inaugural book prize

The Test Site Poetry Series


Interim's Judging Protocol

We Subscribe to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

1. After we’ve received your entry, we remove identifying information about you from the manuscript, and assign it a number.

2. Cover sheets are filed in a folder that will remain unopened until final decisions have been made. Manuscripts, only identifiable by the assigned number, are then distributed among the editors of Interim for review. We also enter your name, address, name of your manuscript and the number we’ve assigned you into our database, in order to keep track of your work.

3. In the event that a manuscript belonging to an individual editor's relative, student, or former student manuscript is selected by a majority of the series board as a finalist, that individual will recuse him or herself from voting on the manuscript.