2015 Annual First Book Award

judge Tracie Morris

April 30, 2015 deadline

contest open date to be announced

A prize of $1500 and trade book publication for a first,

full-length book of poems to a female writer.

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. Tracie presents her work extensively as a poet, performer and scholar around the globe and has presented, performed and researched in almost 30 countries and 37 US States. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

How to Submit Your Manuscript

Note: in 2015 the cash award to the contest winner has increased from $1000 to $1500, plus 20 author copies. The 2015 contest deadline is April 30, 2015. Contest open date to be announced. This competition is open each year to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible.

Comment box should include:

  • Daytime and evening telephone numbers
  • Where you heard about the contest

Manuscripts must be:
• A minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 90 pages. no cover letter needed.
• Anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript)
• Original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)

$28 reading fee

Submit online here. More guidelines provided on submissions page.

For more information email us or call 520-327-2127.


 

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2014 First Book Winner

Silent Anatomies

by Monica Ong

Judge: Joy Harjo

Available January 2015

Harjo says of Silent Anatomies: "This is one of the most unique poetry collections. It’s a kind of graphic poetry book, but that’s not exactly it either. Poetry unfurls within, outside and through images. The images are stark representations that include bottles that have been excavated from a disappeared age, contemporary ultrasound images of a fetus, family photographs and charts. They establish stark bridges between ancestor and descendant time and presence. This collection is highly experimental and exciting."

 

2013 Winner
River Legs

Jen McClanaghan
Judge: Nikkey Finny

(2012 on hiatus)

2011 Winner
Double Agent

Michelle Chan Brown
Judge: Bhanu Kapil

2010 Winner
Love and the Eye

Laura Newbern
Judge: Claudia Rankine

2009 Winner
Something in the

Potato Room

Heather Cousins
Judge: Patricia Smith

2008 Winner
Souvenirs of a

Shrunken World

Holly Iglesias
Judge: Harryette Mullen

2007 Winner
Benjamin's Spectacles

Spring Ulmer
Judge: Sonia Sanchez

2006 Winner
Loveliest Grotesque

Sandra Lim
Judge: Marilyn Chin

2005 Winner
The Errant Thread
Elline Lipkin
Judge: Eavan Boland


2004 Winner

Various Modes of Departure
Deborah Fries
Judge: Carolyn Forché


2003 Winner

Rigging the Wind
Jennifer Barber
Judge: Jane Miller