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IMPORTANT NOTICE
The Pearl Poetry Prize is not being offered in 2014.
The next competition will take place in 2015.

2015 PEARL POETRY PRIZE
$1,000 & BOOK PUBLICATION
Judge: to be announced


GUIDELINES 

MANUSCRIPTS should include a title page with the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; an acknowledgment page listing previously published poems; a table of contents, 48–64 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript. Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, pages numbered, and name should appear on title page only. Clear photocopies and computer print-outs are acceptable. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

PRIZE: In addition to publication and the $1,000 cash prize, the winner also receives 25 copies and a foreword by the finalist judge.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. Previous winners, as well as students, friends, and associates of the judge are not eligible.

ENTRY FEE: $25 per manuscript, payable to Pearl Editions.


JUDGING: The selection of manuscripts for final judging will be made by the editors of Pearl. All entries are read anonymously.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: May 1 – June 30th postmark. The winner will be announced and manuscripts returned after the first of next year.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Pearl Poetry Prize, 3030 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.

 

WINNERS OF THE PEARL POETRY PRIZE 1999-2011

2011: BOY SINGING TO CATTLE by Mark D. Hart
Judge: Andrea Carter Brown

2010: ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM by Jerry Neren
Judge: Christopher Buckley

2009: ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Kim Roberts
Judge: Debra Marquart

2008: SEE HOW WE ALMOST FLY by Alison Luterman
Judge: Gerald Locklin

2007: THROUGH THE GLORIETA PASS by Lavonne J. Adams
Judge: David Hernandez

2006: DENMARK, KANGAROO, ORANGE by Kevin Griffith
Judge: Denise Duhamel

2005: THIS BIG FAKE WORLD by Ada Limón
Judge: Frank X. Gaspar

2004: THE FARMGIRL POEMS by Elizabeth Oakes
Judge: Donna Hilbert

2003: EARTH'S ENDS by Andrew Kaufman
Judge: Fred Voss

2002: HOW JFK KILLED MY FATHER by Richard M. Berlin
Judge: Lisa Glatt

2001: TRIGGER FINGER by Micki Myers
Judge: Jim Daniels

2000: FROM SWEETNESS by Debra Marquart
Judge: Dorianne Laux

1999: FLUID IN DARKNESS, FROZEN IN LIGHT by Robert Perchan
Judge: Ed Ochester



PEARL SHORT STORY PRIZE
$250 & PUBLICATION IN PEARL


GUIDELINES

MANUSCRIPTS should typed, double-spaced, with name and address on the first page. Clear photocopies and computer print-outs are acceptable. Please include an SASE for reply or return of manuscript. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished stories only.

LENGTH: 4000 words maximum (about 15-16 manuscript pages).

PRIZE: In addition to the $250 cash prize, the winner also receives 10 copies of the issue the story appears in.

ENTRY FEE: $15 per story, payable to Pearl Magazine.

JUDGING: The winning story is selected by the editors of Pearl. Although we are open to all types of fiction, we look most favorably upon coherent, well-crafted narratives, containing interesting, believable characters and meaningful situations. All submissions are considered for publication in Pearl's annual fiction issue.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 1 – May 31 (postmark). The winner is announced and manuscripts returned in September.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Pearl Short Story Prize, 3030 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803


WINNERS OF THE PEARL SHORT STORY PRIZE

2013: "Decisions" by Julie Richie (forthcoming in Pearl 48, Spring/Summer 2014)

2012: "The Church Pew War" by Kathleen Davis (forthcoming in Pearl 48, Spring/Summer 2014)

2011: "What We Eat, Where We Live" by Irene Keliher (Pearl 46, Fall 2012)

2010: "Gone Missing" by Joan Corwin (Pearl 44, Spring/Summer 2011)

2009: "It Was Eden All Over, Says Old Annie" by Ruth Moon Kempher (Pearl 42, Spring/Summer 2010)

2008: "Stolen Things" by Erin Campbell (Pearl 40, Spring/Summer 2009)

2007: "Small for This World" by Sharon Reitman (Pearl 40, Spring/Summer 2009)

2006: "Forever 27" by James D. McCallister (Pearl 38, Fall/Winter 2007)

2005: "The Weight of It All" by Heidi Rosenberg (Pearl 36, Fall/Winter 2006)

2004: "Cry #7" by W. Joshua Heffernan (Pearl 36, Fall/Winter 2006)

2003: "Road of Five Churches" by Stephanie Dickinson (Pearl 34, Spring/Summer 2005).

2002: "Imago" by Linda Barnhart (Pearl 34, Spring/Summer 2005).

2001: "Back on Earth" by Quinn Dalton (Pearl 32, Spring/Summer 2003).

2000: "Breakfast With Charlie" by Holly L. Smith (Pearl 30, Summer 2001).

1999: "Nancy Treyger's #1 Fan" by John Brantingham (Pearl 30, Summer 2001).

1998: "A Momentary Lapse" by Gina Ochsner (Pearl 28, Fall 1999).

 



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