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Four Omnidawn Postal & Online Poetry Contests 2016 – 2017:

        Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest—$1,000 (Aug 1–Oct 17, 2016) click here

        Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest)—$3,000 (Nov 1–Dec 31, 2016)

        Poetry Chapbook Contest—$1,000 (Feb 1–Mar 31, 2017)

        First/Second Book Poetry Contest—$3,000 (May 1–Jun 30, 2017)

           For information about Omnidawn's 2016 Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest click here: http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction/

 

For the Single Poem Broadside Poetry Competition 2016 click here

 

Information on Omnidawn's Book & Chapbook Competitions is Immediately Below

Essential Information

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book and chapbook contests wins an immediate cash prize as indicated above for each poetry competition, publication of the book by Omnidawn with a full color cover (unless the author prefers black and white), 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity. Large display ads will appear in Boston Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications. Our winning books are highly regarded in the book publishing and academic worlds, and our extensive publicity results in increased exposure and readership and reviews in major print and online publications. Winning books have been reviewed in major print publications including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Colorado Review, Boston Review, Kenyan Review, The Huffington Post, American Book Review, and major online publications including The Volta, Constant Critic, The Rumpus, Verse, Jacket2, and The Drunken Boat, and all winning books that have been published for at least one year have been adopted as texts for college classes. We encourage, but do not require, prize winners of the poetry competitions to submit their subsequent manuscripts to Omnidawn for publication, and several of our eighteen prize winning poets have done so. Prize winners with current or upcoming full-length second Omnidawn books include Michelle Taransky (2008 First/Second Book Contest), Zach Savich (2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest), Kelli Anne Noftle (2010 First/Second Book Contest), kate pringle (2011 First Book Contest), and Angela Hume (2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest).

Guidelines That Are the Same for All Three Book Contests. All three Omnidawn poetry book competitions have very similar guidelines and submission procedures. The guidelines and requirements that are the same for all contests are as follows:

  1. Omnidawn poetry editors seek a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, diversities, and aesthetics to send to the judge (for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, etc.).
  2. There are no citizenship requirements or limitations. Postal and online submissions are accepted from around the world.
  3. Manuscripts must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
  4. Manuscript submissions for all contests 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 the manuscript.)
  5. Manuscripts 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 web site.
  6. Simultaneous submissions to other contests and multiple submissions to this or other Omnidawn contests are perfectly acceptable. Please send us an email to let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  7. If you are submitting a poetry manuscript that includes photographs or other graphic images please request additional guidelines by sending an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com.
  8. All contests are blind, so if you use your name in your poetry please request additional guidelines for using a pseudonym by sending an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com. (You can submit manuscripts that contain identifying information, but please be aware that such information will be removed from manuscripts before they are passed on to our editors who select manuscripts to be sent to the judge.)
  9. Revisions are not allowed to a manuscript after it has been submitted to the contest. However, the winning poet will have time to revise the manuscript before publication.
  10. NOT ELIGIBLE are translations; collaborations by more than one author; students, colleagues, or close friends of the judge; Omnidawn past and present staff and interns; authors of books Omnidawn has published, and winners of previous Omnidawn BOOK contests. Winners of Omnidawn's Broadside Contest are still eligible to enter and win Omnidawn BOOK contests.

Errors in Your Submission. If our staff find a serious error in your entry (your manuscript file won't open, is unreadable, or is missing pages, your credit card info is incorrect or your payment is missing, etc.) we will contact you to obtain a correction at no cost to you, so your error will not disqualify you. Nor will a few smaller errors in your manuscript, including spelling, punctuation, formatting, or typographic errors, reduce your chances of winning. (We fully understand that such errors sometimes occur for everyone, and that these can be easily corrected later.)

Differences Between the Three Book Contests. The only differences between the three book contests are the contest dates, the judge, the dollar amount of the prize, the reading fee, the manuscript page limit, an optional Omnidawn book offer, and for one contest only, the First/Second Poetry Book Contest, a limit on the number of previously published full-size poetry books by a submitting poet. These differences are described immediately below, under the "Current Contest" and "Upcoming Contests" headings.

 

Current Contest

2016 First/Second Poetry Book ($3,000 & Publication)     May 1–July 18, 2016                          Judge: Cathy Park Hong

          (Note: This contest's deadline has been extended to July 18, 2016.)

This contest is open to writers who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet's first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.) Submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-70 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Cathy Park Hong, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between May 1 and July 18, 2016 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Reading fee is $27. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any current Omnidawn book (including 4 PEN USA winning books). A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at www.omnidawn.com/products-page (Established in 2008, this was Omnidawn's first book contest.) The 2016 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in December 2016, and we expect to publish the winning book in October 2017. To view details below about previous winners of the First/Second Book Contest click here.

All the essential information for the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest is contained in the above paragraphs. You can now enter a manuscript, or if you are not ready to enter, you can choose to receive alerts about upcoming contest deadlines immediately below.

 

IF YOU ARE READY TO ENTER you have three options:

  1. If you want to read helpful additional details below, which are virtually identical for all Omnidawn poetry book contests, and then go to the postal or online submission procedures, you can: Click here for helpful additional details and submission procedures.
  2. OR, you can go directly to the concise POSTAL submission procedure below by clicking here.
  3. OR, you can go directly to the concise ONLINE submission procedure on the submission web page by clicking here, or paste the following link into your browser:     www.omnidawn.net

 

OR, IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO ENTER but would like to receive alerts about upcoming contest deadlines (and, if you choose, other Omnidawn emails), you can: Click here to add yourself to our mailing list. (Your email address will not be shared with anyone, and you can easily remove yourself from the mailing list at any time.)

 

Upcoming Book Contests

Omnidawn Open ($3,000 & Publication)      November 1, 2016–December 31, 2016      Judge: Terrence Hayes

For all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-80 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Terrence Hayes, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between November 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $27. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any Omnidawn book (including 4 PEN USA winning books). A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at www.omnidawn.com/products-page. The 2016 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in June 2017, and we expect to publish the winning book in April 2018. To view details below about previous winners of the Omnidawn Open click here. If you would like to receive information about upcoming deadlines (and, if you choose, other Omnidawn emails), you can click here to add yourself to our mailing list. (Your email address will not be shared with anyone, and you can easily remove yourself from the mailing list at any time.) OR, click here for helpful additional details and submission procedures below that are virtually identical for all Omnidawn Contests.

2017 Poetry Chapbook Contest ($1,000 & Publication)     February 1–March 31, 2017            Judge: Tyrone Williams

Open to all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Keep in mind that this is intended to fit in a 5.5 x 7 inch published chapbook of approximately 60 pages or less, although you can submit on standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages, and we will format to fit the smaller size.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Tyrone Williams, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between February 1 and March 31, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $18. For $2 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning chapbook or any current Omnidawn chapbook. A complete list of all current Omnidawn chapbook titles is available at http://www.omnidawn.com/products-page/chapbooks/. The 2017 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in September 2017, and we expect to publish the winning chapbook in October 2018. To view details below about previous winners of the Poetry Chapbook Contest click here. If you would like to receive information about upcoming deadlines (and, if you choose, other Omnidawn emails), you can click here to add yourself to our mailing list. (Your email address will not be shared with anyone, and you can easily remove yourself from the mailing list at any time.) OR, click here for helpful additional details and submission procedures below that are virtually identical for all Omnidawn Poetry Contests.

