The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: Kentucky

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Texas Review Press

Call For Submissions

The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series highlights a first full-length collection by emerging authors from each state in the southern U.S.

Submissions open each year on December 1 and close on March 1.

Submissions for Kentucky open December 1, 2023.

Submission Guidelines:

To submit please visit our online submission manager.



  • Open to any poet born in Kentucky, currently residing in Kentucky, or who has lived in Kentucky for five consecutive years at any point, who has not yet published a full-length collection of poetry. The author may have published chapbooks or books in other genres.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • There are no formal restrictions, we welcome poetry of any style/form.
  • Open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible.
  • Poems may have been published individually in magazines or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify TRP immediately by withdrawing the manuscript via Submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Current and former students and faculty of Sam Houston State University are not eligible.
  • Submitters must be 18+ years of age.
  • Submissions are accepted through Submittable only.
  • Winner will receive a standard royalty contract, and 10 copies of the published book.


  • Manuscripts must be between 50 and 100 pages in length.
  • Please include a table of contents, title page, acknowledgments page, and page numbers.
  • No more than one poem per page.
  • Submit as a .pdf, .docx, or .doc file format.
  • No revisions will be accepted once the manuscript is uploaded.

Submission Period
December 1, 2023 - March 1, 2024

Poetry Press