Contest

 

SRPR Editors' Prize Contest: $1,000

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE SUBMISSIONS!

Deadline: April 15, annually (postmark)

One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners-up will be awarded $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR.

Finalists are read by a prominent outside judge, who also writes an introduction to the winning poem. Recent judges include Juliana Spahr, David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected.

Entry Fee: Our entry fee of $20 includes a one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues). If you already subscribe, then we will extend your subscription.

Guidelines:

We accept simultaneous submissions. To withdraw a specific poem or the entire submission notify us by email at contact[AT]srpr[DOT]org.

To Submit Online: Please visit online Submission Manager for the Editors' Prize Contest. You will find full guidelines on the submission page. Also please note that your SRPR issues will be shipped to the shipping address that you will select in PayPal.

**Important note for existing subscribers to SRPR: when you are at the PayPal checkout page, please provide the same email id that you have used with us in the past. This will help to update your existing account with us without creating duplicate account. If you are not sure which email id you have registered with SRPR, then please email us with your postal address details and we will reply back with your email id.

To Submit by Postal Mail : Submit two copies of up to three unpublished poems, maximum of ten pages total. Name, address, email and phone number of poet should appear on each page of one copy only; the other copy must be free of all identifying information. Entries must be unpublished and will not be returned. Please check our website in August for announcement of winners.

To enter the contest, please send your entry, along with your check (made out to SRPR) to:

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review)
4241 Publications Unit
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4241

SRPR Editors' Prize 2014 Contest Results


Congratulations to the winners of this year's SRPR Editors' Prize Contest, selected by Joshua Corey!

We received a record number of submissions, and thank everyone who entered; it was our pleasure to read such a wide variety of truly excellent poems.

Emma Bolden , our first-place winner, will receive $1000, an introduction written by Corey, and an invitation to read at this year's annual SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series, to be held in Bloomington, Illinois, in April 2015.

Stay tuned for the publication of these poems, along with several finalists, in our Winter 2014 issue, due out in mid-December:

Winner: Emma Bolden, "It was no more predictable"

First Runner Up: Jonathan Soen, "Fragments from a Book"

Second Runner Up: Lynne Knight, "The Gospel of Infinity"

Honorable Mention: Emma Bolden, "My little apparition, my little ghost"

Honorable Mention: Kathryn A Hindenlang, "This is the Nature"

Honorable Mention: Tori Grant Welhouse, "mor/bid"

Honorable Mention: Carine Topal, "Bone Jar: The Oven {An Elegy}"

Honorable Mention, Lynne Knight, "Sex"

Past Contest Winners


A more detailed list of past winners, runners up and honorable mentions are available here.

38.2 Jesse Nissim, "Fire," chosen by Juliana Spahr

37.2 William Stobb, "A Moment for Authentic Shine," chosen by David Baker

36.2 Jennie Ray, "Chapter VII: When You Stand in Front of the Coffeed Moths," chosen by C.S. Giscombe

35.2 Nancy Pearson, "Abrams Creek," chosen by Jeanne Marie Beaumont