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MVP Competition entry form
(Include one copy of the manuscript and a SASE for notification. Mss. will not be returned. Include $25 entry fee.)

  • I have read the guidelines for the 2012 MVP Project competition and understand them. (This year, both the Prose Prize and the Poetry Prize are national. Any writer writing in English is eligible.)
  • My creative work qualifies as the work of a "new or emerging writer." (Any writer who has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or nationally distributed small press. A writer who has won the MVP Competition once is eligible again three years after the year in which the winning manuscript was submitted; a writer who has won the competition twice cannot enter again.)
  • All of the material included in this submission is of my own composition and is free from copyright restrictions. I understand that should I win the competition, I will be responsible for securing releases. I also understand that simultaneous submissions are acceptable and even encouraged, but that I must notify NRP if my manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Otherwise, this entry form grants NRP exclusive rights to publish the winning manuscript.

Your Name:_____________________________


Genre: Poetry Prose (circle one)






Tentative Title of Manuscript:___________________




Short Story Collection




Ordering Information

New Rivers Press was founded in 1968 by C. W. "Bill" Truesdale and has published more than 340 titles. In 2001, after Truesdale's death, Alan Davis and Wayne Gudmundson were instrumental in reviving and relocating it to MSUM, where its dual mission is to publish literary work of every character, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers, and to provide learning opportunities, including a Certificate in Publishing, for students in partnership with MSUM. The press honors Truesdale's progressive spirit by publishing work with a strong sense of place that speaks to our troubled times with satyagraha (the truthforce), empathy, and aesthetic courage.

New Books October 2011

The Animals Beyond Us, poems
Michael Hettich

"His poems are finely observed, precisely felt, and they bring magic to the domestic life, the real magic of language that has power to transform a world." ~John Dufresne, author

Dissolve, poems
Holaday Mason

"I love Mason's instructive intensity and will, her grace and ability to translate desire into something scary yet gorgeous." ~David Dodd Lee, author

Downriver People, fiction
Bea Exner Liu

"Americans should read, and ponder, this humane memoir of an American life in a China now massively, but not unrecognizably, transformed."
~Robert A. Knapp

Girl Held in Home, fiction
Elizabeth Searle

"...Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful." ~Ann Hood, author

Hotel Utopia, poems
Robert Miltner

"[This] is a book of angles. These poems come from one bend in the mind, then another, from one tilt in the heart, then another. Whether the content is personal, mystical, or political, the voice is deliciously agile." ~Tim Seibles, author

The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories
, short story collection
Jacob Lampart

"Not since
The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism." ~C. Michael Curtis, editor

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