Poets & Writers

Recent Winners


Ahsahta Press

Sawtooth Poetry Prize


Beloit Poetry Journal

Chad Walsh Poetry Prize


Broadside Lotus Press

Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

42 Miles Press


William Stobb of La Crosse, Wisconsin, won the 2018 Poetry Award for his poetry collection You Are Still Alive. He received $1,000, and his book will be published by 42 Miles Press in September 2019. He will also give a reading at Indiana University in South Bend. David Dodd Lee judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is March 1, 2019.

42 Miles Press, Poetry Award, Indiana University, English Department, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, P.O. Box 7111, South Bend, IN 46634. David Dodd Lee, Editor in Chief. 42milespress@gmail.com


Ahsahta Press


Stefania Heim of Bellingham, Washington, won the 2018 Sawtooth Poetry Prize for her collection Hour Book. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by Ahsahta Press in January 2019. Jennifer Moxley judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is March 1, 2019.

Ahsahta Press, Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Boise State University, English Department, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725. (208) 866-8017. Janet Holmes, Director.



Bear Star Press


Sierra Golden of Seattle won the 2018 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, The Slow Art. She received $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press. The editors judged. The annual award is given for a poetry collection by a poet residing west of the Central time zone. As of this writing, the next deadline has not been set.

Bear Star Press, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, 185 Hollow Oak Drive, Cohasset, CA 95973. (530) 891-0360. Beth Spencer, Editor.


Before Columbus Foundation


Sixteen writers received 2018 American Book Awards. They are poets Rachelle Cruz of Riverside, California, for God’s Will for Monsters (Inlandia Books), Tongo Eisen-Martin of San Francisco for Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Publishers), Bojan Louis of Tempe, Arizona, for Currents (BkMk Press), Tommy Pico of New York City for Nature Poem (Tin House Books), Rena Priest of Bellingham, Washington, for Patriarchy Blues (MoonPath Press), and Joseph Rios of Los Angeles for Shadowboxing: poems & impersonations (Omnidawn); fiction writer Victor LaValle of New York City for The Changeling (Spiegel & Grau); creative nonfiction writers Dana Naone Hall of Haiku, Maui, for Life of the Land: Articulations of a Native Writer (‘Ai Pohaku Press) and Valeria Luiselli of New York City for Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee House Press); cartoonist Thi Bui of Berkeley, California, for The Best That We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Harry N. Abrams); and nonfiction writers Tommy J. Curry of College Station, Texas, for The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press), Kelly Lytle Hernández of Los Angeles for City of Inmates: Conquest, (University of North Carolina Press), of Edinburg, Texas, and of San Antonio for (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press), of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for (New Press), and of New York City for (New Press). The annual awards are given for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.” (SEE DEADLINES.)

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