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september, 2023

15sep6:30 pm15nov11:50 pmCall for Submissions | The Inaugural Sowell Collection Emerging Writers Prize @ Southwest Collection

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Call for Submissions
Sowell Collection Emerging Writers Prize


Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World
Texas Tech University Libraries
Southwest Collection
2805 15th St

Submissions Open: Friday, September 15th, 2023
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Apply:; entry fee $25


The Sowell Collection at Texas Tech University, in partnership with and Texas Tech University Press, invites book-length manuscript submissions of poetry in English on themes about and related to the natural world by writers who have published no more than one book in any genre. We are especially interested in submissions that explore the relationship between human communities and nature and may be informed by scientific inquiry and/or personal experience. The winner of the Sowell Emerging Writers Prize will receive $1,000 and publication by Texas Tech University Press.

The Sowell Emerging Writers Prize will accept submissions in nonfiction, poetry, and fiction on a rotational basis and in that order: poetry in 2023, fiction in 2024, nonfiction in 2025, and so on.

The winner will receive book publication by Texas Tech University Press and a $1,000 honorarium.

Submissions will be available through Submittable at The reading fee is $25.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages (i.e., book length and not a chapbook).

Five finalists will be announced in January 2024, and the winner will be announced by the end of February.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please withdraw your manuscript promptly if it is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Include a bio of fewer than 100 words in your cover letter. Do not include your name on the title page or in the header or footer of the manuscript.

The Sowell Emerging Writers Prize encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration. Current employees or volunteers of the Sowell Collection, TTU Honors College, TTU Press, and are ineligible.

Please direct all questions to [email protected]


September 15 (Friday) 6:30 pm - November 15 (Wednesday) 11:50 pm



2805 15th Street