The Test Site Poetry Series


Interim: Poetry and Poetics is delighted to announce its second consecutive poetry book prize.

The winning manuscript will be published by The University of Nevada Press as part of the Test Site Series.

Interim editor and poet Claudia Keelan will serve as the series editor. The winning book will be chosen by the series editor and advisory board, which includes poets Sherwin Bitsui, Donald Revell, Sasha Steensen and Ronaldo Wilson.

We're looking for manuscripts that engage the perilous conditions of life in the 21st century, as they pertain to issues of social justice and the earth. The winning book will demonstrate an ethos that considers the human condition in inclusive love and sympathy, while offering the same in consideration of the earth. Because we believe the truth is always experimental, we'll especially appreciate books with innovative approaches.

Along with Witness and The Believer, Interim is affiliated with Black Mountain Institute and housed in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Established by the late Wilber Stevens in 1944, Interim is one of the longest running "little" literary magazines in the country.

Please submit manuscripts through Submittable with a $25 reading fee.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15th, 2019. The winning manuscript is announced in December and published in fall of 2020.

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.