 

 

Additional Details for All Omnidawn Poetry Book Contests

We suggest you read at least the bold type in the directions below. Reading the non-bold type is optional.

The additional details below apply to the current Omnidawn First/Second Book Contest and the upcoming Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest) so if you are only interested in these contests you do not need to read the remainder of this paragraph. If you are interested in the upcoming Poetry Chapbook Contest there will be a difference in the reading fees and optional book offer as follows: For the current Omnidawn First/Second Book Contest and the upcoming Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest) the reading fee is $27, and if you have or can provide a U.S. mailing address, for an additional $3 for shipping cost (a total of $30) you can choose to receive the winning book or any Omnidawn book of your choice. For the upcoming Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest the reading fee will be $18, and if you have or can provide a U.S. mailing address, for an additional $2 for shipping cost (a total of $20) you can choose to receive the winning CHAPBOOK or any Omnidawn CHAPBOOK of your choice. All other details below are identical for all three Omnidawn poetry book contests.

 

The Most Important Requirements

Note that if we find any significant problem with your manuscript (your manuscript file is incomplete or won’t open, important information is missing, or any other significant problem) we will contact you so that you have every opportunity to correct the issue at no charge to you. Smaller errors or deficiencies in your manuscript, including spelling, punctuation, formatting, typographical errors, or coffee stains will not disqualify you from the competition, nor will a few small errors reduce your chances of winning. (We fully understand that such errors sometimes occur for everyone, and that these can be easily corrected later.) The only really critical requirements are to:

  1. Check the eligibility requirements (described in the first section at the top of this web page titled "Essential Information for All Three Poetry Book Contests" and the paragraph for specific contests in the "Current Contest" or "Upcoming Contests" sections, also at the top of this web page).
  2. Make sure that you are fully satisfied with your manuscript (because revisions are not allowed during the contest).
  3. Submit your entry by the deadline.
  4. When submitting make sure that you have provided correct contact information so that we can reach you approximately 3 to 4 months after the contest closes. We urge you to include various means of contacting you, including as many phone numbers, email addresses, and postal addresses as you like. We will use all of these to contact you if necessary, but if we cannot reach you within a three week period, we will be unable to award you the prize. (If you like, you can provide alternate contact info such as additional phone numbers, Email addresses, and postal addresses. For online entries these can be added to the "Comments" field. For postal entries these can be added to the title page along with your primary contact information.)
  5. If you provide an Email address (optional for postal entries, required for online entries) we will send you an Email to confirm we have received your entry, and for entries submitted online we will also check your contact information and your manuscript file and send you the last few lines of your manuscript so you know your manuscript has been received completely, and so you can resolve the problem at no cost to you if it has not. Additional details about these verification Emails are contained below in item number 14 of the online submission procedure and item number 6 of the postal submission procedure.

 

How We Judge: Identifying Info is Removed, Then Manuscripts are Read by Two Editors

Omnidawn abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics. The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our staff, editors, or judges; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Any identifying information, including acknowledgements, will be removed from all manuscripts before they are sent to the editors who choose the semi-finalists to be sent to the judge. (If your name is an integral part of your poetry, please send an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com to request guidelines for using a pseudonym in your manuscript. All manuscripts will be given a number to associate them with the contact information of their submitters. Any Omnidawn staff members who make contact with the entrants or who remove the identifying information from manuscripts are NOT involved in the reading or selection of manuscripts.

All manuscripts will then be read by at least two different Poetry Editors. Only Omnidawn's Senior Poetry Editor, Managing Poetry Editor, and Poetry Editors will read submissions. (All Omnidawn Poetry Editors who read and select manuscripts to be sent to the judge are professional paid staff with MFA degrees in poetry. Interns and volunteers are not involved in the selection process.) These editors will not have access to the identities of the submitters. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if an editor believes that he/she recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The editors then meet as a group to select the semi-finalists to be sent to the judge. If the judge wishes to see additional manuscripts, she or he may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge are not eligible to compete. Past or present Omnidawn staff and interns and authors previously published by Omnidawn are also not eligible to compete. The judge is not allowed to choose manuscripts that present a conflict of interest.

 

How and When We Announce the Winner and Finalists

Approximately five months after the contest ends, the judge selects the winner and five finalists (with no ranking of the finalists) and informs the Omnidawn staff, who then verify that the winner or finalists are not students, colleagues, or close friends of the judge. Omnidawn then notifies the winner and verifies that the requirements of the contest have been met. If so, a standard book contract is immediately mailed to the winner, and the finalists are also notified. When Omnidawn receives the signed contract back from the winner, a check for the full prize money is immediately mailed to the winner. As stated in the contract, the prize money ($3,000 for the Open Book Prize and First/Second Book Prize, or $1,000 for the Chapbook Prize) covers the royalties on the first 1,500 copies, with royalties of twenty percent of Omnidawn's net receipts for sales of the book thereafter; the copyright will be registered in the name of the winning author; and all rights revert to the winning author if Omnidawn lets the book go out of print. At this point the winner and finalists are publicly announced in emails to all entrants who provided an email address, on the www.omnidawn.com web site, on social media, and large display ads are purchased announcing the winner and finalists in upcoming issues of Poets & Writers Magazine, Boston Review, and Rain Taxi Review of Books. The process of designing and producing the winning book, which usually takes about six months, starts immediately.

 

Two Submission Options

Option 1: Submit on our secure web site. (Most submissions are via our online submission web site. This is usually the easiest way to submit.)

Option 2: Submit via postal mail.

Procedures for each of these options are listed in detail below.

 

Option 1: Procedure to submit on our secure online submission web site.

We suggest you read at least the bold type in the directions below. Reading the non-bold type is optional.

