If you are the type to write poems or participate in slam poetry events, Amazon has some news that might appeal to you. Amazon Publishing announced a call for submissions for the Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets. The contest will be judged by the acclaimed poets Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money and a publishing contract featuring a $2,000 advance with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint.
Today through December 20, 2015, poets who have published no more than one book of poetry can submit their full-length collections for consideration to LittleAPoetry@amazon.com. The judges will select a winner based on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content, and creativity of language. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 and Little A expects to publish 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 winner’s book.
“As part of Little A’s commitment to the discovery of 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. We’re especially pleased that three prominent American poets—Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn—serve as the judges for the first Little A Poetry Contest.”
“I’m overjoyed to be involved with this contest and look forward to reading the submissions,” said Jericho Brown, one of the three judges for the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest. “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.”
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