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Prize For the best book-length collections of poetry & of short fiction in English by a living author
Typed manuscript on standard-sized paper, or 1 MS Word document or PDF, in English. Bound only with a clip or rubber band (no staples or permanent binding)
Poetry manuscripts: approximately 50 -110 pages, single spaced.
Short fiction collections: approximately 125- 300 pages, double spaced.
Two separate title pages within the same document:
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a) title only (no author information)
b) title, author name, address, phone number, acknowledgements (if any)
Table of Contents within the same document.
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Non-refundable reading fee of $25 plus printing charge for each manuscript submitted electronically (US funds)
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Entrants will receive a copy of the winning book in their genre when it is published.
Simultaneous and multiple submissions are acceptable. Please notify us of acceptance elsewhere.
Judging will be blind at all levels. Initial judging will be done by a network of published writers and editors. The final judging will be done by a poet and a fiction writer of national reputation. 2015 winners will be announced August, 2015 and the winning entries will be published in 2016. These competitions are held annually.
G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize
The King of the Gypsies
by Lenore Myka
selected by Lorraine M. López
John Ciardi Prize
One Blackbird at a Time: The Teaching Poems
by Wendy Barker
selected by Alice Friman
Or Address To:
John Ciardi Prize for Poetry or Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
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Available to contest entrants at the special price of $10 each postage paid are
Past winners of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry:
The Resurrection Machine by Steve Gehrke, selected by Miller Williams
Kentucky Swami by Tim Skeen, selected by Michael Burns
Escape Artist by Terry Blackhawk, selected by Molly Peacock
Fence Line by Curtis Bauer, selected by Christopher Buckley
The Portable Famine by Rane Arroyo, selected by Robin Becker
Wayne's College of Beauty by David Swanger selected by Colleen J. McElroy
Airs & Voices by Paula Bonnell (selected by Mark Jarman)
Black Tupelo Country by Doug Ramspeck, selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller
Tongue of War by Tony Barnstone, selected by B. H. Fairchild
Mapmaking by Megan Harlan, selected by Sidney Wade
Secret Wounds By Richard Berlin, selected by Gary Young
Axis Mundi by Karen Holmberg, selected by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Beauty Mark by Suzanne Cleary, selected by Kevin Prufer
Border States by Jane Hoogestraat, selected by Luis J. Rodriguez..
Past winners of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction:
A Bed of Nails by Ron Tanner, selected by Janet Burroway
I'll Never Leave You by H. E. Francis, selected by Diane Glancy
The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories by Billy Lombardo, selected by Gladys Swan
Necessary Lies by Kerry Neville Bakken, selected by Hilary Masters
Love Letters from a Fat Man by Naomi Benaron, selected by Stuart Dybek
Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales by Eleanor Bluestein, selected by Marly Swick
Dangerous Places by Perry Glasser, selected by Gary Gildner
Georgic by Mariko Nagai, selected by Jonis Agee
Living Arrangements by Laura Maylene Walter, selected by Robert Olen Butler
Garbage Night at the Opera by Valerie Fioravanti, selected by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Boulevard Women by Lauren Cobb, selected by Kelly Cherry
Thorn by Evan Morgan Williams, selected by Al Young.
In 2015, look for the new books by winners of our 2014 poetry and short fiction contests:
One Blackbird at a Time: The Teaching Poems by Wendy Barker, selected by Alice Friman,
King of the Gypsies: Stories by Lenore Myka, selected by Lorraine M. Lopez.
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