  1. If you have any questions send an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com or telephone our toll free number (800) 792-4957. Normally, if we can’t take your call immediately, we can usually call you back within 30 minutes.
  2. If you experience a problem submitting online, there is a section at the end of this online submission procedure to help you resolve the problem. Only about one to two percent of our online entrants experience a problem submitting, and these procedures will fix the two common problems of which we are aware.
  3. You will find the link to direct you to the submissions web page at the end of this procedure.
  4. Since you provide contact information on our web site, a page within your manuscript with contact information is OPTIONAL. We prefer that you not include a bio, acknowledgements page, cover letter, or headers or footers that include your name, but you will not be disqualified for including such info. Please note that all identifying information, including acknowledgements, will be removed from the copy of the manuscript file that is sent to Omnidawn editors who read manuscripts and to the judge.
  5. You will be able to upload your manuscript on the submissions page. Manuscripts must be sent in one file, not multiple files. Manuscripts must be in PDF, RTF, or Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX format only. Files without a .pdf, rtf, .doc, or .docx extension cannot be uploaded. Most word processing programs can save files as .RTF (Rich Text Format) by going to FILE—SAVE AS, and then choosing RTF (Rich Text Format) in the FORMAT drop-down box. If you submit a PDF file, please be sure to remove your contact information including any acknowledgements from your manuscript file, since it is more difficult for us to remove this information from PDF files than from other file types.
  6. If your manuscript is larger than 1 MB (one megabyte) please contact us and let us know how big your manuscript is in megabytes (MB). Less than one percent of the manuscripts we receive exceed the default limit of 1 MB, but we can temporarily adjust the size limitation to usually allow uploads of files up to 10 MB (ten megabytes), but files over 10 MB usually do not upload successfully no matter what we do. Usually only manuscripts with photographs or graphic images become this large, but sometimes PDF files of text only manuscripts become very large for no apparent reason. If your manuscript is over 10MB, you can often reduce the size by reducing the resolution of any photographs or graphic images contained in the file. If you cannot reduce the size of your file below 10MB, we suggest you submit such manuscripts via postal mail. If you attempt to submit a file that is larger than one megabyte, all the information in the fields you have completed will usually go blank. If this happens please contact us.
  7. If you HAVE previously entered an Omnidawn contest, either online or via postal mail, you probably already have an account, and you will not be able to create another account using the same Email address. However, you will be able to logon to that account using that Email address. When you go to the secure online submissions page you can log in using the box on the upper left by entering your Email address and your password. If you don’t have your password, click “need help” below the login button, and you can have a new password sent to your Email address, or you can Email or phone us and we can give you a new password. Once you are logged in you can click “submit your work” in the new box on your left, which will take you to a secure web page to submit a new manuscript and enter credit card information. (Contact information is retained in our database, but credit card numbers are not.)
  8. If you HAVE NOT previously entered an Omnidawn contest, when you go to our secure online submission page, you will be asked to enter your credit card billing and contact information, the title of your manuscript, and an 8-12 character password of your choice. (Contact information is retained in our database, but credit card numbers are not.)
  9. If you use a pen name, or if the poet’s name differs from the name on the credit card, or if you are submitting for someone else, please list the pen name or poet’s name in the writer name field, and put your credit card billing name and information in the other fields. 
  10. For this book competition, in the “genre” field you can use the up-down arrow keys to choose one of three options:
    (1) You can choose to pay just the reading fee of $18 to receive NO Omnidawn CHAPBOOK. (This is the default, so if you do not use the drop-down arrow keys for this field, this is the choice you will make.)
    Or, if you have a U.S mailing address (or can provide a U.S. mailing address in the comments field), you can choose to pay $20 ($2 extra for shipping cost) to receive:
    (2) This contest's winning CHAPBOOK, or (If you choose this option the winning book will be mailed to you when it is published approximately one year after you enter.)
    (3) Any currently available Omnidawn CHAPBOOK of your choice. If you choose this option, be sure to enter the name of the CHAPBOOK you have chosen in the “comments” field at the bottom of the online submissions page. A complete list of all current Omnidawn CHAPBOOKS is available at www.omnidawn.com/products-page/chapbooks. If you choose a book from our catalog, you should receive it within two weeks after your entry has been received. If you forget to specify a book in the “comments” field, we will send you an Email to request your choice of CHAPBOOK. You can also send an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com to let us know your choice, or if you want to change your selection from the winning CHAPBOOK to your choice of CHAPBOOK, or vice versa.
  11. Please DO use the “comments” field at the bottom of the online submissions page to provide any other information you would like us to know such as alternate phone numbers, Email addresses, or mailing addresses, and to provide feedback about your experience submitting to this contest. We are always trying to simplify and improve the submissions process, so your feedback will be very helpful to us. Note that any personal publication history is irrelevant here because these comments will only be read by staff who are NOT involved in the selection process.
  12. If you want to submit additional work, update your contact info or password, or view your submissions you can login at the end of this process or in the future using the Email address and password you entered so that you will not need to complete contact information again. Note that the "status" field of your entry will first indicate "received," and then later, often after the contest has closed, will change to "1st forward," "2nd forward," etc. as your manuscript is forwarded between readers, but this does not indicate anything more than that it is being read by various editors.
  13. When you have successfully finished submitting your entry online you will immediately receive an automatic Email confirmation from our Submission Manager program, and within three days a staff member will also open your account, check your contact info, open your manuscript file, and send you a second email which contains the last lines of your manuscript so you know your entry has been completely received, and so you can resolve the problem at no cost to you if it has not. If you do not receive the first automatic Email immediately after you submit, or the second Email containing the last few lines of your manuscript within three days of submitting, something may be wrong, and we strongly suggest you contact us by sending an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com or by telephoning our toll free number, (800) 792-4957.

       If you experience a problem submitting online

About one to two percent of our online entrants experience a problem with their online submission. Below are the two problems of which we are aware and the ways to resolve them. (I you discover a new problem, please let us know so we can post it here, hopefully with a solution.)

  1. If when you click "Submit" all the fields you have completed go blank this probably means your manuscript is larger than the 1 megabyte default maximum size. If so you can all us at (800) 792-4957 or email us at submissions@omnidawn.com so we can temporarily increase the maximum file size to allow you to submit your file. (Most manuscripts are 100 Kb or less, about one tenth of a megabyte, and fewer than one percent of submitted files exceed 1 megabyte. We have requested that the program designer create an error message to let you know that this is what has caused the problem, but this has not yet been added.
  2. If when you click “Continue” you receive a message that your your credit card is NOT accepted (usually because of a typo) your contact information and manuscript still will have been uploaded to our database so that we have everything we need except your payment. You can resolve this issue in one of two ways. (If this happens we will also send you the following instructions in an Email):
    (A) Mail a check for the reading fee to the address at the bottom of this web page. Please write your email address and the title of your manuscript on your check (or money order, which is also acceptable). We will send you an email confirming that your manuscript has been entered into the contest when your check arrives.
    OR
    (B) Enter your credit card info again by going to www.omnidawn.net and using the box on the left to log in using the email address and password you just entered. A screen will appear displaying the contact info you have entered with a record showing the entry you just submitted. In the second field of that record click on the words “pay now” and a secure screen will appear so that you can enter your credit card information again. If successful you will receive an immediate notification of success and an email stating that your submission has been entered into the contest. If your credit card still does not work you can still use option (A) above by mailing a check.

 

         To go to the ONLINE contest submission web page and its concise procedures click here, or paste the following link into your browser:     www.omnidawn.net

 

Option 2: Procedure to submit via postal mail

We suggest you read at least the bold type in the directions below. Reading the non-bold type is optional.

If you have any questions send an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com or telephone our toll free number (800) 792-4957. Normally, if we can’t take your call immediately, we can usually call you back within 30 minutes.

