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.

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, under a standard royalty contract.

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

We will begin accepting online submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts in July, 2016. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2016.

To be eligible, poets must have published no more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks and individual poems in magazines are a-OK.) Poets who are family or close friends of the judge 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 in exchange for their reading fee, and any money raised after production costs are covered will go toward paying Copper Nickel contributors.