Dobler Award FAQs

  • Am I eligible to submit my work if I:

    • Am the author of an academic/technical textbook, a research monograph, theological text, or a children’s book?
      Yes.
    • Am the editor of an anthology of poetry/fiction/nonfiction?
      Yes.
    • Have published a book of poetry that is 48+ pages long?
      No. Poetry books 48+ pages long are considered full-length works.
    • Have published a book of fiction that is 50+ pages long?
      No. Fiction books 50+ pages long are considered full-length works for the purposes of this contest.
    • Have self-published a book of poetry/fiction/nonfiction of any length?
      Yes.
    • Am the author of a full-length poetry collection that is a print-on-demand book with a run of less than 400 copies?
      No.
    • Am the author of a published biography?
      No—this would count as a nonfiction work.
    • Live outside of the United States for part of the year?
      Yes, as long as you have a permanent U.S. residence address.
    • Live outside of the U.S. on a military base?
      Yes, as long as you have a permanent U.S. residence address.
    • Have my first full-length book coming out after the registration deadline?
      No. The promise of publication is considered to be publication.
    • Am turning 40 after the registration deadline?
      No.
    • Have won the contest in the past?
      No. Former finalists, semi-finalists, and honorable mentions are welcome to reapply.
    • Am a current Carlow University student or employee?
      No.

    Are the poems I want to submit eligible for consideration if:

    • They have appeared on a website (either personal or professional)?
      No—these poems are considered published for the purposes of this contest.
    • They have appeared in my university’s literary magazine or other school publication?
      No—these poems are considered published.
    • They have appeared as part of a publicly viewed multimedia work, lecture, or performance?
      No—these poems are considered published for the purposes of this contest.
    • They have appeared in a self-published book of poetry of any length?
      Yes.
    • They will appear in a book that is being published by a press after the contest deadline?
      No. The promise of publication is considered to be publication.