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The 2022 Bougainvillea Poetry Prize FlowerSong Press

The 2022 Bougainvillea Poetry Prize

The Bougainvillea Poetry Prize awards $750, publication, 25 copies, and aggressive promotion to one poetry collection per year. The winner is selected by the editorial staff of FlowerSong Press. The focus is on work that grapples with issues concerning the poor, workers, the underclass, financial insecurity, working conditions, inequity, precarity, and related concerns. We are interested in promoting work that illuminates, narrates, or champions the lives of working class people as they make their way through the world. We especially encourage working class poets, and those who grew up in working class families, to submit. We invite all forms of poetry, whether in traditional forms or more experimental. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ poets are especially encouraged to submit.

The prize honors the memory of Irma (1939-2010) and Alfonso Gomez (1938-2021) of Brownsville, Texas—Mexican-Americans who raised seven children while working in such jobs as cashier, ice worker, homemaker, truck driver, migrant farmworker, painter, and custodian, among many others.

Submission Fee: $10

Deadline: April 30, 2022 / 11:59 PM CST

One winner and five finalists will be named. The winner will be announced in late Spring/ early Summer 2022.

The winning collection will be offered a standard contract and published by FlowerSong Press in Spring of 2023. Finalists may be offered publication.

Guidelines

  • Submit a full-length collection of poetry (60-120 pages in length) in any form or style.
  • The collection must be original and previously unpublished in its entirety. Individual poems may have been previously published.
  • You may include an acknowledgements page if poems in the collection have been previously published elsewhere.
  • The work must be primarily in English, although other languages may be incorporated as well.
  • Images may only be included if in black and white and if the author owns full rights to the work. We cannot print in color at this time.
  • Please submit manuscripts in pdf form. We do not accept printed entries.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries. Each separate manuscript must be accompanied by the submission fee.
  • The contest is open to all writers regardless of citizenship or documented status.
  • Please do not submit translated work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if the collection has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • The submission fee is non-refundable.

Selection Process

  • Please submit a short biographical statement as part of the submission. There is no need to delete identifying information from the manuscript as we do not adhere to discriminatory practices such as the requirement for anonymity that disproportionately and negatively impacts BIPOC writers.
  • All manuscripts will be read with care, time, and concern. The editorial staff is composed of writers and understands how much effort goes into each manuscript.
  • Please ensure that no conflict of interest exists between you and any of the editors at FlowerSong Press. No one who has a personal relationship of any kind with any of the editors may be considered for the prize. Our masthead is available on the FlowerSong Press website.
  • All submissions will be read by at least two editors.
  • The editors will discuss the manuscripts and select a small group of semifinalists. The winner and finalists will then be selected from this group.
  • Finalists will be publicized prior to selection of the winner. Please do not query about the status of your submission.

Please send questions and submissions to [email protected] or through Duosuma

The 2022 Bougainvillea Poetry Prize

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The Bougainvillea Poetry Prize awards $750, publication, 25 copies, and aggressive promotion to one poetry collection per year. The winner is selected by the editorial staff of FlowerSong Press. The focus is on work that grapples with issues concerning the poor, workers, the underclass, financial insecurity, working conditions, inequity, precarity, and related concerns. We are interested in promoting work that illuminates, narrates, or champions the lives of working class people as they make their way through the world. We especially encourage working class poets, and those who grew up in working class families, to submit. We invite all forms of poetry, whether in traditional forms or more experimental. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ poets are especially encouraged to submit.

The prize honors the memory of Irma (1939-2010) and Alfonso Gomez (1938-2021) of Brownsville, Texas—Mexican-Americans who raised seven children while working in such jobs as cashier, ice worker, homemaker, truck driver, migrant farmworker, painter, and custodian, among many others.

Submission Fee: $10

Deadline: March 31, 2022 / 11:59 PM CST

One winner and five finalists will be named. The winner will be announced in late Spring/ early Summer 2022.

The winning collection will be offered a standard contract and published by FlowerSong Press in Spring of 2023. Finalists may be offered publication.

Guidelines

  • Submit a full-length collection of poetry (60-120 pages in length) in any form or style.
  • The collection must be original and previously unpublished in its entirety. Individual poems may have been previously published.
  • You may include an acknowledgements page if poems in the collection have been previously published elsewhere.
  • The work must be primarily in English, although other languages may be incorporated as well.
  • Images may only be included if in black and white and if the author owns full rights to the work. We cannot print in color at this time.
  • Please submit manuscripts in pdf form. We do not accept printed entries.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries. Each separate manuscript must be accompanied by the submission fee.
  • The contest is open to all writers regardless of citizenship or documented status.
  • Please do not submit translated work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if the collection has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • The submission fee is non-refundable.

Selection Process

  • Please submit a short biographical statement as part of the submission. There is no need to delete identifying information from the manuscript as we do not adhere to discriminatory practices such as the requirement for anonymity that disproportionately and negatively impacts BIPOC writers.
  • All manuscripts will be read with care, time, and concern. The editorial staff is composed of writers and understands how much effort goes into each manuscript.
  • Please ensure that no conflict of interest exists between you and any of the editors at FlowerSong Press. No one who has a personal relationship of any kind with any of the editors may be considered for the prize. Our masthead is available on the FlowerSong Press website.
  • All submissions will be read by at least two editors.
  • The editors will discuss the manuscripts and select a small group of semifinalists. The winner and finalists will then be selected from this group.
  • Finalists will be publicized prior to selection of the winner. Please do not query about the status of your submission.

Please send questions and submissions to [email protected] or through Duosuma at https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/the-2022-bougainvillea-poetry-prize-eY284.

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