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To order or to subscribe, you'll need to register for Submittable if you're not already registered. (It's easy to do.) Note that subscriptions begin with the current issue unless you email editor Wayne Miller to indicate that you would rather wait for the next issue.

Copper Nickel accepts submissions Sep 1–Dec 15, Jan 15–Mar 1. If you're visiting this page during the regular submission period and don't see any Copper Nickel submission genres available, we have been overwhelmed by submissions beyond those numbers allowed by Submittable and have had to shut down till the 1st of next month. Our apologies! Please come back then.

The Jake Adam York Book Prize accepts submissions Jul 1–Oct 15.

As of January, 2020, we will be charging a $2 submission fee for submitting to Copper Nickel. Submittable has raised their rates and we can no longer entirely absorb the cost of receiving submissions online. Please note that we are charging the absolute minimum Submittable allows, and that we pay the writers we publish.

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

(Please note that our campus offices are closed under a state-wide stay-at-home order. We will fulfill all subscription and purchase orders as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Thank you for your patience!)

The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English, who live in the US or are US citizens, and who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. (If you have a second book under contract, you are also ineligible.) The prize is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. The prize is facilitated by the staff of COPPER NICKEL.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee.

More details:

Translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books.

• Self-published book DO count as prior publications if those books were at least 48 pages, had an ISBN, and/or received any sort of distribution.

Current employees of the University of Colorado Denver or Milkweed Editions are not eligible, not are current University of Colorado Denver students. Past editors and interns of Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are also ineligible to submit.

• Individual poems in a submitted manuscript may have been previously published in periodicals and/or in chapbooks. If so, please include an acknowledgments page.

All initial screeners for the prize will have published at least one poetry collection. Screening will be facilitated by the poetry editors of Copper Nickel (Wayne Miller, Brian Barker, & Nicky Beer). No screener will screen a manuscript by a friend, colleague, or former student.

• Our judge for this year's Jake Adam York Prize is DANA LEVIN. Levin is the author of four poetry collections: Banana Palace (Copper Canyon, 2016), Sky Burial (2011), Wedding Day (2005), and In the Surgical Theatre (1999). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

• The winning poet will be notified in early March, 2022. Milkweed Editions will publish the winning book in February 2023.


To submit:

• Upload a manuscript of poetry in word, pdf, or rich text format.

• Please do not include your name or address on the cover page. (We have that information through Submittable.)

• Please exclude any other identifying features in the manuscript that might make your identity clear. (If a poem includes your name, for example, you can replace the name with [author's name].)

• Please do include an acknowledgments page. (We will remove acknowledgments pages from the finalist manuscripts before they go to the final judge.)

You CAN submit your manuscript to other book prizes simultaneously, including the other prizes facilitated by Milkweed Editions (the Ballard Spahr Prize, the Max Ritvo Prize, and the National Poetry Series). Please notify us and withdraw your manuscript if it wins another prize.

For additional details, and for information about past winners, visit Copper Nickel's Book Prize Page.

If you have questions or concerns, please email prize director Wayne Miller at wayne.miller@ucdenver.edu.

The submission deadline is OCTOBER 15.

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