Willow Run Poetry Book Award

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Hidden River is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Willow Run Poetry Book Award as Roy Bentley, of Pataskala, Ohio, for his collection, Hillbilly Guilt.  His wonderful book of poetry will be published by Hidden River Press in late 2020/early 2021.

The semi-finalists and finalists of the 2019 cycle of the Willow Run Poetry Book Award can be found here.

The winner of our inaugural Willow Run Poetry Book Award was Carol Tyx of Iowa City, IA, for her book of poetry, Remaking Achilles: Slicing Into Angola’s History. Carol’s book was published with our Hidden River Press imprint, and is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other online bookstores as well as for order with Ingram Distributors through your favorite brick and mortar store. (Please be sure to follow our blog for updates and links to booksellers!) For more information about Remaking Achilles, please see our post here. 

The 2020 cycle of submissions is closed and manuscripts are currently under consideration.  The 2021 cycle will be opened for submissions on August 15, 2020 and will deadline on February 20, 2021.

Hidden River Arts offers a yearly prize of $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an unpublished booklength collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages. The editors will judge.

The award is open to all poets writing in English around the world. We accept simultaneous submissions, and ask only that you notify us immediately if your manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere. We also accept multiple submissions; each book-length manuscript must be submitted separately.

Hidden River accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($20) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail. Manuscripts should a artist’s statement that discusses the ways in which the poetry collection works as a whole – its themes, motifs, explorations.  It should also include a title page, table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font .  Please include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable.

Winning manuscripts are chosen by our staff, and all decisions are final. The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing. Prize money awarded upon publication.