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James Tate Prize

International Poetry Chapbook Contest 2018

We are delighted to announce the WINNERS of the 1st James Tate International Poetry Prize, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of Surrealist poetry. We have received 27 poetry manuscripts from seven countries, namely Australia, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the USA. The quality of most manuscripts was remarkable, and so it wasn't easy to choose the winners. Still, we have selected four manuscripts that we liked best.
Both prizes are shared, and we will publish all the four manuscripts
in the coming months.
Many thanks to all who submitted their works to our contest!
Your support is invaluable!

1st PRIZE (in alphabetical order):
Christopher Prewitt. Saint Monica / After You Rain
Anton Yakovlev. Chronos Dines Alone

2nd PRIZE (in alphabetical order):
Mikko Harvey & Jake Bauer. Idaho Falls
Bob Lucky. Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks

HONOURABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order):
Glen Armstrong. That Look on Spider Baby's Face
Partridge Boswell. Lucky Scars
Lucia Orellana Damacela. Migratory Sounds
Erik Fuhrer. Every time you die
Daniel Hales. Comment Faire La Lumière
Kenneth Pobo. Dark On
Jake Syersak. Though, Through, Thoroughly
James Walton. Abandoned Soliloquy


1st Prize: €200; 2nd Prize: €100
Both winners of the James Tate Prize will win a chapbook publication and 20 complimentary copies.

We will also arrange the winning poets' reading in Dublin, Ireland.
Up to ten finalists may be publicly listed as "highly commended". Finalists may be offered publication at SurVision Books' discretion.

The competition will be open to new, emerging and established poets from any country writing in English from 1st June, 2019. We prefer innovative, experimental, surrealistic poetry to mainstream. To learn more about our preferences in poetry, please read SurVision Magazine.

All the poems must be the original work of the entrant. Manuscripts can be between 20 and 29 pages of poetry in length, in the English language
. This does not include the table of contents, title page and the list of acknowledgements, if any. Prose poems and translations of poetry are also eligible; all translations must be accompanied by the same work in the original language.

Individual poems may be previously published.

Previously published, or self-published chapbooks are not eligible. Authors with collections or chapbooks previously published by SurVision Books are not eligible.

Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. There is an entrance fee of €18 for each manuscript. Submit additional manuscript(s) in a separate email(s) and include submission fee(s). The winners will be selected by the editor of SurVision Magazine.

We will be accepting simultaneously submitted work but
let us know immediately if your chapbook has been accepted for publication elsewhere. All finalists will be required to remove their work from simultaneous review upon notification.

The winning chapbooks will be published by SurVision Books in autumn 2019 and launched in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2020.

They will be offered for sale internationally through our own website and in selected independent book sellers.

Deadline: Friday 31th of August 2019, midnight.


We do not accept postal entries. Please send e-mail entries to: survisionmagazine[at]
Subject: "SBP entry 2019 / Your surname and your first name"

1.    The chapbook for submission (MS Word document. No PDF files, please). Each poem should begin on a new page. Please single-space your poems. Please use font size 12. Please don't put your name on the manuscript itself, or anywhere inside it.
2.    A cover letter (separate Word document attached to the same email).
Your cover letter should include:
- Your name
- Chapbook title
- Email address
- Phone number
- Postal address
- Image of PayPal receipt or the Paypal transaction ID number
- How your heard about our competition
- A brief bio
Please ensure that this information is in the attachment and not in the body of the email.
3.    Payment of the €18 entry fee can be made through PayPal (please press the button in the sidebar on the left side of this page.)


Paypal will deduct the fee in your own currency. As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter. Please contact us if you need to arrange an alternative method of payment (postal orders for Irish entries, or cheques and bank drafts for Irish and international entries.)

All rights will revert to the winning chapbooks' authors upon publication.

All the winning manuscripts will be published as A5 perfect-bound paperback chapbooks, and will be available to purchase at our online bookstore.

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