three candles press is pleased to announce the first annual Three Candles Prize. The Prize is awarded for a best first book of poems. This year's contest will be judged by Joseph Millar, author of the book Overtime.

Award: Winner receives $750.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline May 18th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of October. The book will be available on the three candles website, through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers nationwide. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 - 90 pages should have one cover page containing the poet's name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page. The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). The judge will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting that the winning manuscript is not from a current or former student that he has worked on a manuscript with in whole or in part. Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Include an SASE for contest results. Contest entry fee is $20.00. Make checks payable to "Steve Mueske".
    Send materials to:

    three candles press
    PO Box 1817
    Burnsville MN 55337