JOHNSON – The Sundog Poetry Book Award submission deadline is September 30. The contest is open to all Vermont poets who have not published a first or second book. The final judge, Shanta Lee Gander, will select the winning manuscript and write an introduction for the book. The winning poet receives a cash prize of $500, 50 copies of the book, and promotional assistance through a featured book launch and a handful of scheduled readings throughout the state.
Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages. Proof of Vermont residency will be requested along with a $20 online application fee through Submittable. (Poets with demonstrated financial need can contact the General Manager to request a fee waiver, at [email protected])
Early readers include Vermont poets Sue Burton, Lucas Farrell and Diana Whitney, as well as two Sundog Poetry board members.
The Sundog Poetry Center is committed to publishing works by Vermont authors and has a long-standing partnership with publisher Green Writers Press in Brattleboro. A sample of past titles released through this partnership include the 2021 Sundog Poetry Book Award winning collections, “Bag & Tools,” by Michael Fleming, and the 2020 Sundog Poetry Book Award, “the blue-collar sun,” by Lucas Farrel; an anthology on poetic art, “Vermont Poets and Their Craft,” edited by Neil Shepard and Tamra Higgins; and an anthology of poems about music, “Turn It Up! Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop”, edited by Stephen Cramer.
Sundog Poetry Center is pleased to continue this publishing agreement with Green Writers Press, which will design, print and distribute the book nationwide. For more information, visit the website, sundogpoetry.org/sundog-book-award.