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Bougainvillea Poetry Prize 1

A project of FlowerSong Press (see other related projects).


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.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2021

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed

Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All sexual identities.
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Society/Culture (Ethnicity/Race, Social issues, See guidelines).
TypeLength Details
Poetry Collection Poetry Collection60 - 120 pages.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + Unknown royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Unknown royalties.
OK No No OK OKText format submissions
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Last Updated: 01 Jul 2022
Last Checked: 28 Jul 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 26 May 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 30 Nov 2021

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