Muse/A is excited to announce its inaugural book prize for a first or second collection of poetry.

The Muse/A Dip the Rat Prize in Poetry

This contest for a first or second full-length poetry collection is open to any poet writing in English who has not yet published more than one full-length book in poetry (poets with multiple chapbooks ​are ​eligible), and offers a cash prize of $1,000 and publication by Publishing Genius press, as well as ten free copies of the published book.

Entries will first be read blind by Muse/A’s panel of editors, and judge Dorothea Lasky will choose the winning collection from ten finalists. All manuscripts should include a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (if applicable). No identifying information should be included in the submission. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in a pleasant-to-read font (as in, not comic sans), with no more than one poem per page. Manuscripts should consist of 48 – 75 pages of poetry (not including front and back matter). We prefer that you are ethical and do not submit if you are related to/work with/are besties with or otherwise have personal connections to the judge which could cause your work to be recognized.

The brilliant Dorothea Lasky, in whose honor we dip the rat, will judge the contest.

Muse/A accepts the $20 entry fee exclusively through our Submittable page. The entry fee is due at the time of submission. This contest runs from January 1st, 2019 – May 1st, 2019. The winner will be announced in November 2019 and publication is expected in early 2020.

The Muse/A Dip the Rat Prize. When a problem comes along/ you must dip it.

I put my rat upon your hip/ when I dip you dip we dip.