6th Annual Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry

Reading: February 1 – March 30, 2011

No manuscripts postmarked after March 30, 2011 will be considered.

Reading fee: $20.00

Final Judge: Adrian C. Louis

Adrian C. Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. From 1984-97, Louis taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Prior to that, he edited four Native newspapers including The Lakota Times and later Indian Country Today and was a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association.

Currently, Louis is Professor of English at the Minnesota State University in Marshall where he has taught since 1999. He has written ten books of poems and two works of fiction: Wild Indians & Other Creatures, short stories, and Skins, a novel. Skins was produced as a feature film directed by Chris Eyre. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical release in 2002.

Adrian Louis has won various writing awards including Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation. His 2006 collection of poems, Logorrhea (Northwestern University Press), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book is Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008), of which he was the editor.

Notification in June for Spring 2012 publication by Briery Creek Press.

Winner receives 50 books, a reading, and $1000.00.

All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12-point font, Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with manuscript title, poet’s name,and all contact information. Cover sheet on manuscript should include TITLE ONLY. Do NOT include Dedication, Acknowledgments or Credits page. Poet’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript. Number all manuscript pages.Entries should include a #10 SASE for winner notification. Send disposable manuscripts only; no manuscripts will be returned.

No restriction on content or style; we’re simply looking for excellent poetry.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for the contest, although we ask that poets please contact us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not returned upon such withdrawal. Current students and employees of Longwood University and authors published by The Dos Passos Review as well as any individual with a personal relationship (e.g. former students) with the judge are not eligible for this competition.

Make checks payable to DPR/BRIERY CREEK, Department of English, Longwood University,201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909

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