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 

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize

Cloudbank is now accepting submissions for Cloudbank 15. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece. Electronic and postal submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Our post office address is: Cloudbank Books, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339.

Due date: February 28, 2021. Reading fee is $15.

1. All writers who enter the contest will receive a two-issue subscription to Cloudbank magazine. Your subscription will start with  Cloudbank 14, unless you request the next issue. If you already have a subscription to Cloudbank and enter the contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.

2. Please do not send more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less) within one submission.

3. The submitted work may not have been published elsewhere, including online journals.

4. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

5. An additional copy will be sent to a writers whose work appears in Cloudbank 15.

6. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15.00. Individual copies are $8.


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. 

Seducing the Asparagus Queen is the winner of Cloudbank's 2018 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. According to reviewer Iliana Rocha, the book characterizes the Midwest as an "electrically charged site" where "even the elegiac moments...are not about emptiness." 

Huey is an associate professor of writing at Grand Valley State  University in Michigan. Previously, he worked as a newspaper reporter  and editor. In addition to Seducing the Asparagus Queen, Huey is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications, 2015) and Boom Box (Sundress Publications, 2019). Two of his poetry chapbooks have also been published: The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016). He is co-author, with W. Todd Kaneko, of the textbook Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology, published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Holly Karapetkova is the Winner of the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize from Cloudbank Books. Author Sandra Beasley describes the poems in this  collection as calling on “traditions of myth, riddle and family rumor.” Author Dan Albergotti says the book is “expansive, ranging in structure from the freest verse to the elegantly formal.” Karapetkova is the chair of the Department of LIterature and Languages at Marymount University.

New poems by Christopher Buckley, who has published twenty-one books of  poetry, several chapbooks and limited editions, and three memoirs. He is the editor of six poetry anthologies as well as critical books on the poets Philip Levine, Larry Levis, and Luis Omar Salinas. Buckley is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Fulbright Award, four Pushcart prizes, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America, among other awards. Buckley has taught writing and creative writing at several universities, and is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Charles Goodrich honed his eye for the details of nature in his long career as a professional gardener. His poems and essays have earned him numerous fellowships, and five of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio. An article in the Gazette Times newspaper commented: "His subjects are the ignored, everyday wonders: aphids, houseflies, silverfish. A poem titled 'Fruitfly' begins: 'That miserable winter I drank so much/there was this fruitfully who loved to land on my lisps. / I called her Mabel.'" 

Praise for Insects of South Corvallis includes this comment by the late Vern Rutsala: "The authentic presence of these poems is remarkable and offers the genuine protein—the verbs, the nouns, the images, and the voice—that only the best poetry has. Each poem is loaded with discoveries and gives us both an immediate and particular event and the distillation of long experience. The is one of the finest books I've read in years."

Bunch of Animals is the fourth book of poems by Henry Hughes, who has  also published a memoir, Back Seat with Fish. Author Carlos Reyes  comments on this book are: "Terrific! A poetic bestiary of strange and  wondrous creatures.” Emily Rosko characterizes the poems in Bunch of  Animals as marking "the territories between nature and the human, the  tame and untamed, as they coax out the 'little wild' from within the  day-to-day." Ed Skoog comments that the poem "offers an expansive vision  of life's richness.

Kevin Craft's poetry has appeared in Poetry, VERSE, 9th Letter,  AGNI, and Poetry Daily. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, and the Artist Trust of Washing State, he teaches English and writing at Everett Community College and for the University of Washington's Summer in Rome Seminar. 

Of this collection, poet Stanley Plumly says, “The intelligence, the imagination, the quick humor in  Solar Prominence   all point in the same direction: toward the poem as a made thing, a  thing of light, crafted, the way craft, through its various art,  transforms the generalities into the specifics of magic.”

Overland Park, which was published by Blue Light Press in 2017, is a collection of poetry, prose poetry, and flash fiction by Michael Malan. Reviewer Peter Sears characterizes it as "an exciting new book" with "inventive playfulness."

Michael Malan is editor of Cloudbank, a literary journal published in Corvallis, Oregon. His poems and flash fiction have been published in Epoch,  Denver Quarterly, Potomac Review, Poetry East, Hayden's Ferry Review, South Carolina Review, CutBank, Wisconsin Review, Rhino, The Christian Science Monitor,  and elsewhere.

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