The Jake Adam York Prize

Spring 2016, Issue 22

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We at Copper Nickel are excited to announce the JAKE ADAM YORK PRIZE for a first or second poetry collection.

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The inaugural judge will be Ross Gay, author of the poetry collections Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Bringing the Shovel Down (2011); and Against Which (CavanKerry, 2006). The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Gay teaches at Indiana University.

The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions in April, 2018.

Initial screening for the prize will be facilitated by the editors of Copper Nickel. (All screeners for the prize will have published at least one book of poetry.)

We will begin accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts in July, 2016. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2016.

To be eligible, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks and individual poems in magazines are a-OK.) Poets who are family, current colleagues, close friends, or recent students (within the past three years) of the judge are not eligible to enter.

Book-length manuscripts to be submitted can—but don’t have to—include work previously published in journals and chapbooks. (If the manuscript includes previously published work, please include an acknowledgments page.) Previously self-published books, however, are not eligible.

Our goal in instituting the Jake Adam York Prize is to honor Jake’s name and legacy with a top-tier, ethical book prize that will offer not just publication but also high-quality design, marketing, and strong national distribution­. Milkweed Editions—which has an excellent marketing team and distributes through Publishers Group West (PGW)—can offer these things. We are grateful and excited for their partnership.

All submitters to the prize will receive a one-year subscription to Copper Nickel (worth $20) in exchange for a $25 reading fee, and all money raised after production costs for the prize are covered will go toward paying Copper Nickel contributors.

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