After Promoting Translation, Amazon Moves on to Poetry

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Amazon is holding a poetry contest that offers  $5,000 in prize money along with a contract with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint.

By Dennis Abrams

Amazon Publishing has announced a call for submissions for the Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets.

Cornelius Eady will serve as one of the judges for Amazon's 2015 poetry contest.

Cornelius Eady will serve as one of the judges for Amazon’s 2015 poetry contest.

The contest will be judged by poets Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown, and Kimiko Hahn. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money along with a publishing contract (complete with $2,000 advance) with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint.

Poets who have published no more than one book of poetry have until December 20, 2015, to submit their full-length collections to LittleAPoetry@amazon.com. The judges will select a winner based on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content, and creativity of language. The winner will be announced Spring of 2016 and Little A plans to publish the winner’s manuscript in both paperback and eBook editions in the Spring of 2017. Morgan Parker, Little A Editor and Pushcart Prize-winning poet, will edit the winner’s book.

“As part of Little A’s commitment to the discovery of new literary talent, we’re expanding to become a home for emerging poets and their work,” said David Blum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Little A. “We hope this open call for submissions will lead to a new and vibrant showcase for poetry collections. We’re especially pleased that three prominent American poets—Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn—serve as the judges for the first Little A Poetry Contest.”

“I’m overjoyed to be involved with this contest and look forward to reading the submissions,” said Jericho Brown, one of the three judges for the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest. “There are so many talented emerging poets working today that are deserving of an audience and I’m excited to help get their work published.”

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Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.