FIRST BOOK AWARD
A prize of $1,000 plus book publication
by Kore Press
is given for a book-length poetry manuscript.
This competition is open 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.
Click here to read an interview from Poetry Contest Insider
with publisher Lisa Bowden and fiction editor Shannon Cain
How to Submit
The contest is currently closed. When it opens, you will be able to submit your manuscript and $20 reading fee on-line here.
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 80 pages. no cover letter needed.
• anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript)
• original poetry written by applicant (translations are
For more information email us or call 520-327-2127.
2011 Winner: Double Agent
by Michelle Chan Brown
selected by Bhanu Kapil
Michelle Chan Brown was born in London and grew up all over Eastern Europe. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, Sycamore Review, The Missouri Review, Tampa Review, Gertrude, The Concher, textsound, and others. She has a chapbook, The Clever Decoys, from LATR Editions. She earned her BA and MFA at the University of Michigan and lives in Pomfret, Connecticut, where she is Writer-in-Residence at the Pomfret School. She is assistant poetry editor of Drunken Boat.
"Music for Birds"
by Ali Lanzetta, San Francisco, CA
"three stamens*seventeen syllables"
by Tamiko Beyer, Brooklyn, NY
by Christine Choi, San Francisco, CA
"Anti-Portrait at Flashpoint"
by Cori A. Winrock, Rochester NY
2011 First Book Judge
Bhanu Kapil is a British-Indian writer, and new U.S. citizen, who lives now in Colorado, where she is core faculty at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She also teaches writing at Goddard College in Vermont. She is the author of four books: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [ a project for future children] (Kelsey Street, 2009), and Schizophrene (forthcoming from Nightboat Books, 2011.)
2010 First Book Award Judge
“Claudia Rankine has made of her savage and stern intelligence, her ruthlessness and her terror, great art.” —Louise Glück
Whether writing about intimacy or alienation, Claudia Rankine’s voice is one of unflinching and unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful to emerge in recent years. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Williams College and Columbia University, Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, including the award-winning Nothing in Nature is Private.
Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Boston Review, TriQuarterly, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Claudia Rankine lives and teaches in California.
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