Alice James Books currently does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. The press offers publishing opportunities for poets through its national book award. Click below for more information.

The Alice James Award: (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award): our national poetry award.

AJB Translation Series: the press’s publication series for poetry-in-translation.


The following awards are on hiatus:

The Kundiman Poetry Prize: an Asian-American poetry award offered in partnership with Kundiman.

Kinereth Gensler Award: for poets living in New England, New York, and New Jersey.


About AJB’s Screening Process
Manuscripts submitted to the AJA are screened anonymously. During the screening process, every manuscript is read by a minimum of two people, at least one of whom is a board member (the other is either an outside screener or another board member). With the assistance of screeners, submissions are winnowed to a group of finalists from which the editorial board chooses a winner. Manuscripts in the finalist group are not read anonymously. Our screeners, with very few exceptions, are published poets and/or MFA students.

Our Winner Selection Process.
AJA finalist manuscripts are read over a period of weeks by the Editorial Board in preparation for the finalist meeting where the winner is chosen.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe 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.