Contest Rules

Cloudbank offers two poetry/flash fiction prizes.

The Vern Rutsala Book Prize

Due date October 31, 2018

• The winner of the Vern Rutsala Book Prize wins an immediate cash prize of $1000 and publication of his or her book with a full color cover.
• Cloudbank poetry editors seek a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, and aesthetics (for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, flash fiction, etc).
• Electronic and postal submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Click here to access our online submission manager. Our mailing address is: Cloudbank Books, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339. Mailed submissions should include two cover pages, one with title only. Mailed submissions are not returned.
• The judge this year is Christopher Buckley.
• All writers who enter the contest will receive a free back issue of Cloudbank magazine or a copy of Towline, winner of the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize 2016. Indicate your selection in your cover letter.
Due date: October 31, 2018. Reading fee is $25.

The Cloudbank Prize

Due date February 28, 2019

  • Cloudbank is now accepting submissions for Cloudbank 13. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or flash fiction.
  • Electronic and postal submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Click here to access our online submission manager. Our mailing address is: Cloudbank Books, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339.
  • If submitting by mail, the check should be made out to Cloudbank. All writers who enter the contest will receive a two-issue subscription to Cloudbank magazine. (Your subscription will start with the current issue of Cloudbank, unless you request the next issue.)
  • Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
  • Please do not send more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less) for either the contest or regular submissions. A $15 fee covers up to five poems/flash fiction entries.
  • For contest submissions sent by mail, the writer’s name, address, email address, and the titles of the poems being submitted should be typed on a cover sheet only, not on the pages of poems or flash fiction.
  • We accept electronic submissions through our submissions manager. Click here to submit.
  • The submitted work may not have been published elsewhere, including online journals.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Postal submissions will not be returned. You can include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the status of the submission.
  • For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15. Individual copies are $8.
  • Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
    If you already have a subscription and want to enter the contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.