Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize

Prize: $300 cash prize. Winner and all finalists will receive a one-volume subscription to CALYX Journal and publication on CALYX’s website.

Dates: March 1 – June 30, 2017, postmarked

Judge: Alicia Ostriker

Please submit up to three unpublished poems (six pages maximum). Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. The CALYX editorial collective reads all manuscripts first, then selects 10-20 finalists to send to the final judge.

For postal submissions:

Please send up to three unpublished poems (six pages maximum), cover letter with name and contact information, and $15 reading fee (checks payable to CALYX, Inc.).

                  Send materials to:

                  CALYX, Inc.

                  Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize

                  PO Box B

                  Corvallis, OR 97339

For online submissions:

Please upload three unpublished poems (six pages maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdx file to our online submission manager.  Reading fee ($15 + $1 paypal processing fee) is payable with Visa or Mastercard through our secure online payment portal. Do not include name on poems—submissions will be read blind.

(photo credit J.P. Ostriker)

This Year’s Judge

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog, and Waiting for the Light. She has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award among other honors. As a critic she is the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and other books on poetry and the Bible. She is a distinguished Professor Emerita of Rutgers University, teaches in the low-residencey Poetry MFA at Drew University, and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


About the Contest

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 sixteenth year, this poetry prize in her name honors the memory of her commitment to the creative work of women from all walks of life.