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2015 New Issues Poetry Prize

Sawnie Morris has won the 2015 New Issues Poetry Prize for her manuscript Her, Infinite. Major Jaackson judged.

Morris wins a $2,000 award and publication of her manuscript in the spring of 2016.

Sawnie Morris

In One Version of the Story by Chuck Carlise was also selected for publication in 2016.

2015 Green Rose Prize

Bruce Cohen has won the 2015 Green Rose Prize for his manuscript Imminent Disappearance, Impossible Numbers & Panoramic X-Rays.

Cohen wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2016.

Bruce Cohen

Two additional Green Rose manuscripts,Scape by Claire Bateman and Arsonville by David Blair, will also be published in 2016.

Poetry Contest Deadlines:

The 2016 Green Rose Prize
Postmark September 30, 2015

The 2016 New Issues Poetry Prize for a first book of poetry.

Judge: Mary Szybist
Postmark November 30, 2015

Submission Guidelines


AWP Award Series

by Matt Burriesci
Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel
Hardcover and e-book editions: January 2015

“Satire with a bite that leaves a mark, deftly accomplished fiction about the world of money and art, book lovers and writers, philanthropists and misanthropes. Once word about this entertaining new novel gets around Washington, he'll never eat lunch in that town again.” —Alan Cheuse, author and book critic for NPR's All Things Considered




Introducing New Poets

Trouble SleepingTrouble Sleeping
by Abdul Ali
March 2015

“Abdul Ali’s Trouble Sleeping awakens the mind. Like the guts of a marvelous timepiece, the incremental details tick with merciless accuracy and timeless certainty. Urban, gutsy, each poem exposes the conflicts of an inner-city speaker. Yet even in the midst of conflict one believes the voice saying, 'I love the city.' Here, popular culture converges with iconic moments of American history; personal and worldly affairs, and a knowing, practiced music holds Trouble Sleeping together as a needful song.” —Yusef Komunyakaa

Dark~Sky SocietyDark~Sky Society
by Ailish Hopper
September 2014

“[T]he taut economy of Ailish Hopper’s syntax befits a chronicler bent on this government town’s nightly collapse of the personal and sociopolitical….Hopper’s poems dance on this divided skein with sculpted and oblique turns of phrase — lyrical arabesques constructed in terse verbal defiance….Consider her verse coiled and sprung; and, to paraphrase an exalted homegrown colloquialism, ‘busted loose’.” — Greg Tate



New Poetry from the Green Rose Series

My MultiverseMy Multiverse

Kathleen Halme
March 2015

Winner of the 2014 Green Rose Prize

“In poems that are both intricate and expansive, Kathleen Halme’s My Multiverse takes readers from the City of Roses, with its Shanghai traps and tunnels, to a hummingbird ‘tracing the missing shape of a feeder,’ to the neural pathways of the mind itself. These poems do what all great poems do: they make the world seem strange again, shimmering with questions, ‘the mirror ball of meaning strung without a thread.’ My Multiverse is a brilliant book.” —John Brehm


Little SpellsLittle Spells
by Jennifer K. Sweeney
March 2015

“This voice sings and cries in such exquisite expression of anguish that art and life find themselves gazing at each other in shock.  What good is perfection when the most precious and longed-for star—the one that guided the years— vanishes from the huge dark sky?  Art remains and perhaps it comforts as it triumphs here. Sweeney is dazzling—if that matters. I think it does. I am abnormally moved by the perfection of this art. I am crushed by it.” Brenda Shaughnessy


Tree Line
Tree Line
Judy Halebsky
September 2014

“Robert Frost believed a poem should begin in delight and end in wisdom, but in Tree Line, Judy Halebsky proves a poet never has to choose between the two—her poems begin in both and end in both. Smart, sexy, thoughtful, and beautiful, Halebsky’s lyrics are a masterful marriage of tradition and innovation. This remarkable book loves many things—language and landscape to be sure—but most of all, it loves this world and how we make our way in it.” —Dean Rader


Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry

Poetry in Michigan
Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry
edited by William Olsen and Jack Ridl

October 2013

A 2014 Michigan Notable Book

"I could celebrate every single poem in here—a rare statement to make about any anthology. Leave it to the poets to find the heart of a place. This book will make you fall in love with Michigan all over again, or for the first time." —Jim Daniels