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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

History's ChildHistory's Child
by Charles M. Boyer
Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel
January 2016

History’s Child tells the closely focused tale of Tadek Gradinski –a survivor of the harrowing history of our troubled time.  Born in a Polish village on September 24, 1931, Tadek endures horror after horror and loss after loss, yet his story blossoms into an act of affirmation; neither prison nor privation, the Gulag or grief and betrayal can break his hopeful heart.
Charles Boyer has, and his aptly titled debut novel is, a gift.” —Nicholas Delbanco, The Years




Introducing New Poets

Little AriasLittle Arias
by Kristen Case
September 2015

“Book of thisness, book of withness, book of now:  Kristen Case’s Little Arias meticulously situates a woman’s consciousness in the immediacy of relation: with language, objects, other people, and the present tense. To read this intelligent, wise book is ‘to have swallowed an openness’ that starts at the heart."  
            —Brian Teare

The 26-Hour DayThe 26-Hour Day
by Olivia Clare
September 2015

“Our rituals are themselves created by the very objects they mimic to control. Thus, the rituals of poetry were rehearsed by language long before the poems began. Olivia Clare knows and celebrates this numinous reversion. In the midst of her vocables, she speaks for meaning where the meanings are. The 26-Hour Day is a compelling debut.”
           —Donald Revell



New Poetry from the Green Rose Series


Myronn Hardy
September 2015

“In Kingdom, Myronn Hardy continues and extends his distinctive voice in the imagination of the traveler, whether the new land is in the heart or in the world. His precise vision and cadence form an exquisite lyricism. This is elegance, a deft wisdom won from the shadows where joy lives alongside loneliness.”
            —Afaa Michael Weaver

A Swindler's GraceA Swindler's Grace
by Adam LeFevre
January 2016

“You will not find this voice and vision anywhere but in the poetry of Adam LeFevre. A Swindler’s Grace carries the gravity of life on Earth in a voice by turns bodied and disembodied. It inhabits others with as clear eyes as it does the self. Don’t put this collection in the bookshelf. There are poems here you will want to keep in view. It’s brainwork and heartwork of a high order.”
             —Marvin Bell

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