We are honored that Lee Herrick has agreed to be the final judge for the 2018 Spacks Prize. He is the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire, and a third book, Scar and Flower, is forthcoming from Word Poetry Press in 2019. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, anthologies, and college textbooks, including The Bloomsbury Review, Columbia Poetry Review, The Normal School, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, and Visions Across the Americas, 8th edition, among others. He is a Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus and serves on the advisory board of The Adoption Museum Project. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months, he teaches at Fresno City College and in the MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.
The prize includes $500 and publication by Gunpowder Press with 50 author copies.
Entry fee is
$20, $25 includes entry and copy of the winning book ($15 cover price). Full details at gunpowderpress.com.
Word .doc or .docx preferred. Please include a table of contents and a page which acknowledges previous publication of individual poems. Entrant's names will be removed from manuscripts presented to the final judge. We ask that close friends or students of the judge show respect for the judge by refraining from submitting work for this award.
The 2017 Prize (final judge Jane Hirshfield) was awarded to Aaron Baker for his book Posthumous Noon
, which will be available in early 2018. The 2016 Prize (final judge Thomas Lux) was awarded to Kurt Olsson for his book Burning Down Disneyland
, which will be available early 2017. The inaugural Spacks Prize (final judge Dan Gerber) was awarded to Catherine Abbey Hodges in 2015 for her book Instead of Sadness
, released by Gunpowder Press in December 2015.