22nd Annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize

Call to Artists

Deadline for Submissions: June 30

The 22nd Annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize is open for submissions through June 30. Poets may submit up to three previously unpublished poems for a chance at a $300 cash prize and publication in CALYX Journal, Vol. 33:3. The winner and up to three runners-up will also have their work published on the website and receive a one-volume subscription to CALYX Journal.

Submit online or send a hard copy to CALYX Press, PO Box B, Corvallis, OR 97339. This is a blind submission contest and includes a $15 reading fee. Visit the website to see full guidelines and to read the winning submissions from previous years.

This year’s final judge is Sibyl James, the author of thirteen books–poetry, fiction and travel memoirs–including In Chinawith Harpo and Karl (CALYX Books), The Adventures of Stout Mama (Papier-Mache Press), China Beats (Egress Studio Press), The Last Woro Woro to Treichville: A West African Memoir (StringTown Press), The Grand Piano Range (Black Heron Press) and most recently The Mother of Invention (a children’s book from CALYX). She has taught at colleges in the U.S., China, Mexico, and–as Fulbright professor–Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire. As writer in residence, she has worked for the Washington State Arts Commission, the Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Arts and Lectures, and the Seattle School District. Her writing has received awards from Artist Trust and the Seattle, King County and Washington State arts commissions.

Lois Cranston was an editor for CALYX Journal for more than ten years. Her remarkable life experiences and knowledge of literature enriched the editorial collective and the journal issues she helped edit. In its twenty-second year, this poetry prize in her name honors the memory of her commitment to the creative work of women from all walks of life.

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