Monday, April 11, 2011


Rescue Press, which is run by two of our former undergrads DANNY KHALASTCHI and CARYL PAGEL have written to let us know about their first Black Box Poetry Prize competititon:

Rescue Press presents:
June 2011
Judge: Sabrina Orah Mark
For details: visit

The Scoop: Rescue Press is pleased to present The Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry. This year’s submissions will be accepted during the month of June, 2011.

The Guidelines: All participants must submit a $15 (per entry) reading fee via the Paypal link on our website: The reading fee must be purchased before you send work, and manuscripts received without corresponding payment will not be eligible for the competition.

You should then attach your manuscript and cover letter to an email (.pdf or .doc only) addressed to: The cover letter should briefly introduce yourself and include any biographical details, acknowledgments, contact information, or notes you may wish to send. Manuscript pages must be numbered and include a table of contents. Your name should not appear in the manuscript beyond the title page, and simultaneous submissions are allowed but please notify the editors if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Students or close friends of the judge are ineligible.

The Process: The editors of Rescue Press will carefully read all submissions and then send a select number of blind/anonymous manuscripts on to our judge, Sabrina Orah Mark, who will choose The Black Box Poetry Prize winner. The author of the winning manuscript will receive our standard publishing contract and 25 copies of their book as well as some support for readings and publicity. Editors may choose to publish additional manuscripts; results will be announced in Fall 2011 on our website and via email.

The Judge: Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the book-length poetry collections The Babies (2004), winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize chosen by Jane Miller, and Tsim Tsum (2009), as well as the chapbook Walter B.’s Extraordinary Cousin Arrives for a Visit & Other Tales from Woodland Editions. Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have been included in Best American Poetry 2007 and the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).

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