Wicked Woman Book Prize

The Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Book Prize

2019-20 SUBMISSION PERIOD – September 3, 2019 – January 3, 2020

The WWBP is looking for book-length poetry collections thematically connected by the “wicked woman” theme.  Both “wicked” and “woman” can be interpreted in many ways; poet’s choice.  A good example of the kind of manuscripts we’re looking for is Kathi Wolfe’s THE UPPITY BLIND GIRL POEMS, winner of a recent BrickHouse Books Stonewall Competition.

Submit your work using Submittable.  Send a cover letter including the title of your submission along with one document, preferably in Word, containing between 42 and 64 pages of poetry.  Your name should not appear on the poetry document.

Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books.

Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year’s judge (through a college, university, a community program, residency, or private tutorial) within the last two years is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.

Note: Visually impaired poets can submit to BhB’s director and editor in chief Clarinda Harriss at clarindaharriss13@gmail.com and mail the entry fee to BhB, Inc., 306 Suffolk Road, Baltimore, MD 21218-2521.

Prize: $250 and publication of your book by BrickHouse Books, Inc.

Entry fee: $10.  BhB, Inc. is a not-for-profit literary press. We operate on a shoestring budget.  Your entry fee helps keep us afloat.

The Charlene Kushner Wicked Woman Book Prize began its inaugural competition on September 1, 2018.

Judge for the 2019-20 competition: Katherine Young

Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards and two chapbooks. She was a 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Subtropics, and many others. She is the translator of Farewell, Aylis by Akram Aylisli, as well as Blue Birds and Red Horses and Two Poems by Inna Kabysh; her translations of classic and contemporary Russian-language writers have won international awards. Young was named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and from 2016-2018 served as the inaugural poet laureate of Arlington, Virginia.

Winner of the 2018 competition: Linda Quinlan
Judge for the 2018 competition: Rose Solari

Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland; Arizona State University, Tempe; and The Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Oxford in England. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism. She is currently at work on a second novel.