Alice James Books

Genres Published: 
Poetry
Representative Authors: 

Jane Mead, Jan Heller Levi, Jamaal May, Suzanne Parker, Tamiko Beyer, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Matthew Olzmann, Anne Marie Macari, Carey Salerno, Roxane Beth Johnson, Donald Revell, Jean Valentine, Ilya Kaminsky, Jane Springer, Stephen Motika, Matthew Pennock, Monica A. Hand, Cole Swensen, Brian Turner, Matthea Harvey, Kazim Ali, Sarah Gambito, B.H. Fairchild, Jane Kenyon, Frank Gaspar, Sarah Manguso, Forrest Hamer, Doug Anderson, Mary Szybist, Nicole Cooley.

Book Types: 
Poetry collections
Reading Period: 
Jan 1
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Yes
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
Yes
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
No
Titles per Year: 
6 to 10
Distributors: 
Consortium Book Sales and Distribution; Small Press Distribution.
Editorial Focus: 

Alice James Books is a nonprofit cooperative poetry press, founded in 1973. One of the few presses in the country run collectively, we are committed to publishing a diversity of poets, including both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic styles.

Tips From the Editor: 

We have two annual manuscript contests: The Kinereth Gensler Awards (a regional award for residents of New England, New Jersey, and New York State), postmark deadline October 1st, notification of winners in December. The Beatrice Hawley Award (a national award), postmark deadline December 1st, notification of winners in mid-to-late March.
We also accept submissions to the AJB Translation Series from September through March. Hardcopy and electronic submissions (via Submittable) accepted for all contests.

Contact Information
Alyssa Neptune, Managing Editor
114 Prescott Street
City: 
Farmington,
State: 
Maine
Zip / Postal Code: 
04938
Contact E-mail: 

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Last updated: February 28, 2014

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