Ya’ll gave me a lot of money & I spent a lot of it on good books, but I also put a lot of it away so I can do cool things like give someone $500 for their words.
We’re happy to announce The Ruth Stone First Book Prize for women authors. Ruth Stone was an amazing poet and an incredible advocate for women, and we’re honored that The Ruth Stone Foundation is allowing us to honor her legacy and further her work by naming this prize after her.
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ABOUT THE PRIZE
Judge: Rachel Glaser
Reading fee: $8
Reading Period: May 1st – June 15th
Prize: $500 + a full print run of the award-winning manuscript
Genres: Poetry & Prose (Fiction//non-fiction)
- The author must not have published a full-length book before.
- The author must be female//non-binary. Cisgendered men are not permitted to enter this contest.
- All manuscripts must be previously unpublished in their complete form, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Translations, chapbooks, small groups of poems, and books previously self-published are not eligible.
- There are no length restrictions.
- Simultaneous submissions are encouraged–just let us know if your book is accepted elsewhere.
About our judge: Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the novel Paulina & Fran (Harper Perennial, 2015), the poetry book MOODS (Factory Hollow Press, 2013) and the story collection Pee On Water (Publishing Genius Press, 2010). She teaches Creative Writing at Flying Object in Hadley, MA and paints basketball players among other subjects. For more information visit http://rachelbglaser.blogspot.com.
About Ruth Stone: Ruth Stone was the author of 13 books of poetry, including In the Next Galaxy (National Book Award winner, 2002) and What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2009). She was numerous awards for her work, including the 2002 Wallace Stevens Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Eric Mathieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, a Whiting Writers’ Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Delmore Schwartz Award, the Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award from the state of Vermont, and the Shelley Memorial Award.
About The Ruth Stone Foundation: Established in 2013, the Ruth Stone Foundation serves to fulfill Ruth Stone’s wish that upon her death her physical and literary estate would be used in Trust for the furthering of poetry and the creative arts. The Foundation exists through the generosity of private donations, community, and volunteer based work. Learn more here.