The North Carolina Poetry Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting poetry in NC, is currently soliciting bids from NC presses for the book publication of the Lena M. Shull Book Contest winner with a goal of approximately $5 per book for our cost. At least 50 copies will be purchased at that price by the NCPS. The Lena M. Shull Book Contest is the newly created annual contest for a full length poetry manuscript written by a resident of North Carolina. This NCPS contest is made possible by a recently received PCNC endowment.
The submission period opens mid-September with a deadline for receipt of manuscripts of mid-November. A winner will be selected by the end of the year, and production would have to be completed by the end of March. As a statewide contest winner through an organization with nearly 400 members, the book should sell quite well. Beyond the 50 copies to be purchased by NCPS, all remaining arrangements including total press run, royalties, author’s discount, etc. will be negotiated by the selected press and the winning author. The Lena Shull winner can be expected to figure prominently in NCPS promotional materials and scheduled events.
Turnaround time for this project will be quick. Please contact Malaika King Albrecht with questions.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.