Ghost Peach Press

Birdcoat Quarterly is excited to announce the winner of its inaugural book prize for a first or second collection of poetry.

Laura Page, “Dove and Coyote”

2019 Finalists:

Georgia Dennis

Marcia Hurlow

Kimberly Ann Southwick

Maggie Woodward

David Hargreaves

Jill McKenna

Jake Syersak

Clare Welsh

Darren Higgins

The 2020 Ghost Peach Press Prize in Poetry

This contest is now closed. Stay tuned for announcements and the 2021 Ghost Peach Press Prize.

This contest for a first or second full-length poetry collection is open to any poet writing in English who has not yet published more than one full-length book in poetry (poets with multiple chapbooks ​are ​eligible), and offers a cash prize of $1,000 and publication, as well as ten free copies of the published book.

Entries will first be read blind by GPP and Birdcoat’s panel of editors, and judge Diane Seuss will choose the winning collection from ten finalists. All manuscripts should include a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (if applicable). No identifying information should be included in the submission. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in a pleasant-to-read font (as in, not comic sans), with no more than one poem per page. Manuscripts should consist of 48 – 75 pages of poetry (not including front and back matter). We prefer that you are ethical and do not submit if you are related to/work with/are besties with or otherwise have personal connections to the judge which could cause your work to be recognized.

The brilliant Diane Seuss will judge the contest.

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Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, was released in 2018 by Graywolf Press and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry; Four-Legged Girl, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open received the Juniper Prize and was published in 2010 by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her fifth collection, Frank: Sonnets, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2021. Seuss was raised in rural Michigan, which she continues
to call home.

Ghost Peach Press accepts the $22 entry fee exclusively through our Submittable page. The entry fee is due at the time of submission. This contest runs from January 1st, 2020 – May 1st, 2020. The winner will be announced in November 2020 and publication is expected in early-mid 2021.