Please DO NOT send Fed Ex, UPS, or signature required US Post Office envelopes. The post office often has difficulty obtaining a signature at our offices, and there is a high likelihood such envelopes will be returned to you.

Note that if you send a cover letter, acknowledgements, or bio these will be removed before your manuscript is read.

Please enclose the following:

1. One title page with your name, contact information, and if this is your first Omnidawn contest, please also tell us where you learned about our contest (to the best of your recollection). Please include your mailing address, phone number, and Email address if you have one. (Alternate contact info, such as additional phone numbers, Email addresses, or mailing addresses can also be added here if you like.) This title page with contact info can be at the front or, so you don’t have to repaginate, at the back of your manuscript

2. One title page with manuscript title only and nothing else.

3. Your poetry manuscript.

4. For this book contest, include a check or money order made out to OMNIDAWN for the reading fee of either $27 or $30.

Enclose $27 if you choose to receive NO BOOK

OR,

if you have a U.S mailing address (or can provide a U.S. mailing address), you can enclose $30 ($3 extra for shipping cost) to receive your choice of any currently available Omnidawn book. If you choose to pay $30 to receive a book, please use the title page that has your contact info to write your choice of book or to write “send this contests winning book.” A complete list of all current Omnidawn books is available at www.omnidawn.com/products-page. If you choose a book from our catalog, you should receive it within two weeks after your entry is received at Omnidawn. If you pay the extra $3 and forget to specify your choice of book we will send you an Email to ask your choice of book, or you can also send an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com to let us know your choice.

5. All manuscripts will be deleted or recycled at the end of the contest. For entries sent by postal mail, please do NOT send an SASE for return of the manuscript.

6. If you provide an Email address with your contact info, within ten days of receiving your entry we will send you an Email to confirm we have received it, so if you mailed your entry via either United States First Class mail or Priority Mail you should receive this verification Email within two weeks of mailing your manuscript. If you have provided us with an Email address and you do not receive this confirmation Email within two weeks, something may be wrong, and we strongly suggest you contact us by sending an Email to submissions@omnidawn.com or by telephoning our toll free number, (800) 792-4957. (Note that if you choose to submit online our turnaround time is much faster, and we will send you two Email notifications of receipt, one automatic Email sent immediately after you submit online, and a second Email from a member of our staff within 3 days after you submit, with the last lines of your manuscript so you know your manuscript has been received completely, and so you can fix the problem at no cost to you if it has not.)

7. (Optional) A self-addressed stamped postcard and/or a standard sized SASE. You may, if you choose, include a self-addressed stamped postcard, and we will mail this back to you to verify that your manuscript has been received. You may also enclose a standard size SASE and we will use this to send you information on the winner and finalists when these are determined. If you include an Email address a postcard and/or SASE is usually unnecessary, since you will receive an Email notification of the receipt of your entry and an Email notification of the winners and finalists when they are chosen.

 

Send postal submissions via First Class or Priority Mail to:

Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Contest
Omnidawn Publishing
1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614

 

Previous Winners

 

       Previous Winners — Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Contest

         The 2016 winner will be announced in December 2016.

Jennifer S. Cheng

Winner — 2015 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Prize — Judge: Claudia Rankine

Jennifer S. Cheng — Book Title: House A

          Available October 2016.

Jennifer S. Cheng writes poetry and essay, often at their intersections. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University, and BA from Brown University. She is the author of an image-text chapbook, Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press, 2010), and her writing appears Tin House, Tarpaulin Sky, Web Conjunctions, AGNI, Guernica, Mid-American Review, Black Warrior Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. A US Fulbright Scholar and Kundiman Fellow, she is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Award, the Ann Fields Poetry Award, and Pushcart Prize nominations from The Volta and The Normal School. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she is a founding editor of Drop Leaf Press. Read more at jenniferscheng.com.

The Finalists of the 2014 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Claudia Rankine are (in alphabetical order by last name): Ashley Chambers New York, New York; Soham Patel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Joseph Rios, Clovis, California; Jake Syersak, Tucson, Arizona; Jason Whitmarsh, Seattle,Washington.

 

Margaret Ross

Winner — 2014 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Prize — Judge: Timothy Donnelly

Margaret Ross — Book Title: A Timeshare

 

         ★★★ Publishers Weekly Starred Review ★★★

“Full of ideas, almost giddily aloft on the swells of long sentences, and replete with carefully counterintuitive moments of beauty, Ross’s much-awaited debut poses a frequently thrilling…challenge to older generations’ tastes. Ross sees sometimes-dramatic, sometimes-anodyne sites—such as a bland bedroom, the contours of a war memorial, and an Arctic shore—with an eye that fills in pixelated details, ‘retaining little/ nicks the wind chiseled, kelp lashes/ and shade, distant specks of fish/ the size of flies, foam-laced/ concentric halos.’ But she also explores the depths and the crevasses of inner space: 'Is there no method// to flush out the self that wants/ the others gone? Misgivings drowned, all/ attention held there in the room where time// is wide.’ Ross’s sentences, and sometimes her poems, go on for longer than most young poets can manage: her ambitions and digressions may suggest her onetime teacher Jorie Graham, though a deeper influence is Marianne Moore, whose complex sentence patterns, doubling back, and confounding opponents, Ross (now a Stegner Fellow at Stanford) picks up. And Ross uses those modernist patterns to describe the unsettled lives, the unanswered aches, of her own precarious generation (Ross is in her late 20s), outlining with every implication 'some reach/ in the head the sense is// insufficient to relay.”Publishers Weekly, October 19, 2015

Margaret Ross is the author of a chapbook, Decay Constant, from Catenary Press. Her poems have appeared in Adult, Boston Review, Fence, jubilat and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Fulbright Program and lives in New Haven.

The Finalists of the 2014 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Timothy Donnelly are (in alphabetical order by last name): Daniel Coudriet, Richmond, Virginia; Nik De Dominic, Los Angeles, California; Mike Lala, Brooklyn, New York; Andrew Nance, Athens, Georgia; Caroline Young, Athens, Georgia.

 

Eric Ekstrand

Winner — 2013 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: Donald Revell

Eric Ekstrand — Book Title: Laodicea

 

        ★★★ An Amazon “Hot New Release in Gay and Lesbian Poetry” ★★★

“Ekstrand's debut collection is a slow burn in which poems dance around the idea of apocalypse, both literally and metaphorically….Ekstrand will present a moment or image then shift the lens a fraction to show the side the reader can't quite see….Ekstrand is similar to Frank O'Hara in tone and plainspokenness.”Publishers Weekly, May 4, 2015

Eric Ekstrand was awarded his MFA from University of Houston in May of 2010. He is a former poetry editor at Gulf Coast and his poems have appeared in Bat City, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, jubilat, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship awarded by the Poetry Foundation. He currently teaches writing at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where he lives with his husband Danny.

