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Cloudbank offers two poetry and flash fiction prizes.


The Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize: $1000 and publication of a full-length manuscript.

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize: $200 and publication of one poem or flash fiction.

The Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize

        The winner of the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize wins an immediate cash prize of $1000 and publication of his or her book with a full color cover.
        Cloudbank poetry editors seek a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, and aesthetics (for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, flash fiction, etc).
        Postal contest submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Our address is:

                Cloudbank Books
                P.O. Box 610
                Corvallis, OR 97339

        Due date: January 2, 2016. Reading fee is $25.
        The final judge is Dennis Schmitz.
        1. Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are acceptable.
        2. Revisions are not allowed during the contest.
        3. Manuscript submissions must be original. (If you include quotes from other works in your manuscript, please be sure they are clearly attributed to the author either on the same page or in a “Notes” section at the back of the manuscript.)
        4. Manuscripts must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
        5. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, although individual poems in a manuscript are still eligible for this contest if they have been previously published in print or web magazines, journals, anthologies, or on a personal website.
        6. Manuscripts should be 60 to 90 pages. Enclose two cover sheets with your submission, one with your contact information and one without.
        7. Your submission will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so that we can notify you of the contest results.
        8. The check should be made out to Cloudbank.

Vern Rutsala taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, for more than forty years. He authored 16 books and was the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. His The Moment’s Equation was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2005.

Dennis Schmitz’s latest book is Animism, his ninth poetry collection, published by the FIELD Poetry Series. His work has appeared in Field, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. He is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. He taught at Sacramento State University for many years.

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize

        Cloudbank is now accepting submissions for Cloudbank 10. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece. Postal contest submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Our address is:

                Cloudbank Books
                P.O. Box 610
                Corvallis, OR 97339

        Due date: March 31, 2016. Reading fee is $15.

        1. The check should be made out to Cloudbank. All writers who enter the contest will receive a two-issue subscription to Cloudbank magazine. (Your subscription will start with the current issue of Cloudbank, unless you request the next issue.)
        2. Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication, but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
        3. Please do not send more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less) for either the contest or regular submissions. The $15 fee covers up to five poems/flash fiction.
        4. For contest submissions, the writer’s name, address, e-mail address, and the titles of the poems being submitted should be typed on a cover sheet only, not on the pages of poems or flash fiction. For non-contest submissions, the writer’s name and address should appear on each page.
        5. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time, except from writers outside the United States.
        6. The submitted work may not have been published elsewhere, including online journals.
        7. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
        8. Your submissions will not be returned. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so that we can notify you of the status of your submission.
        9. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15.00. Individual copies are $8.
      10. Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
      11. If you already have a subscription and want to enter the contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.