Deadline Approaches for Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize

Submissions are still open for the annual Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize! Offered for an “original Anglophone” poetry collection by a writer of Asian heritage living anywhere in the world, this award includes an increased monetary prize of $1,500 and publication by Gaudy Boy in the United States and Singapore. Emerging and established poets are eligible to apply.

To submit, e-mail a manuscript of 70 to 120 pages written in English and a short cover letter with a $10 entry fee by May 15. Yeow Kai Chai will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

An imprint of the New York City–based literary nonprofit Singapore Unbound, Gaudy Boy publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction “of extraordinary merit by Asian voices.”  The name Gaudy Boy comes from both a poem entitled “Gaudy Turnout” by Singaporean poet Arthur Yap and the Latin word gaudium, meaning “joy”; the press aims to “delight [their] readers with the various powers of art.” In August five finalists for their Poetry Book Prize will be announced and invited to participate in a September reading, where the winner will be announced. The prizewinning manuscript will be published in spring 2023. Previous winners include Lawrence Lacambra Ypil for The Experiment of the Tropics, Jenifer Sang Eun Park for Autobiography of Horse, and Paula Mendoza for Play for Time