Manuscripts are read anonymously by a group of qualified poets/critics, selected by the series editor. If a reader recognizes a manuscript or knows its author, that manuscript is forwarded to a different reader or readers. Numbers of initial readers vary from year to year, but the majority of initial readers is comprised of past winners of the POL Prizes. Finalist submissions are read by the final judge and series editor over a period of weeks.
Results will be announced in April 2014. Please check Submittable or www.fordham.edu/pol for notification of winners and finalists.
CLMP CONTEST CODE OF ETHICS
CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.