Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2017 (postmark or online submission date)
Final Judge: Major Jackson
The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith, and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, and publication of a chapbook. Hill-Stead began partnering with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook in 2013.
The Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Results announced in winter 2017.
Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents and an acknowledgements page (if applicable). There is no mandatory page count, but we suggest in the area of 20 to 36 pages. All manuscripts will be read and considered with full respect, regardless of length, and no manuscript will be rejected simply because it's shorter or longer. We encourage online submission via our Submittable system. You may also submit via postal mail:
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
P.O. Box 1767
North Adams, MA 01247
For mailed manuscripts, request notification of receipt by including a SASP. For notification of the winner, enclose a SASE. Manuscripts will not be returned.
A reading fee of $25 payable by check to Tupelo Press or via Submittable must accompany each submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, each accompanied by a $25 reading fee.
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Please enjoy this selection by Suzanne Parker, author of Feed (Tupelo Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize:
Small Oranges on a Platter
by Suzanne Parker
You do not need to say desire–
laid out in daylight
on a sideboard
as if there
they will be harmless
as if peel stripped
won't leave a scent
beneath the nails as if,
later, you will not
raise your fingers,
think of separating
the body, section
by section. Use
the word swallow.
Notice the lips' position–
in the middle,
how they open.