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SRPR Editors' Prize Contest 2016

Spoon River Poetry Review is pleased to remind all the poets of our annual Editors' Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Further guidelines are available at the contest page.

The SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series 2016

Time: Thursday, April 21st 7-9PM
Venue: Ewing Manor, Bloomington

This event features readings by Joanne Diaz, Roger Reeves, and the 2015 Editors' Prize Winner, Julie Marie Wade. The reading is followed by a reception with FREE wine and appetizers! FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Donations are welcome, but not required. Spread the word, and bring a friend! For more information about the event or accommodations, contact SRPR at contact@srpr.org or editors@srpr.org.

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Issue 40.2 is Here!

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Winter 2015 issue (40.2) features poem by Julie Marie Wade, the winner of 2015 Editors' Prize Contest, and the works of the two runners-up and four honorable mentions.  Also, we are excited to share with our readers new works by Roger Reeves, the SRPR Illinois Poet of this issue, and the review essay by Jerry Harp. Cover art by Jason Reblando.  Table of Contents.


For nearly 40 years, SRPR has published the best of a wide range of contemporary poems in English and in translation. While you'll find many well-established poets in SRPR, we are always on the lookout for strong emerging writers, and delight in being the first to publish vibrant new voices. Each biannual issue of SRPR publishes dozens of new poems by contemporary poets from around the world; 10-12 pages of poetry by a featured poet with an Illinois connection; an in-depth interview with our featured poet; and a substantial, critically-informed review essay on new books of contemporary poetry.

Have fun browsing our website, where you can read selected poems from current and past issues as well as excerpts from SRPR Interviews and SRPR Review Essays. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and be sure to visit us on Facebook for SRPR news, event listings, and more. On our blog you'll find discussions on SRPR's poetics (that we call poetics of emplacement) forwarded by a diverse range of poets, scholars and/or critics. Also, on the blog you will find photos and audio recordings from the 2013 inaugural Lucia Getsi Reading Series.

Our regular reading period is between 9/15 and 2/15 annually; you can read about our guidelines here. And don't forget to check back in August, when we'll announce the winners of our Editors' Prize Contest!