book contest for women poets in Oregon: Calyx
- Now accepting manuscripts for Sarah Lantz Memorial Poetry Book Prize
The first CALYX Books Poetry Book Prize in memory of Oregon Poet Sarah Lantz will accept unpublished book-length poetry manuscripts for consideration from Oregon women poets. The submission period has now been extended from SEPTEMBER 1-NOVEMBER 20, 2009.
Send a complete unpublished book manuscript (60-125 pages) with biographical data and a $25 entry fee (payable in check or money order) to CALYX Poetry Book Prize, PO Box B, Corvallis, OR 97339.
Manuscripts will be read blind--do not put your name and address on any pages, only on a separate cover letter. Final judge for the poetry book contest will be Colleen J. McElroy. CALYX editors will read and select up to 10-15 finalists to send to the final judge who will select the prize-winning manuscript. It is possible the judge could decide not to select a winner. The winning manuscript will be announced in February 2010.
Prize: The winner will receive a CALYX Books contract for publication of the manuscript in Fall 2010 and a $500 award.
Sarah Lantz was an Oregon poet whose first book, Far Beyond Ttiage, was published in October 2007 by CALYX Books. Sadly Sarah died from a brain tumor one month before its publication. CALYX editors worked closely with her through her illness to ensure her happiness with the final design of her book.
Sarah Lantz was published by CALYX Journal, The Denver Quarterly, The Marlboro Review, Paris Atlantic, Manzanita Quarterly, and Sister Stew, among others. A secondary school teacher, she also taught Poetry in the Schools in Oregon (through Literary Arts) and in Hawaii (through an NEA grant). She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College and was a member of the Pearl Poets (Portland, OR). She was a featured poet on NPR’s Morning Edition for her translations of Nushu, an ancient form of poetry created by women in Hunan, China, to record their autobiographies.
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