The Finalists of the 2013 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Donald Revell are (in alphabetical order by last name): Julia Drescher, Austin, Texas; Daniel Poppick, Iowa City, Iowa; Margaret Ross, New York, New York; Steven Toussaint, Auckland, New Zealand; Caroline Young, Athens, Georgia.

 

Robin Clarke

Winner — 2012 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: Brenda Hillman

Robin Clarke — Book Title: Lines the Quarry

“There have been few new poetry books in recent years that have shaken my heart and thrilled my mind like Robin Clarke’s Lines the Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013). It’s a book I turn to so frequently for inspiration that for months now it’s had a permanent place on my desk.”—Meg Shevenock, Kenyan Review, March 14, 2015

“Robin Clarke, too, is interested in how Western industrial development has ravaged modern landscapes and their inhabitants….Clarke writes with a raw and frenetic command of her facts, suggesting a scraped together life in the unforgiving economic climate of the modern day. The book is particularly powerful when it toggles between the family narrative and the horrors of the American corporate machine….This sort of smoking gun evidentiary move is not particularly common in poetry today, but, with poets such as Clarke infusing outrage with subtlety and compelling semantic slippage, we could use more of it”—Natalaie Shapero, Boston Review, March/April, 2015

Robin Clarke is a poet, activist and teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has lived most of her life. She is a non-tenure-track faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Conduit, Counterpunch, Fence, In Posse Review, A Joint Called Pauline, LABOR, Lafovea, Sentence, Whiskey and Fox, and word for/word. With the poet Sten Carlson, she has co-authored a chapbook entitled Lives of the Czars.

The Finalists of the 2012 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Brenda Hillman are (in alphabetical order by last name): Jaime Brunton, Lincoln, Nebraska; Meg Day, Salt Lake City, Utah; Endi Bogue Hartigan, Portland, Oregon; Brandon Kreitler, Brooklyn, New York; and Daniel Poppick, Iowa City, Iowa

 

Kathryn Pringle

Winner — 2011 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: C.D. Wright

kathryn l. pringle — Book Title: fault tree

“a wholly original voice. There is nothing quite like it in all of contemporary poetry. fault tree represents a new kind of political poetry. A Catch-22 illogic runs through this poem; in fact it permeates the entire narrative”—Dean Rader, Huffington Post, January 17, 2013

“As the winner of the 2011 Omnidawn First/Second Book Contest, Kathryn L. Pringle follows her 2009 release, Right New Biology (Factory School), with a haunting collection of poems that examines relationship and memory through the interrupted voice of a vulnerable soldier while evaluating science and applying logic and illogic to the passage of time. Pringle begins the collection by introducing theories of Einstein and defining fault tree analysis (FTA), in which Boolean logic is used to analyze engineering, safety, and—€”in Pringle€'s case—the scientific ticking of the clock….By examining the mechanics of time and our lack of manipulation over its passage, Pringle reveals the mental struggle of losing one's self in the moment, in the inability to freeze-frame the here and now….Despite their seemingly esoteric philosophies of science, space, and time, these poems are inviting and accessible for their simple diction, precise imagery, and equal weight of words to space—€”each line'€™s half-breath allows a simple pause before evaporating into the next moment….Because she has arranged most of her poems in a series of quick single lines, Pringle'€™s occasional use of more expected forms catches both the reader'€™s and the speaker'€™s attention….Pringle examines what we all want to know: what is time and where does it go.”—Lori A. May, Colorado Review, Issue 40.1, Spring 2013

“Here comes kathryn l. pringle’s dizzying, suffocating, brilliant fault tree, and here I go again after it into awed uncertainty, a dream-like confusion— “the moment was like falling asleep. Sometimes I think I am asleep. But for the sleep’s duration…”—at once conspiratorial and blaring.”—Christopher Schaeffer, The Volta,

Poet kathryn l. pringle lives in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She is the author of one previous book of poetry, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School) and two chapbooks, The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper and Felicity are lovers (TAXT). Her work can also be found in the anthology Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (Conversations at the Wartime Cafe Press/WODV Press) and in the forthcoming anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues). She is currently writing a novel about place. Her third full-length poetry book, Obsenity for the Advancement of Poetry will be published by Omnidawn in the spring of 2017.

The Finalists of the 2011 First/Second Book Competition chosen by C.D. Wright (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Jill Darling, Mount Clemens, Michigan; Leora Fridman, Florence, Massachusetts; Eryn Green, Denver, Colorado; Jane Gregory, Berkeley, California; and Soham Patel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Kelli Anne Noftle

Winner — 2010 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: Rae Armantrout

Kelli Anne Noftle — Book Title: I Was There for Your Somniloquy

“Noftle’s first book of poems…launches with a slimy sequence about sea slugs....Her surreal, luscious language evokes the sexy ooze and play of underwater invertebrates....Throughout, parasomnia (disruptive sleep behaviors) and somniloquy (sleep talking) are used as metaphors for consciousness and perhaps to shroud disturbing autobiographic details. Attempting to invoke a sleep/wake state known as hypnagogia, the poet simultaneously remembers and forgets the trauma of the primal scene....lovers of contemporary poetry may want to investigate.” —Ellen Kaufman, Library Journal, May 1, 2012

“Like our globe, Kelli Anne Noftle’s book, I Was There for Your Somniloquy, is seventy percent ocean. The poems are submersibles which give us a glimpse of an alien world. It is not the cold, descriptive view of the scientist, but more the view of the visitor to an aquarium who can only see the creatures in the tanks through her own reflection in the glass.” —Frank Montesonti, Jacket2, October 1, 2013

“Many of the individual pieces in I Was There for Your Somniloquy concern themselves with two sets of phenomena: hypnagogia, or the transition state between sleeping and wakefulness, and the behavior and taxonomy of deep sea Nudibranchs, or sea slugs. The book takes its title from the somniloquy, or the act of talking while asleep, an act that converts the private phenomena of the unconscious into a form of exchange. Across three sections of this book—‘Somnus,’ ‘Somnambulist,’ and ‘Hypersomnia’—Noftle’s poems dwell in a space of uncertain wakefulness, and seem interested more in the fissures and omissions of their object of study than in making the map cohere within a single line of vision.” —Julia Bloch, The Volta, March 1, 2014

Kelli Anne Noftle is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Journal, VERSE, Blackbird, and Harvard Summer Review, among others. Her second full-length poetry book, Adam Cannot Be Adam, will be published by Omnidawn in the fall of 2017. She lives in Los Angeles and is the singer/songwriter for her band, Miniature Soap.

