Trio House Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Our Mission Promoting poetry as literary art enhancing culture and the human experience. Our Vision to publish three collections of poems annually by emerging and established poets in order to increase the availability of new and diverse poetry. To provide educational materials to promote understanding of poetry and its personal and cultural relevance for students and the general public. To encourage the artistic process of writing poetry. Our Press Trio House Press is an independent literary press publishing three or more collections of poems annually. We offer two annual poetry awards, the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. We also publish a creative nonfiction title through the Aurora Polaris Award. Trio House Press adheres to and supports all ethical standards and guidelines outlined by the CLMP.

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Instagram - @triohousepress twitter - @triohousepress facebook -
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kris Bigalk
Contact Title
Executive Editor
essays, nonfiction, poetry
Representative Authors
David Groff, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Tara Betts
Submissions Policy
Guidelines for Trio House Submissions - The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published. - The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history. - Manuscripts must be 48-70 pages of poetry (excluding title page, table of contents, and all front matter), written in English by a poet residing within the U.S. - Translations are not eligible for publication. - Manuscripts must be sent in a single word doc. or docx. file. with no identifying information. - Include and upload your cover letter with your bio and contact information in the cover letter option area. - Include an acknowledgments page of individual poems published within the manuscript. - The manuscript as a whole must not be previously published. - Your name or other identifying materials must not appear anywhere else upon your manuscript. - Reading fees are required during each submissions period ($25 for awards; $20 for open reading). - Multiple award submissions are accepted as long as a $25 fee accompanies each award submission. - Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript is chosen elsewhere. - Relatives and current or former students of judges are not eligible for awards or publication during our contest submissions period. - Do not include any identifying material, including your name, bio, or contact information on your manuscript. Please include this in your cover letter and upload your cover letter separately. - Open reading period submissions must include a detailed two page cover letter outlining your bio, publishing history, and marketing plan along with your manuscript. - You may insert this cover letter at the beginning of your file in front of your manuscript for the open reading period only. - No edits can be made to manuscripts after you submit your manuscript. However, if chosen for award or publication, edits can be made prior to final proofs. - In the unlikely event that, due to unexpected illness or life events, that a judge is unable to select an award winner, a member of the Trio House Press Editorial staff will select the award winner. - Your submission acknowledges that you understand and agree to all guidelines. - Poets will not be personally notified of contest results. - Please check our website and Facebook pages for results sometime during the summer months. Additional info can be found here:
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 06 / 01 - 06 / 30
Reporting Time
1 - 4 months
Author Payments
royalties, cash, copies
The Trio Award (poetry) The Louise Bogan Award (poetry) The Aurora Borealis Award (creative nonfiction)
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Kris Bigalk
Executive Director/Publisher
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
When the founder and publisher of Trio House Press, Tayve Neese, decided to retire from her position, she asked me to take the helm of Trio House Press. I officially started in this position in January of 2023, when we moved the nonprofit press to MN
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We do not have a regular staff, but rely on editing consultants and volunteers to produce our books at this time. We welcome those who want to learn about book production, marketing, etc.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Show us that you read, understand, and enjoy poetry and creative nonfiction. Let us know what you already know and what you'd like to learn more about in terms of the publishing industry, and poetry/cnf publishing in particular.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use Submittable and a rotating roster of first readers and second readers, with final decisions made by either a judge (for contests) or the "trio" of editors (Kris Bigalk, Matt Mauch, and Natasha Kane).
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for artistic merit and originality.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Please read the guidelines to ensure your manuscript fits the requirements of the contest or open reading period, and format your manuscript as directed; please double-check your manuscript file to make sure it's the one you want to submit.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is someone who may be a little tired of having everything curated to their own tastes - someone who wants to try out a variety of new ways of seeing the world through poetry and creative nonfiction.