Every once in a while a new press with new ideas and amazing projects appears on the literary scene. Platypus Press is one of those. I’ve been nothing but impressed with their creativity and professionalism. They are a boutique publisher based in England and seek to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences. They are currently accepting no fee poetry chapbook entries for the first annual Broken River Prize. Each year a different poet will judge the contest—this year’s judge is poet and teacher Eduardo C. Corral. I recently finished reading Corral’s book Slow Lightning, which is not to be missed!
I wondered how and why this contest came to be, so I asked editor Michelle Tudor a few questions to find out. See my interview with Tudor and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Broken River Prize.
TUDOR: The Broken River Prize is our brand new annual chapbook contest with poet Eduardo C. Corral as judge. Poets have the chance to win $250 and publication in 2019.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the Broken River Prize originally started?
TUDOR: We’ve been wanting to run a contest for a while, especially for a chapbook. We tend to focus on full length collections for the press so we thought this would be a good way to find smaller collections. We are also very lucky to have Eduardo on board.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
TUDOR: This is difficult to answer as we’re not judging the contest. We’re just looking for really great poetry that stands out.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
TUDOR: We’ve been reading a lot of creative non-fiction lately and some great places for that are: Guernica, Catapult and Granta.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send contest entries?
TUDOR: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header ‘Broken River Prize Submission’
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: August 31, 2018
ENTRY FEE: None
- Publication by Platypus Press in 2019.
- $250/£200 prize money.
FORMS: Manuscript of 20 – 40 pages