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Kore Press- 2011 First Book Award for Poetry Deadline Extended

2011 First Book Award for Poetry
Judge: Bhanu Kapil
Deadline Extended
August 31, 2010


“I like to think of this contest as providing a potentially catalytic boost forward for the life of a writer…and as a beacon of possibility to new writers out there who struggle every day in the solitary practice of writing. We are over here saying “I know you can, I know you can.” 
– Lisa Bowden,
Kore Press Co-Founder & Director


the poets

2010 Winner

Laura Newbern

Laura Newbern’s
Love and the Eye
selected by Claudia Rankine


Previous First Book Award Winners:
2009: Heather Cousins’
Something in the Potato Room
selected by Claudia Rankine

2008: Holly Iglesias’
Souvenirs of a Shrunken World
selected by Harryette Mullen

2007: Spring Ulmer’s
Benjamin’s Spectacles
selected by Sonia Sanchez

2006: Sandra Lim’s
Loveliest Grotesque
selected by Marilyn Chin

2005: Elline Lipkin’s
The Errant Thread
selected by Eavan Boland

the contest

A prize of $1,000
plus book publication
by Kore Press will be given for a book-length poetry manuscript.

Deadline: August 31, 2010

This competition is open to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible.

How to Submit

Submit your manuscript and $20 reading fee on-line here.

Comment box should include:

    • daytime and evening telephone numbers
    • where you heard about the contest

Manuscripts must be:

    • anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript)
    • original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)

For more information email kore@korepress.org,
or call 520-327-2127.



the judge
Bhanu Kapil
Bhanu Kapil is a British-Indian writer, and new U.S. citizen, who lives now in Colorado, where she is core faculty at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She also teaches writing at Goddard College in Vermont. She is the author of four books: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a Space for Monsters (Leon Works, 2006), Humanimal: a Project for Future Children (Kelsey Street, 2009), and Schizophrene (forthcoming from Nightboat Books, 2011.)

deal for

For $39, your manuscript will be entered into the contest and you will receive one copy each of the two latest First Book Award winners. For $45, you will be entered and will receive one copy each of the three latest First Book Award winners. Please e-mail kore@korepress.org to take advantage of this deal!

Offer Expires: August 31, 2010

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Meet Faculty Members Steven M. Adelson, Roger McBride Allen & Patricia L. Brooks at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference

Meet Faculty Members Steven M. Adelson, Roger McBride Allen & Patricia L. Brooks at the 2010 Wrangling With Writing Conference


       Steven M. Adelson: writer, researcher

      Robert MacBride Allen: science fiction author

      Patricia L. Brooks: inspirational speaker 

      See you in Tucson, Arizona Saturday Sept. 24-26, 2010 at the Wrangling with Writing Conference 

       For more information go to www.ssa-az.org/WranglingWithWriting

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Sydney Writers Centre- CREATIVE WRITING STAGE 2, an online writing class

If you want to keep your writing momentum going, your next step could be Creative Writing Stage 2 with the amazing Pamela Freeman (author of 21 books!). This course is just for graduates of Creative Writing Stage 1 and Writing Books for Children.

It’s going to build on what you’ve learnt but go into much more depth when it comes to creating your characters and structuring your story. If you’d like to start a short story or improve on the skills you’ve learnt so far, this is the course for you. Each week, you’ll focus on different tools and techniques to help make your creative writing shine.

You’ll cover:

  • how to find, create or extend your main characters and how to place them within a world of believable minor characters
  • how to make similar characters distinct on the page – what is your character’s ‘journey’?
  • structuring your story
  • climax and resolution: how these shape the final story – and how to write them!
  • the principles of scene development: dialogue, pacing, the manipulation of time, character interaction, management of exposition
  • the right process of structural editing, copy-editing and proof reading, using examples from both published and student work
  • and much more

Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
: Tuesdays starting Tuesday 31 August 2010 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Click here for more information or to enrol online.

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