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The 2017 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

By , January 12, 2017

The 2017 Blue Lynx Prize, $2000 plus publication for a full-length volume of poems, is open for submissions through May 15. See the contest guidelines on our submissions page.
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2016 Blue Lynx Prize Winner and Finalists

By , November 15, 2016

The winner of the 2016 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry is Ralph Burns, for his manuscript titled but not yet. Burns has published six books, most recently Ghost Notes, winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize and published by Oberlin College Press, and Swamp Candles, winner of the Iowa Poetry Award and published by the University of Iowa Press. He has published poems in FIELD, The Southern Poetry Review, EPOCH, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and Poetry.  He edited Crazyhorse for about fifteen years, and lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

The finalists for the 2016 prize are

Mark Cox
Karina Borowicz
Jennifer Givhan
Alexander Long
Veronica Patterson
Randall Watson

Many thanks to everyone who submitted to the 2016 prize! Submissions will be open for the 2017 prize soon.

2015 Blue Lynx Prize Winner and Finalists

By , November 7, 2015

The winner of the 2015 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry is David Nielsen, for his collection Unfinished Figures, selected by judge Kathleen Flenniken. This is Nielsen’s first book publication; his poetry appears in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Parnassus, RHINO, The Cortland Review, Cutbank, Gulf Coast, Hayden Ferry Review, North American Review, Willow Springs, Rattle, Chariton Review, Florida Review, American Literary Review, and many other magazines. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 2015 Blue Lynx Prize finalists are

Robert Cooperman, Draft Board Blues
Patricia Hooper, Separate Flights
Desiree Alvarez, Devil’s Paintbrush 
Holly Karapetkova, Towline
Susan Cohen, A Different Wakeful Animal
Carine Topal, Some World
Danielle Hanson, Ambushing Water
Darcy Cummings, Floating Women

Thank you so much to all of our contestants. Our decision is always a difficult one to make, and we value all of the work, care, and beautiful craft that goes into the many manuscripts we receive.

2014 Blue Lynx Prize Awarded to Prartho Sereno

By , November 20, 2014

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The 18th annual Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry was awarded to Prartho Sereno for her collection, Elephant Raga.

The poems in Elephant Raga are strange and lyrical stories, jokes, heart breaking truths, and existential meditations. Their amazing energy and freshness makes every page an adventure and a delight. This is poetry for everyone.

Since 1999, Prartho Sereno has been teaching for schools, colleges, senior centers, and private groups all over northern California. Her poems and essays have been widely published in journals, including Atlanta ReviewBarrow StreetComstock Review, and Rattle.

The 2014 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

By , January 11, 2014

The 2014 Blue Lynx contest is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted work.

If you are interested in submitting manuscripts during our open reading period, June 1 – August 1, please contact us to query.

 

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