The reading period for A River & Sound Review's 2009 Poetry Contest -- The Duckabush Prize for Poetry -- is open from August 1 – October 31, 2009. We will be happy to read and consider your best work. First place prize will be $500, plus a featured spot on a future RSR Live Production and publication in an upcoming issue of our journal.
Final judge for this contest is Judith Kitchen (right). She writes poetry reviews for The Georgia Review and has recently edited with Ted Kooser (former U.S. Poet Laureate) an anthology of bird poems--The Poets Guide to the Birds (Anhinga Press). She has served as judge for many writing awards, including the Pushcart Prize for poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Anhinga Prize, and the AWP Nonfiction Award.
For more details on how to enter, please keep reading!
A River & Sound Review holds two writing contests a year, The Duckabush Prize for Poetry and The Nisqually Prize for Fiction and Nonfiction. Length of manuscripts and subject requirements for each category are the same as for our regular submissions.
Contest Submission Rules:
~ All RSR writing contests are open to all writers, save those who actually serve on the RSR staff.
~ Prose submissions are limited to one story/essay per entry, regardless of length.
~ Poetry submissions are limited to three poems per entry, regardless of length.
~ Writers may submit as many entries as they choose, provided each entry is mailed in separate envelopes and each accompanied with the proper entry fee.
~ The entry fee for the first submission is $10. All subsequent submissions for that season's contest are $5.
~ Judging of all writing contests will be conducted by the RSR staff, along with guest judges making the selection among finalists.
~ RSR will offer a cash prize to the first place entry and publicly announce the names of all finalists.
~ RSR will consider all submissions for publication in our online literary journal.
~ Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but writers must inform RSR staff if any submitted work has been accepted elsewhere and withdraw it from the contest.
Contest Submission Directions:
~ Submit one copy of your story, essay, or poem(s) and make sure your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s).
~ On a separate page, print your name, full mailing address, email address, and phone number. Also on this page, list the title of the manuscript(s) you submitted.
~ Include in your submission a check (for entry fee) made out to A River & Sound Review.
Mail your entry to:
A River & Sound Review
2009 Poetry Contest
17317 136th Ave. Ct. E.
Puyallup, WA 98374