi-finalist, or the winner, you will be personally notified. 

Our reading period for both awards is November 1st through April 30th. Manuscripts received outside of this reading period will not be considered. Our submissions fee is $25 per manuscript for all award reading periods.

Please do not upload your cover letter and bio with your manuscript and do not include any identifying materials, including your name or contact information, on the actual manuscript.  You may include an acknowledgements page in the manuscript. Upload your cover letter and bio in the cover letter option area.

Our open reading period, for which no award is given, is July 1- August 1. Poets chosen for publication during our open reading period must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months. Please DO include a detailed cover letter approximately two pages in length with your bio, publishing history, and marketing plan along with your manuscript for the open reading period. Manuscripts received outside of this period will not be considered. Our open reading period fee is $20.00. Use our online submissions manager below.

Our submissions process adheres to and supports all ethical standards and guidelines outlined by the CLMP. Judges are forwarded unmarked manuscripts for consideration. Relatives and current or former students of judges are not eligible for publication.

The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.


The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.


Manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages of poetry, written in English by a poet residing within the U.S.

Again, when submitting your work during the awards reading period, please do not include any identifying information in the uploaded manuscript.  Your title page should only display your title and no contact information.  Place your name and contact information in your cover letter only and do not upload your cover letter with your manuscript. 

Translations are not eligible for publication.

Manuscripts must be sent in a single word doc. or docx. file.

Include a cover letter with your bio in the cover letter option area.

Include an acknowledgement page of individual poems published within the manuscript. The manuscript as a whole must not be previously published.

Your name or other identifying materials must not appear anywhere else upon your manuscript for the award submissions.

Payment of $25 is required for all submissions during our award submissions period.

Multiple award submissions are accepted as long as a $25 fee accompanies each award submission.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript is chosen elsewhere.

Relatives and current or former students of judges are not eligible for awards or publication during our contest submissions period.

Open reading period submissions must include a detailed two page cover letter outlining your bio, publishing history, and marketing plan along with your manuscript. You may insert this cover letter at the beginning of your file in front of your manuscript. Our open reading period fee is $20.00.

No edits can be made to manuscripts after you submit your manuscript. However, if chosen for award or publication, edits can be made prior to final proofs.

In the unlikely event that, due to unexpected illness or life events, a judge is unable to select an award winner, a member of the Trio House Press Editorial staff will select the award winner.

All award winners and poets published must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication. They must assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print. They must work on the Production and Design Committee, the Distribution and Sales Committee, or the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.

Your submission acknowledges that you understand and agree to all guidelines.