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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Since 1974 our mission has been to bring quality poetry to a broad audience by publishing poetry, sponsoring poetry events and educational activities, hosting and participating in writers festivals, working with area colleges, making our books available as textbooks for students, and networking with other arts organizations as a good citizen of the arts community and the community at large.
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Recent Awards Received
Erika Meitner's Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls received the Poetry Society of America's literary excellence award.
Erika Meitner, Robert Dana, Frank X. Gaspar
We use Submittable for contest submissions. No unsolicited submissions.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
6 - 10 weeks
royalties, cash, copies
Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for poetry. For 1st or 2nd books. Reading period 2/15-5/1. Fee: $25. See web site for contest guide
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How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Lucky, maybe. The founder of the press, Van K. Brock offered me the job in 1992 though I had no experience and no desire to be involved in the publishing business. Since it was an unpaid position at least I was not wasting anyone's money.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Basically, we have two people who do all of the work on the books and one Board member who runs our website. We work almost for free.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be honest--don't pretend to have read our books (but if you are being dishonest, be convincing.) Be brief-- whether being honest or not.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Outside of the contest process, we publish the book selected and sent to us by the Philip Levine Prize and we pick two more books per year that we like.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Good work and a sense that the poet will work hard to promote the book.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Write well. Wait till you have a good book before submitting.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Yes, when Robert Dana asked me at dinner in Pittsburgh if I wanted to publish his book. I said yes.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Me. Well, not just for ego reasons; I guess Anhinga publishes mostly books I like. So the ideal reader would like what I like.