POETRY BOOK CONTEST

Muse/A 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 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 Muse/A’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.

Muse/A 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.