The Finalists of the 2010 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Rae Armantrout (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Jane Gregory, Berkeley, California; Lily Ladewig, Brooklyn, New York; Juliana Leslie, Santa Cruz, California; John Myers, Missoula, Montana; and Rob Schlegel, Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Paul Legault

Winner — 2009 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: Ann Lauterbach

Paul Legault — Book Title: The Madeleine Poems

“It’s hard to think about the Madeleine of Paul Legault’s The Madeleine Poems without thinking about Proust’s madeleine cookie in Swan’s Way. Proust’s madeleine serves as a type of wormhole that propels the narrator through time and space to an otherwise irretrievable memory. Legault’s Madeline, however, is more of a vortex, a presence that presides over the collection, which simultaneously gathers and vaporizes the poem’s subject matter, leaving essences, memories, shadows....One finds that many of the poems and or their constituent parts serve as markers or beacons afloat on a tumultuous sea of time....Though the cookie’s presence is wormhole-like (it collapses the time and space between two disparate points into a singularity) and Legault’s Madeleine vortex, panoptic in the manner it enables one to view a cross-section of a continuous present (albeit in a manner which reorganizes and or obliterates the experience from which the poem came), the two share a similar resultant effect: to recreate a 'vast structure of recollection'....While the comparison between Proust and Legault may be, at best, an intellectual exercise, it sheds light on the overall aim of The Madeleine Poems: to recreate an architecture in which mercurial experience can be reconstituted and preserved and in some cases amplified, an aim that is full of pathos, heroism, and beauty.” —Ben Mirov, Jacket2, October 20, 2011

“Such a book is less written than it is composed, creating centers for the music of Legault’s lines, which turn the mundane into a new phonics of meaning. The poems stutter to their rhymes and echo their own language constantly. They justify a new landscape: that is, both adjust and prove. There is a fresh quality to every word anchored on the line, and these moorings cast nets of meaning throughout the poems, stretching around the book like a skin that fits airtight and appears beautifully strange.” —Jordan Reynolds, The Offending Adam, June 15, 2011

Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. When he won the Omnidawn First/Second Book Prize in 2011 for The Madeleine Poems he worked at the Academy of American Poets. Since then he has won the 2011 Fence Modern Poets Series for his book the other poems. In 2012 his book, The Emily Dickinson Reader, a terse English-to-English translation of her poetry, was published by McSweeney’s. He is also a co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books. He received a BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. He is currently the writer-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Finalists of the 2009 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Ann Lauterbach (in alphabetical order by last name) are: James Belflower, Albany, New York; Nik DeDominic, New Orleans, Louisiana; Dot Devota, who lived abroad this summer in Beirut, Lebanon; Jean-Paul Pequeur, New York; and Zach Savich, Northampton, Massachusetts.

 

Michelle Taransky

Winner — 2008 Omnidawn First/Second Poetry Book Prize — Judge: Marjorie Welish

Michelle Taransky — Book Title: Barn Burned, Then

“Taransky reinvigorates the tradition of the avant-garde with this fragmentary and ingenious celebration of immanence, immediacy, and materiality over transcendence, literality, and sentimental reductivism. Barn Burned, Then isn't, by any means, an easy read; nevertheless, one can't fully understand the metaphysical contours of human speech and emotion without reading a superlative work like this one, so gird yourself for the challenge and dive courageously into the fire.” —Seth Abramson, The Huffington Post, April 1, 2012

“Taking up her cudgel and adz against conventional uses of language in poetry, she achieves a perfect splintering that generates multi-factorial images and levels of meaning and the kind of com- pound-eye truth that can be achieved only through the concentrated focus of a thousand perspective…In Barn Burned, Then, images like these are repeated and expanded in later poems into multiple permutations, with the extreme heterogeneity of materials and consequent foregrounding of language being precisely the point. Words like “mother,” “safe,” “weeds,” “frame,” “tender,” “teller,” “fold,” “bank,” “branch,” “burn,” “barn,” and “burglars” repeat in the book like talismans. Subsequent readings morph a “teller” from a person behind a bank window into one who witnesses or “tells” (or “untells”) truths and a “safe” from a noun meaning a bank vault to an ironic adjective in a world where the vagaries of a capitalist economy level bulldoze entire cultures along with their historical structures....But Barn Burned, Then is more than an elegy to the Midwestern farm- ing way of life or even an objectivist treatise on the fallibility of language. It is in the most fundamental sense also an eclogue, poetry that focuses on what is constituent and continuous in nature, on what existed before and will continue to exist after all the barns have been raised and razed....And sometimes, as Taransky shows in this remarkable and sometimes infuriating first book, it becomes possible to fathom a universe from an unflinching examination of its constellations and of each constituent star.” —Rebecca Foust, American Book Review, September—October, 2010

When Michelle Taransky won the 2010 Omnidawn First/Second Book Prize in 2010 for Barn Burned, Then she was the Assistant Director at Kelly Writer’s House and taught at Temple University. She now teaches critical and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and continues to teach poetry workshops at Temple University. In 2013 Omnidawn published her second full-length book of poetry, Sorry Was In The Woods. She received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. With her father, architect Richard Taransky, she is the coauthor of the chapbook The Plans Caution (QUEUE 2007). Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, VOLT, How2, New American Writing, and other publications. She lives in Philadelphia.

The Finalists of the 2008 First/Second Book Competition chosen by Marjorie Welish (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Ethan Saul Bull, Portland, Oregon; Michael Todd Edgerton, Athens, Georgia; Carol Hembree, New Orleans, Louisiana; Brandon Shimoda, Seattle, Washington; and Jordan Windholz, Bronx, New York.

     (First book contests and first/second book contests are easier for new poets because competition from poets with more published books is not allowed.)

 

       Previous Winners — Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest)

          The 2015 winner will be announced in June 2016.

Meredith Stricker

Winner — 2014 Omnidawn Open — Judge: Mary Jo Bang

Meredith Stricker — Book Title: Our Animal

A visual artist and poet working in cross-genre media, Meredith Stricker is the author of Tenderness Shore (National Poetry Series/LSU Press); Alphabet Theater, (performance poetry from Wesleyan University Press) and Mistake (Caketrain Press). She is co-director of visual poetry collaborative, a studio that focuses on architecture in Big Sur and projects to bring together artists, writers, musicians and experimental forms.

The five finalists selected by Mary Jo Bang (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Curtis L. Crisler, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Kit Frick, Brooklyn, New York; Leora Fridman, Berkeley, California; Solomon Rino, Berkeley, California, and Caroline Young, Athens, Georgia.

 

C. Violet Eaton

Winner — 2013 Omnidawn Open — Judge: Forrest Gander

C. Violet Eaton — Book Title: Some Habits

C. Violet Eaton is the editor of Bestoned (a handmade journal of poetry) and RuralHarmonics (a ‘zine), as well as the author of a chapbook, No Outside Force Can Harm the Coyote (Free Poetry, 2014). His work has appeared in Aufgabe, BafterC, Cannibal, Colorado Review, Fence, and the Yalobusha Review, among others. He lives in Arkansas with his wife, the poet Sara Nicholson, on the eastern bluff of the White River. He sells used and rare books.

