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.

Back Issues
Contact Us
About Us

New from Cloudbank

Towline by Holly Karapetkova

Holly Karapetkova is the Winner of the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize from Cloudbank Books. Author Sandra Beasley describes the poems in this collection as calling on "traditions of myth, riddle and family rumor." Author Dan Albergotti says the book is "expansive, ranging in structure from the freest verse to the elegantly formal." Karapetkova is the chair of the Department of LIterature and Languages at Marymount University.

To order this book click here.




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.

Click here for additional information.

Individual copies of Cloudbank are $8 each. Subscriptions are $15 for two issues.
Ordering information 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

by 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.

To order this book click here.

More Cloudbank books click here.