Contests

2016 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize

Now Accepting Submissions!

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$500 PRIZE & PUBLICATION OF WINNING POEM BY BACKBONE PRESS
2016 Judge: Reginald Dwayne Betts
Accepting original, unpublished poems (up to three)
Entry fee: $15.00
Submissions open April 1 through June 1

 

Entry fees may be submitted via our PayPal donation page. Please submit poems along with contact information to: backbonepoetry@gmail.com with the words Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize in the subject line. Postal entries (postmarked June 1) should be sent to: Backbone Press, PO Box 51483, Durham, NC 27717-1483.

The Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience.

“Her life, her way of seeing and walking in the world were the backbone of her work. I am her daughter. Her backbone is mine. And yours.”
-Sidney Clifton

Previous Winners:

2015 Winner
2014 Winner
2013 Winner