Cloudbank Books offers two cash prizes: the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize of $1000, plus publication, for a full-length collection of poetry and/or flash fiction; and a $200 prize for one poem in each issue of Cloudbank magazine. To see Guidelines for both contests click here.

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We read submissions to Cloudbank all year long.
Submissions for the 2017 Vern Rutsala Book Contest are due Oct. 31, 2016.

Cloudbank 10, 2016

Cloudbank 10 includes poetry and flash fiction by Emma Bolden, Diane Louie, Kim Stafford, Linda Ferguson, Richard Jones, Christopher Howell, Maggie Kennedy, Christopher Buckley, and others. Bunch of Animals by Henry Hughes and Dark Energy by Robert Morgan are reviewed.

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Individual copies of Cloudbank are $8 each. Subscriptions are $15 for two issues.
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Submissions for the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2016. A $1,000 prize will be given for a full-length book manuscript of poems and/or flash fiction. For Contest Guidelines click here.

We are now accepting poems and short prose for Cloudbank 11. Contest Guidelines click here. General Submission Guidelines click here.

Bunch of Animals      Henry Hughes

Reviewing Henry Hughes collection, Moist Meridian, Robert Pinsky praised the “alertness, generosity, irony and candor of poems” that were “endlessly curious about relationships . . . abiding, fearful, but engaging mystery.” That mystery is intensified in Bunch of Animals where we experience black dragon fish at a thousand fathoms, eels tunneling through soft mud, earwigs wriggling out of shingles, swans winging high above, laboratory monkeys escaping cages, and cats slinking into our dreams. With deep scientific and artistic imagining, these poems allow us to explore, reconsider, and celebrate the intimacies and distances of our bestial bonds.

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