Established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry a year through a series of participating publishers. Five distinguished poets will each select one winning manuscript for publication from entries to the Open Competition. Each winner will receive $10,000.



Announcing the winners of the 2011 Open Competition

The Winners of the 2011 Open Competition

With Venom and Wonder, by Julianne Buchsbaum of Lawrence, KS
Chosen by Lucie Brock-Broido, to be published by Penguin Books

Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, by Hannah Gamble of Chicago, IL
Chosen by Bernadette Mayer, to be published by Fence Books

Green Is for World, by Juliana Leslie of Santa Cruz, CA
Chosen by Ange Mlinko, to be published by Coffee House Press

Exit Civilian, by Idra Novey of Brooklyn, NY
Chosen by Patricia Smith, to be published by University of Georgia Press

Maybe the Saddest Thing, by Marcus Wicker of Ann Arbor, MI
Chosen by D.A. Powell, to be published by HarperCollins Publishers