The winner of the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize wins a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of his/ her book.
About the award:
- Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are acceptable.
- Revisions are not allowed during the contest.
submissions must be original. (If you include quotes from other works
in your manuscript, please be sure they are clearly attributed to the
author either on the same page or in a “Notes” section at the back of
- Manuscripts must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
must be previously unpublished, although individual poems in a
manuscript are still eligible for this contest if they have been
previously published in print or web magazines, journals, anthologies,
or on a personal website.
- Manuscripts should be 60 to 90 pages.
Enclose two cover sheets with your submission, one with your contact
information and one without.
- This year's judge is Gary Young.
- All writers who enter the contest can receive a free back issue of Cloudbank or a copy of Towline by Holly Karapetkova, winner of The Vern Rutsala Book Prize 2016, when requested within the cover letter.
Rutsala taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, for
more than forty years. He authored 16 books and was the recipient of
National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. Rutsala's book His The Moment’s Equation was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2005.