Vern Rutsala Book Prize

Cloudbank’s Vern Rutsala Book Contest for 2024 is closed for submissions at this time. Please consider submitting to next year’s contest. Details will be posted this summer.

A prize of $1,000 is awarded, plus publication of the manuscript and 50 free books.

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.
  • The first 50 writers submitting to the contest receive a Cloudbank book or journal.
  • 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 appreciate a wide range of styles, approaches, forms, and aesthetics; we welcome prose poems and flash fiction.