Contest Rules

Cloudbank offers two poetry and flash fiction prizes.

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize: $200 and publication of one poem or flash fiction.
The Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize: $1000 and publication of a full-length manuscript.

The Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize

  • The winner of the Vern Rutsala Poetry 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.
  • The judge this year is Gary Young.

Due date: October 31, 2017. Reading fee is $25.

  1. Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are acceptable.
  2. Revisions are not allowed during the contest.
  3. Manuscript submissions must be original. (If you include quotes from other works in your manuscript, please be sure they are clearly attributed to the author either on the same page or in a “Notes” section at the back of the manuscript.)
  4. Manuscripts must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
  5. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, although individual poems in a manuscript are still eligible for this contest if they have been previously published in print or web magazines, journals, anthologies, or on a personal website.
  6. Manuscripts should be 60 to 90 pages. Enclose two cover sheets with your submission, one with your contact information and one without.
  7. Postal submissions will not be returned. You can include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the contest results.

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize

  • Cloudbank is now accepting submissions for Cloudbank 12. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece.
  • 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.

Due date: Due date: February 28, 2018. Reading fee is $15.

  1. 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.)
  2. Submissions without payment will also be considered for publication but will not be eligible for the prize. We read submissions year-round.
  3. Please do not send more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less) for either the contest or regular submissions. The $15 fee covers up to five poems/flash fiction.
  4. 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.
  5. We accept electronic submissions through our submissions manager. Click here to submit.
  6. The submitted work may not have been published elsewhere, including online journals.
  7. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  8. Postal submissions will not be returned. You can include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the status of the submission.
  9. For those who do not enter the contest, one-year (two-issue) subscriptions to Cloudbank magazine are $15. Individual copies are $8.
  10. Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine.
  11. If you already have a subscription and want to enter the contest, your subscription will be renewed for two more issues.