Deadline Nears for Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize

Conduit Books & Ephemera is now accepting submissions for its Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Awarded annually for a manuscript by a poet writing in English who has not yet published a full-length poetry collection, the prize offers a cash award of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and thirty author copies. Bob Hicok will judge.

Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by July 5. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Last year’s prize winner was Rachel Abramowitz for her poetry collection, The Birthday of the Dead. Previous winners include Suphil Lee Park, Meg Shevenock, and Michelle Lewis. Launched in 2018, the prize is named for Hicok’s grandmother-in-law. “Marystina Santiestevan loved poetry, labor unions, animals, plants, and poets,” says Hicok. “When I met her and Henry, her husband, I enjoyed a most un-American experience: I was immediately treated as an honored guest in their house, even made to sit in Henry’s chair, just because I was a poet.” Before submitting to the contest, writers are advised to familiarize themselves with Conduit, the biannual journal affiliated with the press which “champions originality, intelligence, irreverence, and humanity.”