Contest Guidelines

Cloudbank’s Vern Rutsala Book Contest 2023 is open for submissions.

A prize of $1,000 is awarded, plus publication of the manuscript.

Submissions will be accepted through October 31, 2022

The first 50 writers submitting to the contest receive a Cloudbank book or journal.

• Submit 60 to 90 pages of poetry and/or flash fiction, including a Table of Contents and Acknowledgments page. Reading fee is $25.
• Electronic and postal submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations.
• To submit electronically through our submissions manager click here.
• To submit by mail send manuscript to: Cloudbank Books, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339-0610. Make check for fee out to Cloudbank. Mailed submissions are not returned. A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) can be included for notification of the judge’s decision.
• Submissions should include two title pages, one with title only, one with title and author name.
• Cloudbank editors seek a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, and aesthetics, for example: lyric, prose poems, experimental, flash fiction, etc.
• This year’s final judge is Robert Morgan.

NOTE: The Cloudbank 17 Contest is currently closed to submissions. The opening date for that contest is Nov. 1, 2022.