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Cloudbank Books offers two cash prizes: the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize of $1000, plus publication, for a full-length collection of poetry and/or flash fiction; and a $200 prize for one poem in each issue of Cloudbank magazine. To see Guidelines for both contests click here.


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Submissions for the 2017 Vern Rutsala Book Contest are due Sept. 30, 2016.
The due date for submissions to Cloudbank 11 is March 31, 2017.


Bunch of Animals      Henry Hughes

Reviewing Henry Hughes collection, Moist Meridian, Robert Pinsky praised the “alertness, generosity, irony and candor of poems” that were “endlessly curious about relationships . . . abiding, fearful, but engaging mystery.” That mystery is intensified in Bunch of Animals where we experience black dragon fish at a thousand fathoms, eels tunneling through soft mud, earwigs wriggling out of shingles, swans winging high above, laboratory monkeys escaping cages, and cats slinking into our dreams. With deep scientific and artistic imagining, these poems allow us to explore, reconsider, and celebrate the intimacies and distances of our bestial bonds.

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Cloudbank 9, 2015

Cloudbank 9 includes poems by Rebecca Lilly, Rebecca Foust, Jeffrey Alfier, Karl Krolow, Kathleen McGookey and others. There are reviews of two poetry books: Still Life with Judas and Lightning by Dawn Diez Willis and Small Talk by Peter Sears.

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Individual copies of Cloudbank are $8 each. Subscriptions are $15 for two issues.
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Submissions for the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2016. A $1,000 prize will be given for a full-length book manuscript of poems and/or flash fiction. For Contest Guidelines click here.

We are now accepting poems and short prose for Cloudbank 10.
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