Cloudbank Books was launched in 2000 with the publication of Millennial Spring: Eight New Oregon Poets, an anthology of contemporary verse, edited by Peter Sears and Michael Malan. Since then, we have published nine other books of poetry, including those shown on our Home Page. 

In 2009, the first issue of Cloudbank magazine was published. Each issue is 84 pages, perfect-bound with color art on the cover. Two or three book reviews are included in each issue, along with 65 pages of poetry and short prose.

Guidelines for Contests and Regular Submissions:
  • We read submissions year-round. There is no charge for regular submissions. 
  • We accept up to five poems or flash fictions pieces (500 words or less) for either contests or regular submissions. 
  • Poems and flash fiction submitted may not have been published elsewhere.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 
Address any questions to: 
Michael Malan, Editor 
Cloudbank, PO Box 610, 
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0610 

Long Voyage Gathering Light by John Kooistra is the winner of the 2021 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. 

Every line in John Kooistra’s poetry in Long Voyage Gathering Light is one more step deeper—not just into the landscape of the world but also of the mind. Sure-footed but open to surprise, linked not just to place but the connections between places, these poems do not hesitate to crunch down to inspect a small track in the snow, or to stand up straight to take hold of an epiphany as sudden and miraculous as Elizabeth Bishop’s moose. Though “. . .cars / shrink to nothing / in the long gaps / between yard lights,” John Kooistra never sleeps in his voyages between Alaska and Ohio, the past and the present, the deep breathing of ideas and the persuasion of wilderness. Kooistra in his poems always finds those crucial moments when the mind needs to pay attention, “the last of the sunset / flaming like a stained glass window.” But he also knows when to shut up and let the world talk: “The sense in all this / I now make a mystery / by asking.”  A salmon fisher for many years on Cook Inlet, Kooistra also knew how to the repair the engine on his boat to keep himself alive. It’s that same ability to take apart and put together small parts into something big and powerful that makes his poems strong for their long voyage. Expertise and patience. Grease and metaphor. 

—Dan Bourne

Cloudbank editors seek a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, and aesthetics (for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, flash fiction, etc). 

Please submit up to five poems; your name and address should appear on each page. 

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please so let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 
Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine. 

Please submit up to five pieces of flash fiction (no more than 500 words per piece); your name and address should appear on each page. 

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please so let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 
Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine. 

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My Bright Last Country by Jane Craven is the winner of the 2020 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize.

The poems are evocative explorations of a woman moving through the world, simultaneously burdened and enriched by her familial past and her own experience. In “The Sketchbooks of Hiroshige” a dead father is remembered as a working man, then touchingly comes to life as a vulnerable child in a Japanese scroll. Craven laments the disappearing natural world in “88 Roads” which describes the aftermath of a flood in a rural county with “its empty highway/ slick with river fish” and its “Huffys tangled in telephone wires, 6,000 hogs/ whose waterlogged bodies knocked against sheet metal/ for days.” These are moving poems of regard in which Craven looks closely, attentively, to reveal the astonishing connective tissues that bind us to others and to the natural world.   

Jane Craven grew up in North Carolina and holds an MFA from North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Beloit Journal, The Columbia Review, Tar River Poetry, The Southern Humanities Review and other journals. Her poem, “The Sketchbooks of Hiroshige,” won first prize in The MacGuffin’s 2019 Poet Hunt Contest, guest judged by Richard Tillinghast.

Tarzan's Jungle Plane, prose poetry by Cloudbank editor Michael Malan, is now available. Michael's writing has appeared in numerous journals over the years and this, his second full-length collection, was published by Blue Light Press.  Along with the title poem, this collection includes stories about "Chippewa Street," "Twins," "A Dangerous Woman," and "Richie Rich at Glacier Point."

Praise for this book include these comments by Richard Jones, author of Stranger on Earth: I love how real, how tangible the imaginary worlds of Michael Malan’s prose poems are—their immediacy and intimacy—as well as their accurate portrayal of the human desire to balance history, psychology, and imagination like so many plates spinning atop poles. These exhilarating paragraphs are a delight. As soon as one suspects the tug of easy irony, veils are swept away to astonish as the poet reveals vistas, insights, and what feels to me like truth. 

Weatherbox by Timothy Geiger is the winner of Cloudbank's 2019 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. Starting with a Charles Wright quote that emphasizes taking a hard look at one's surroundings, poems in Weatherbox look deep into both the rush of everyday experience and the ruins of memory. From “the hammered grace/ of a goldfinch mid-air” to “the bare foot-trails/ furrowed beneath/ the abandoned swingset” the imagery and imagination in these poems become prayers, or stories, or meditations, striving for the hardest answers from the forces that drive our common humanity. 

Timothy Geiger is the author of two other poetry collections, The Curse of Pheromones (Main Street Rag Press, 2008) and Blue Light Factory (Spoon River Poetry Press, 1999). He is also the author of nine chapbooks. His poems have received a Pushcart Prize and a Holt, Rinehart & Winston Award in Literature. Along with his work on the award-winning Aureole Press, he teaches Creative Writing, Poetry, and courses in Book Design at the University of Toledo. He lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio.