2011 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize

2011 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize

Guest Judge: Forrest Gander

In 2010, Flatmancrooked introduced the FMC Poetry Prize with guest judge Mary Karr. This year we are pleased to present our guest judge for the 2011 FMC Poetry Prize: Forrest Gander.

ABOUT THE JUDGE: The author of numerous books of poetry, including Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower, all from New Directions, Gander also writes novels (As a Friend), essays (A Faithful Existence) and works in translation. His most recent translations are Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (Finalist, PEN Translation Prize), No Shelter: Selected Poems of Pura López Colomé, and, with Kent Johnson, two books by the Bolivian wunderkind Jaime Saenz: The Nightand Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz.

Gander is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

THE PRIZE: The Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize will be determined over the course of three rounds. Of all the entrants, the FMC editorial staff will select a (1) a semi-final batch of 30-40 poems. These poems will be published in Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 2 (May 2011). (2) FMC editors Josh Neely and Steve Owen will then choose the 10 finalists to send to guest judge Forrest Gander. (3) Forrest Gander will choose the FMC Poetry Prize Recipient and runner-up. The prize recipient will receive a $500 honorarium and a notation as the prize recipient upon publication. The prize will close for submissions in early April 2011. The results will be announcement shortly thereafter, with phone calls to recipients and runners up.

TO ENTER: The fee is $7.00 for three poems. Please send all entries as a single file (and the link below will walk you through the process). Of course, you don’t have to send us three. You can send one. Or two. But for the $7.00 entry fee you can send up to three.

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January 10, 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Prizes | Comments Closed

2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize

The guest judge for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize is author Benjamin Percy and thepurse for the prize recipient is $1,000.00. The prize opens for submissions on Monday, May 3rd, 2010.



About the author/guest judge:

Benjamin Percy is the author of a novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in fall 2010), and two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio (click to listen), performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (click to read) , Men’s Journal, Outside, the Paris Review (click to read or listen), the Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. His honors include the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. In 2009, First Second Books (a division of Macmillan) published a graphic novel adaptation of Refresh, Refresh, illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff and co-authored by filmmaker James Ponsoldt. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University.

About the prize:

  • 1st Place/Prize Recipient receives a $1,000.00 stipend, print publication in Flatmancrooked 4 (to be published winter 10/11), designation as the 2010 Flatmancrooked Prize Recipient, online feature, and invitation to Flatmancrooked 2nd Annual Night One Party at AWP 2011 in Washington DC.
  • 10 finalists will receive print publication in Flatmancrooked 4, designation as a 2010 Flatmancrooked Prize Finalist, and online feature.
  • $15.00 for a single entry
  • $40.00 for a triple entry

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Poetry Prize


Guest Judge: Mary Karr


Photo by Marion Ettlinger

This November, HarperCollins will release Mary Karr’s new memoir, Lit, a follow-up to her New York Times bestselling non-fiction sensation, The Liar’s Club (which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for nonfiction, the Texas Institute Award for Letters, and was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Awards).

Karr is, perhaps more importantly, an award-winning poet. Her poetry grants include The Whiting Writer’s Award, an NEA, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, and a Guggenheim. She has won prizes from Best American Poetry as well as Pushcarts for both her poetry and essays. Her four volumes of poetry are Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, 2006), Viper Rum (Penguin, 1998), The Devil’s Tour (New Directions, 1993), and Abacus (Wesleyan, 1986). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Parnassus.

Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University and was the weekly poetry editor for the Washington Post Book World’s “Poet’s Choice” column, a position canonized by Robert Hass, Ed Hirsch, and Rita Dove. She lives in Syracuse, New York and New York City.

Become a fan of her Facebook page. Simply doing so makes you eligible to win a copy of her poetry collection Sinners Welcome.

The Rules:

Entries are single poems. The top 20-40 poems (depending on length) will be collected and published in Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010 (due out spring, 2010).

1st Place: $500, featured online, designation online and in print as the recipient of the 2010 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize, and 3 complimentary copies of Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010, in which the winning poem will be featured.

2nd Place: $300, featured online, designation online and in print as 2nd place in the 2010 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize, and 2 complimentary copies Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010, in which the poem will be featured.

3rd Place: $100, featured online, designation online and in print as 3rd place in the 2010 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize, and 2 complimentary copies Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010, in which the poem will be featured.

Finalists (place 4th-10th): featured online, designation online and in print as a finalist for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize, and 1 complimentary copy Flatmancrooked’s Slim Anthology of Collected Poetry: 2010, in which the poem will be featured.

Semi-Finalists (place 11th-20th) will be featured online and published in Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010.

All entrants will receive an ebook copy of Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetry: 2010 upon its publication.

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We are pleased to announce the

2009 Flatmancrooked Prize
for Excellent Writing Done During a Period of Great Fiscal Renewalaimeebender

Aimee Bender (author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Willful Creatures, recipient of the Pushcart Prize and professor of creative writing at University of Southern California) is our guest judge.

1st place receives $1000.00 and publication in the final anthology of ’08/’09 season.

Top 10 finalists will also be published in the final anthology and get special recognition on the website.

The entry-fee is $15 and the first 50 people to enter get a copy of Flatmancrooked’s First Winter, which features new fiction from Jorge Luis Borges and National Book Award-winner, Ha Jin.

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