         ★★★ One of Library Journal's "Top Spring Indie Poetry" Books from Barbara Hoffert ★★★

“Winner of the Omnidawn Open, ­Eaton’s first full-length book presents a series of prose poems cum letters offering physically and emotionally rich meditations from a speaker seeking to connect: ‘I can call us complicit, or I can sit here on the porch and worry on us, hard. Neither thing is there. The hum is there.’ And what a hum. Shunning descriptive excess for the concrete (‘Nimbus borne up, loud like a filament. A jay. Wasp’), this work reads like a Joseph Cornell box come alive.”—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, April 15, 2015

The five finalists selected by Forrest Gander (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Julia Bloch, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jean Donnelly, Exeter, New Hampshire; Jill Magi, New York City, New York; Daniel Poppick, Iowa City, Iowa; and Simone White, Brooklyn, New York.

Endi Hartigan

Winner — 2012 Omnidawn Open — Judge: Cole Swensen

Endi Hartigan — Book Title: Pool  [5 choruses]

“As Hartigan's muscular poems wrestle with interchangeability, so too do their innovative structures challenge its boundaries. Acrobatic and playful, the poems turn back and reflect on themselves, daring readers to consider intention and arbitrariness at once. And yet, the book is wary of the total annihilation of individual meaning: "The slippage that we must avoid is a certain blanketing in which/ the delicacy of perception is lost." Hartigan's poems take simultaneity and expose it: "The news is on, the news is on at the same time as the game, sorry, it's on at the same time, I'm sorry." Individual moments are individual for having been chosen—lifted out of the noise—and Hartigan's poems make the claim that the act of choosing, no matter how choral the result, is of the greatest importance.”—Publishers Weekly, May 19, 2014

Endi Bogue Hartigan's first book, One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008) was selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She published the chapbook out of the flowering ribs in 2012 in collaboration with artist Linda Hutchins, and has recently created work as part of an artist-writer collective, as well as helping curate the Spare Room poetry series. Her poems haves appeared in Verse, Chicago Review, Pleiades, VOLT, Free Verse, Peep/Show, Yew, Jack London is Dead, The Oregonian, and other publications. Endi works for the state university system, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Patrick and their son Jackson.

The five finalists selected by Cole Swensen (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Emily Abendroth, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jenny Drai, Oxnard, California; Craig Dworkin, Salt Lake City, Utah; Brandon Lussier, Hartford, Connecticut; and Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Sarah Gridley

Winner — 2011 Omnidawn Open — Judge: Carl Phillips

Sarah Gridley — Book Title: Loom

“Gridley’s evocative, romantic, three-part collection weaves its own myths and phrases loosely around Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott.’…For Gridley the lady is a poet, a muse, a spirit of history, a symbol of mind itself.…Gridley places short units of spell-like verse, featuring forests and mirrors, tidal spaces…and white space where ‘the imaginary world seems promised here.’”—Publishers Weekly, January 21, 2013

“Gridley's third book of poems (after Green Is the Orator) brims with intelligent, moving poems. The title is apt, as the author weaves delightful facts and observations into a counterpane of beautiful language and ideas.…Throughout, Gridley pays close attention to the natural world and has a unique way of recording it. VERDICT: Turning on unexpected facts so that they frequently surprise and delight the reader, the poems here are full of intelligence and wonder that connect the reader to the natural world.”—Doris Lynch, Library Journal, February 15, 2013

“Gridley’s is a fully breathing poetry that is intimately involved with its allusion. It is quiet and voluminous. It is settled and concise. If you were to consider the Arthurian folktale-ish element of “The Lady of Shallot,” Loom immerses itself in the mystery of the folk. It almost feels lost in this immersion. But because of the tragic figure of Tennyson’s poem, Loom remains poignant and immediate.”—Kent Shaw, The Rumpus, November 1, 2013

“Loom has a magnificent sense of rhythm, one that resonates throughout. Using the Tennyson poem as a stepping-off point, the poems seek out weave and unfurl, carefully working to explore the smallest moments around and between such a well-known Victorian ballad. Despite the occasional urgency, there is a meditative stillness that emerges through Gridley’s lines, quietly demanding an increased attention. Even more than usual, the reader is forced to listen.”—Rob McLennan, Jacket2, March 4, 2014

Sarah Gridley is the author of two previous books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (2005) and Green is the Orator (2010), both from the University of California Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

The five finalists selected by Carl Phillips (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Anne Cecelia Holmes, Northampton, Massachusetts; Jill Darling, Mt. Clemens, Michigan; Matt Reeck, Brooklyn, New York; Nik De Dominic, New Orleans, Louisiana; Trey Moody, Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

       Previous Winners — Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest

          The 2016 winner will be announced in September 2016.

John Liles

Winner — Omnidawn 2015 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Brian Teare

John Liles — Chapbook Title: Following the dog down (Available April 2017)

John Liles is a living mammal, science writer, and poet at work within the interdiscipline. His writing has appeared in inter/rupture, Decomp, Arcadia, and The Gulf Coast Review, and has been selected for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize. His work on nematodes has been included as teaching material in the science writing courses at UCSD. On a good day, he's a dog and don't need to overthink it.

The Finalists of the 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competition chosen by Brian Teare (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Adam Atkinson, Interlochen, Michigan; Matthew Cooperman, Fort Collins, Colorado; Sam Corfman, Chicago, Illinois; Madison Davis, Alameda, California; and Jenny Drai, Bonn, Germany.

 

Dan Rosenberg

Winner — Omnidawn 2014 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Kazim Ali

Dan Rosenberg — Chapbook Title: Thigh's Hollow

Dan Rosenberg is the author of two books, cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015) and The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012), and the co-translator of Miklavž Komelj's Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, 2015). He hold an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from the University of Georgia. A co-editor of Transom, he teaches at Wells College in Aurora, New York.

The Finalists of the 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competition chosen by Kazim Ali (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Erin J. Mullikin, Syracuse, New York; Sho Sugita, Yokote, Japan; Grant Souders, Golden, Colorado; Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Brooklyn, New York; and Ken White, San Diego, California.

 

Sara Deniz Akant

Winner — Omnidawn 2013 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Gillian Conoley

Sara Deniz Akant — Chapbook Title: Parades

“I received Sara Deniz Akant’s Parades (2014) at the perfect time—just days before Halloween. I’m not sure if this was the solid marketing of Omnidawn Publishing, or mere coincidence, but this chapbook will haunt you, not only with images of ghosts speckled from the first page throughout the book but also with remnants of dead white men whose metered verse feels fragmented, torn, and echoing….Essentially, Sara Deniz Akant is reworking what we know of the prose poem in many of these pieces, but much more fragmented, and a lot more caesuraed. Comprehensively, the collection moves from what feels like an establishment of setting, piecing itself together through a collection of character-driven poems marking the dead from abandoned spaces, and turning on itself in dystopian machinery.”—John Bonanni, Cape Cod Poetry Review, October 26,2014

Sara Deniz Akant received a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of a Truman Capote fellowship, a Teaching-Writing fellowship, and named the Provosts' Postgraduate Visiting Writer to the English department. Her work has appeared in Lana Turner, Wag's Revue, Super Arrow, petri press, and The Claudius App, among other journals. Recipient of the John Logan Prize for Poetry and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the James Merrill House, and Yaddo, she grew up in New York City.

