The Red Mountain Poetry Prize at Red Mountain Press is open now through September 15th for submissions of full length poetry manuscripts: 48-72 pages. Winner receives a $1,000 prize and publication of his/her collection through Red Mountain Press. My collection Church of Needles (see sidebar) won the 2013 Red Mountain Poetry Prize. The press has an impressive list of poets on its growing roster, including Kate Gale, Editor of Red Hen Press, 2015 prize winner Irena Praitis, Gregory Lawless and Jeffrey Thomson, among others. Among the poets are winners of numerous prizes including NEA fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, Fulbright Scholarships, and state cultural council fellowships, with publications in a myriad of journals including Rattle, 2River, Fourteen Hills, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and others.
And…..I will be judging this year’s contest! Remember, this is not a first or second book contest. Poets at all phases of their careers are welcome to submit. I will individually read every manuscript submitted through the RMP submission manager. And all submissions will be read blind (names removed). If you have a full-length manuscript in hand please consider submitting. Having lots to choose from will make my job easier (and harder, but in a good way). I can’t wait to read your work!