2013 Black Box Poetry Prize

The Black Box Poetry Prize
June, 2013
Judge: Heather Christle

Rescue Press presents The Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry, open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. This year’s submissions will be accepted during the month of June 2013.

To enter:

1. Attach your manuscript and cover letter to an email (.pdf or .doc only) addressed to: rescuepressprize@gmail.com. The cover letter should briefly introduce yourself and include any biographical details, acknowledgements, contact information, or notes you may wish to send. Your name should not appear in the manuscript beyond the title page, and simultaneous submissions are allowed but please notify the editors if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Students or close friends of the judge are ineligible.

2. Participants have the option to submit a reading fee via this Paypal link. Rescue Press is supporting an offer-what-you-will payment method. In other words, you are not required to pay a fee in order to enter the contest but donations of any amount are appreciated and go toward publishing the winning manuscript and potentially an editor’s choice. Let us know if you have questions.

3. Rescue Press editors will send a select number of anonymous manuscripts to our judge, Heather Christle, who will choose the 2013 Black Box Poetry Prize winner. Results will be announced in Fall 2013 on our website and via email, and the winning manuscript(s) will be published in Fall 2014.

Judge: Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009), and The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in publications including Boston Review, Gulf CoastThe New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. She has taught poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Emory University, where she was the 2009-2011 Poetry Writing Fellow. She is the Web Editor for jubilat and frequently a writer in residence at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she lives in Yellow Springs, OH.

Previous Winners:

2011
Judge’s Choice: Blueberry Morningsnow’s WHALE IN THE WOODS, selected by Sabrina Orah Mark

Editor’s Choice: Philip Sorenson’s OF EMBODIES

2012
Judge’s Choice: Todd Melicker’s RENDEZVOUS, selected by Zach Savich

Editor’s Choice: Hannah Brooks-Motl’s THE NEW YEARS

THE NEW CENSUS: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry

We're pleased to announce the official Table of Contents for THE NEW CENSUS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY--edited by Kevin Gonzalez and Lauren Shapiro, with graphics and design by Sevy Perez and contributor illustrations by Lauren Haldeman--to be released by Rescue Press this June. Stay tuned for updates on contributor readings, teaching materials, teacher discounts, census stats, and pre-orders! Stop by our table at AWP for more info!

Table of Contents:image Carrie Olivia Adams Eric Baus Nicky Beer John Beer Ciaran Berry Jericho Brown Suzanne Buffam Heather Christle Eduardo C. Corral Kyle Dargan Darcie Dennigan Sandra Doller Timothy Donnelly Joshua Edwards Emily Kendal Frey Dobby Gibson Yona Harvey Steve Healey Tyehimba Jess Keetje Kuipers Nick Lantz Dorothea Lasky Dora Malech Sarah Manguso Randall Mann Sabrina Orah Mark Chris Martin J. Michael Martinez Adrian Matejka John Murillo Sawako Nakayasu Kathleen Ossip Kiki Petrosino Zach Savich Robyn Schiff James Shea Nick Twemlow Sarah Vap Jerry Williams Jon Woodward

Open Prose Series

This winter Rescue Press will consider book-length prose submissions for our new Open Prose Series, which will publish one work a year of nonfiction, fiction, or sui generis prose. open prose dancers

This series will support singular prose works and the wider discussion of contemporary literary prose. We invite you to submit a manuscript to our open reading period between January 1 and January 31, 2013. There is no fee for submission nor are there restrictions on who may submit. All submissions will be reviewed by series editors Hilary Plum and Zach Savich, who will work with the editors of Rescue Press to select a manuscript for publication. We expect to make a decision by April 2013.

Please send submissions to rescueopenprose@gmail.com along with a biographical note and a brief statement about your work. Manuscripts should be sent as .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments.

2012 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Rescue Press is excited to announce Todd Melicker as the winner of this year's Black Box Poetry Prize. Todd's manuscript, rendezvous, was chosen by our judge, Zach Savich, and will be published in Fall 2013. Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.

Rescue Press has also selected Hannah Brooks-Motl's The New Years for publication in Spring 2014 as our Editor's Choice.

Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in western Massachusetts. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming from places such as Everyday Genius, FENCE, Sixth Finch, the Song Cave, Typo, the Kenyon Review Online, and the New Republic, among others.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered. We would also like to remind you that last year's Black Box books--Blueberry Morningsnow's Whale in the Woods and Philip Sorenson's Of Embodies--are available for purchase on our website or at SPD.

Also, we're excited for our two Spring publications: Madeline McDonnell's novella, Penny, n., and an anthology of contemporary poetry, The New Census. Check back in for more details about these books, author readings, and our AWP events, as well as an open reading period for prose in the winter of 2013.

Love, Rescue Press

Caryl Pagel Danny Khalastchi

Rescue Press & Friends at AWP:

RESCUE EVENTS AT THE 2012 AWP IN CHICAGO: 1. On Wednesday evening Rescue Press will pair up with Parlor Press and Shearsman Books at Columbia College for a reading featuring:

Rosa Alcalá, Jennifer Atkinson, Molly Bendall, Blueberry Morningsnow, Shira Dentz, Lisa Fishman, Carol Guess, Jill Magi, Becka Mara McKay, Caryl Pagel, Philip Sorensen, Andrea Rexilius and Jon Thompson.

2. Rescue Press, Canarium Books, Factory Hollow Press, and Transom Journal invite you to an offsite reading on Friday night, March 2nd, starting at 7:00pm. It'll be a big old party with poetry, fiction, a film, a dream, and an open bar.

The address is: 656 West Randolph, #5E.

Dream: Kevin Gonzalez (Rescue) Poetry: Darcie Dennigan (Canarium) Poetry: Marc Rahe (Rescue) Poetry: Ata Moharreri (Factory Hollow) Poetry: Kaethe Schwehn (Transom) Fiction: Madeline McDonnell (Rescue) Poetry: MA Vizsolyi (Transom) Poetry: Anthony Madrid (Canarium) Poetry: Alex Phillips (Factory Hollow) Short Film: Nick Twemlow (Canarium)