EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 31, 2017.

The winner will receive $1,000 and a publication contract, as well as 25 author's copies and promotional support.

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages and may contain one or several individual poems published previously in magazines or journals. Manuscripts without previously published poems are also welcome. Poems may be of any style, length, or form.

Final judge this year is JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL, author of fifteen books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her most recent books are the bilingual Spanish/English poetry collection, Extranjera/Stranger (Editorial Yaugarú, 2015) and the novel My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013). Her poetry collection Cinema Muto (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009) was selected by David Wojahn for the Crab Orchard Open Selection Award. Her story collection The Alice Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2007) won the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize. Her other poetry collections are Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004) and World as Dictionary (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999). She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Torres/Towers (Editorial Yaugarú, 2014), Film History as Train Wreck (Center for Book Arts, 2006), and Chartreuse (Hollyridge Press, 2005). Her translations of the Uruguayan poets Circe Maia, Tatiana Oroño, Idea Vilariño, and Javier Etchevarren have appeared in the American Literary Review, the Atlanta Review, Blackbird, the Colorado Review, Guernica, the International Poetry Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Stand, World Literature Today, and The New Yorker. In 2015, she received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Translation. Kercheval has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and well as fellowships from the Radcliffe Research and Study Center at Harvard, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Corporation of Yaddo, and James A. Michener and the Copernicus Society.

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