Big 2015 Dorset Prize News!
We're honored to announce that the final judge 
for the 2015 Dorset Prize will be former US
Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who has asked
to read not the usual 12 to 15 finalists' mss, 
but all 100 of our "top" submissions! 

We're absolutely delighted that Mr. Pinsky will be so closely involved in the selection process this year, and we look forward to the world of possibilities his extraordinary generosity opens up.

We are accepting manuscripts now through December 31, 2015.

Prize: $3,000

Please read the full guidelines here.

Robert Pinsky was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. He graduated from Long Branch High School, as had his parents, and went on to college at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and then to graduate work at Stanford, where he held a Stegner Fellowship.
His Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux) was published in 2011. His previous books of poetry include Gulf Music (2008), Jersey Rain (2000), The Want Bone (1990) and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996. His best-selling translation The Inferno of Dante (1994) was a Book-of-the-Month-Club Editor's Choice, and received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.  His prose books include The Life of David (2005), The Situation of Poetry (1976) and The Sounds of Poetry (1998). 
The CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, is released by Circumstantial Productions. Robert has also performed reading poems with Ben Allison, Bobby Bradford, Vijay Iyer, Mike Manieri, Stan Strickland and other jazz musicians. 
Among his awards and honors are the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, the Italian Premio Capri, the PEN-Volcker Award and the Korean Manhae Prize. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN American Center.
Robert Pinsky founded The Favorite Poem Project, including the videos that can be seen at, while serving an unprecedented three terms as United States Poet Laureate.

The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize 
for Chapbooks
now open for submissions

Deadline: October 31, 2015
(postmark or online submission-date)

Final Judge:  C. D. Wright

$1,000 Prize

The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national prize for adult writers of chapbook-length poetry collections. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, publication, and an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (check out the Festival here). The winner's chapbook will be published by Tupelo Press in time for a reading at Sunken Garden next summer! Manuscripts are read and judged anonymously, and all finalists will be considered for publication.  

Please read the complete guidelines here.


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