The Finalists of the 2013 Poetry Chapbook Competition chosen by Gillian Conoley (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Elizabeth Cross, Falls Church, Virginia; Sarah Heady, San Francisco, California; Pattie McCarthy, Ardmore, Pennsylvania; Mary Molinary, Tucson, Arizona; and Benjamin Sutton, Dublin, Ohio.

Angela Hume

Winner — Omnidawn 2012 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Joseph Lease

Angela Hume — Chapbook Title: The Middle

“If, decades after our extinction, shreds of the documents that recorded what would eventually cause all our deaths survived, these texts might look like the fragments of Angela Hume’s The Middle. In this way, the book becomes both prophetic and deeply enmeshed in the present, as perhaps all true prophecies must be”—Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Poet's Quarterly

“Does it all come back, dear (r), to the poetic line as an imaginary object penetrating nothing, drawing on everything, drawing a possible world on the page? Hume’s fractured, fragmented, and fractal poetics always strike me as a meditation on what can’t be said, a mapping out of absence.”—Oona-Verse

Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of the chapbook Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her poems appear in such journals as Mrs. Maybe, Little Red Leaves, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland Poetry, and Spinning Jenny. Her first full-length poetry book is being published by Omnidawn in spring 2016.

The Finalists of the 2012 Chapbook Competition chosen by Joseph Lease (in alphabetical order by last name) are: John Cross, Pasadena, California; C. Violet Eaton, Fayetteville, Arkansas; HL Hazuka, San Francisco, California; Sara Peck, Charleston, South Carolina, and Matthias Regan, Chicago, Illinois.

Evan Harrison

Winner — Omnidawn 2011 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Ben Lerner

Evan Harrison — Chapbook Title: Sham City

“Sham City is a metropolis of backwards, upside-down and inside-out architecture and society. M. C. Escher would be perfectly at home living there. Funny and fierce, there is nothing false in Harrison's vision.”—Sam Martone, Hayden's Ferry Review

Evan Harrison lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2011, he received an MA in creative writing from The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. His poems have appeared in alice blue, Bat City Review, CutBank, DIAGRAM, Hayden's Ferry Review and otoliths.

The Finalists of the 2011 Chapbook Competition chosen by Ben Lerner (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Brian Foley, Northampton, Massachusetts; Hugo Garcia Manriquez, Oakland, California; Nicholas Gulig, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Megan Pruiett, San Francisco, California; and M. A. Vizsolyi, Brooklyn, New York.

Zack Savich

Winner — Omnidawn 2010 Poetry Chapbook Prize — Judge: Elizabeth Robinson

Zack Savich — Chapbook Title: The Man Who Lost His Head

“This 26-page poem bristles with desire, desire to know the world, but not to allow such knowledge to obscure the experience of being in the world. Savich writes, ‘Hold on to my arm. / You can't metabolize desire, thus, we confuse / it with grace. The scar arrives.’ There is a tender probing to the voice in this poem, a quiet, contemplative stance that records in compressed yet expansive language the happenings of the day as a backdrop for metaphysical inquiry”—Noah Eli Gordon, Rain Taxi Review of Books

Zach Savich is the author of Full Catastrophe Living, winner of the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize, Annulments, winner of the 2010 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and The Firestorm, from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. His full-length poetry book The Orchard Green and Every Color will be published by Omnidawn in 2016.

The Finalists of the 2010 Chapbook Competition chosen by Elizabeth Robinson (in alphabetical order by last name) are: Jackie Clark, Jersey City, New Jersey; Robin Powlesland, Taos, New Mexico; Kate Schapira, Providence, Rhode Island; Shannon Tharp, Seattle, Washington; Erin Wilson, Berkeley, California

 

 

Information on the Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest

This contest does not open until August 1—Check here for submission details after August 1, 2016.

The winner of the Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest wins an immediate cash prize of $1,000, letterpress publication of the broadside by Omnidawn, 50 free copies of the broadside, and publication of the winning poem in the Omniverse online journal. The five finalist poets also have the option to have their finalist poems published in Omniverse.

Guidelines

  1. Omnidawn seeks a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, diversities, and aesthetics to send to the judge (for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, etc.).
  2. There are no citizenship requirements or limitations. Postal and online submissions are accepted from around the world.
  3. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length, with blank lines used as stanza breaks each counting as a line.
  4. Poems must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
  5. Poem submissions for all contests must be original. (If you include quotes from other works in your poem, please be sure they are clearly attributed to the author at the bottom of the poem.
  6. Simultaneous submissions to other contests and multiple submissions to this or other Omnidawn contests are perfectly acceptable. Please send us an email to let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  7. Poems must be previously unpublished in any form. Therefore, poems that have been previously published in print or online web magazines, journals, books (including self-published books) or on a personal web site are ineligible.
  8. Any photographs or other graphic images submitted with the poems will not be considered as part of the poem submission. You can include photographs and graphics in your poem, but because these can cause problems with the high quality letter press printing we will use for the winning broadside photographic or other graphics will not be considered for inclusion in the winning poem.
  9. All contests are blind, so any information in your poem that could identify you, such as your name, will be removed before the poem is passed on to our readers. If you use your name within your poem please substitute a pseudonym and state at the bottom of the poem that this name is a pseudonym that is not your real name.
  10. Revisions are not allowed to a poem after it has been submitted to the contest. The winning poem will be reviewed by our copy editors for spelling and grammatical errors, and the winner will have the opportunity to accept as many or as few of any suggested edits as they choose.
  11. NOT ELIGIBLE are translations; collaborations by more than one author; students, colleagues, or close friends of the judge, Norma Cole; Omnidawn past and present staff and interns; and authors of books or broadsides Omnidawn has published. If you win this contest you are still eligible to enter and win one of Omnidawn's book contests.
  12. The entry fee is $10 for the first poem and $5 for each additional poem. The web site for online submissions can accept up to 5 poems at $10 for the first poem and $5 for each additional poem. If you wish to submit more than 5 poems please enter via postal mail or send an email to submissions@omnidawn.com and tell us how many poems you would like to submit and we will send a return email with instructions on how to do this.
  13. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between August 1 and October 17, 2016 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
  14. The 2016 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in April 2017, and we expect to publish the winning poem in April 2017.

Errors in Your Submission. If our staff find a serious error in your entry (your manuscript file won't open, is unreadable, your credit card info is incorrect or your payment is missing, etc.) we will contact you to obtain a correction at no cost to you, so your error will not disqualify you. Nor will a few smaller errors in your manuscript, including spelling, punctuation, formatting, or typographic errors, reduce your chances of winning. (We fully understand that such errors sometimes occur for everyone, and that these can be easily corrected later.)

You can enter one or more poems from August 1 to October 17, 2016. On August 1, 2016 we will have details here on how to enter this contest.

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