Named for master
storyteller and founding editor of Cold
Mountain Review, this $500 prize honors a narrative poem on an ecological
and/or eco-justice theme (broadly defined).
From Homer to Shakespeare,
Christina Rossetti to Poe, Robert Frost to Elizabeth Bishop, and Robinson
Jeffers to Marilyn Nelson, poetry that tells a story has long informed human
cultures. In line with our mission to reclaim the strands of old stories we didn’t
need to lose and invent new stories we now need, we invite story-telling poems about the environment
and our place in it.
Poems may be long or
short: they may be ballads, dramatic monologues, linear narratives, lyric
narratives, and other hybrids. We are as open to new ways of telling stories
through poetry as we are to new narratives of environmental justice. Please submit up to three poems of no more than ten total pages.
All submissions will be
considered for publication in the spring issue of CMR. The entry fee is $10, and the deadline is March 15, 2018.