Amazon announced a new contest, Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to discovering emerging poets. The company is soliciting poets who have published no more than one book of poetry.
From today through December 20th, contestants can submit their full-length collections for consideration for the chance to win a prize of $5,000 as well as a publishing contract with a $2,000 advance from Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint.
“As part of Little A’s commitment to the discovery of the new literary talent, we’re expanding to become a home for emerging poets and their work,” said David Blum, publisher and editor-in-chief of Little A. “We hope this open call for submissions will lead to a new and vibrant showcase for poetry collections.”
American poets Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn will judge the contest.
“I’m overjoyed to be involved with this contest and look forward to reading the submissions,” said Jericho Brown. “There are so many talented emerging poets working today that are deserving of an audience and I’m excited to help get their work published.”
The winner of the contest will be selected based on quality of writing, strength and originality of content, and creativity of language. A winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 with an expected publication of the winner’s manuscript in paperback and ebook in the spring of 2017.
Little A Editor and Pushcart Prize-winning poet Morgan Parker will edit the winning manuscript.
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