The Sundog Poetry Book Award 2021 is open for applications until September 30
Final judge: Vievee Francis
The Sundog Poetry Book Award is open to all Vermont poets who have not published more than one complete collection. The final judge, Vievee Francis, will select the winning manuscript and write an introduction for the book. The winning poet will receive a cash prize of $ 500, 50 copies of the book, and promotional assistance through a featured book launch and a handful of scheduled readings statewide. Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages long. Proof of residency in Vermont will be required along with an online application fee of $ 20 via Submittable. Submissions for this book award will close on September 30, 2021.
Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly, Horse in the Dark and Forest Primeval (Northwestern University Press, winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award 2017). She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Early readers include Vermont poets Benjamin Aleshire, Stephen Cramer, and Adrie Kusserow, as well as three Sundog Poetry board members.
The Sundog Poetry Center is committed to publishing works by Vermont authors and has established a long-term partnership with the publisher of the Vermont Green Writers Press, located in Brattleboro and run by publisher and poet Dede Cummings. A sample of past titles published through this partnership include the 2020 Sundog Poetry Book Award winning collection, The Blue Collar Sun, by Lucas Farrell; an anthology on poetic craftsmanship, 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. The Sundog Poetry Center is pleased to continue to publish works by Vermont poets with an annual book award for a first or second manuscript of poetry, in partnership with Green Writers Press, who will design, print and distribute the book at the nationwide. For more information, please visit our website: www.sundogpoetry.org/sundog-book-award.
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