Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Poetry Prize from YellowJacket Press

YellowJacket Press announced the establishment of the Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook. Long considered a Florida treasure, Peter Meinke was the director of the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for over 20 years and is the author of over a dozen poetry, fiction and nonfiction books, including The Contracted World: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press) and The Shape of Poetry, (The Writer, Inc.). In 2009, Meinke was appointed the first ever Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. For more information about Peter Meinke, see his website at

Poetry manuscripts for the Peter Meinke Prize should be no longer than 24 pages, including title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida. Include a brief bio, date you became a Florida resident, notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable, and SASE. The contest is free, but only one manuscript per contestant may be submitted.

Submissions must be postmarked between February 15-25, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011, the same date upon which YellowJacket Press will announce the winner of its Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. The winner of the Peter Meinke Prize will receive 30 copies of his/her book, $100 and will be invited to read with Meinke and other poets during the National Poetry Month reading in April.

Send submissions to: YellowJacket Press, Peter Meinke Prize, c/o Gianna Russo,

1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions.