from Omnidawn press


The 2011 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest

is accepting both electronic and postal submissions.

Omnidawn Publishing’s second annual chapbook contest

is open to all poets writing in English.

Judged by Ben Lerner.
Prize includes $1,000,

Fall 2012 publication by Omnidawn &

100 complimentary copies of the chapbook.

The entry fee is $15. All entrants

automatically will receive a copy of

the winning chapbook upon its publication.

Submission period: January 1 to February 28, 2011.

Accepting both electronic

and postal submissions.

For details, click on this web address:

or paste this URL into your browser.

The Man Who Lost His Head, cover imagephoto of Zach Savich  

2010 Chapbook Winner:
Zach Savich’s
The Man Who Lost His Head
will be available early February 2011.

We will be mailing the chapbook to all 2010 entrants who requested it

in about two weeks.


Zach Savich’s The Man Who Lost His Head wrestles with the irrational rationality of life as we dimly perceive it. Yet these poems elicit, like the ambiguity of life itself, our most fervent and strange fidelities. There’s such a thing as a willed poetic ignorance: it forms its own epistemological haven, and these poems live in that locale.  Thus the poet can ask “Does dark mean blank?” and, in the very asking, expand the horizon of possibility (that is, knowing) by which we recognize the interchangeability of absence and desire.  In that dark, we grope into and through the rudiments of our own longing, “melted to its presences.”  When Savich writes “I suppose I do believe in nothing,” his words resound as a positive statement of belief.
–Elizabeth Robinson, 2010 chapbook contest judge 

The five finalists for the 2010 contest were:

The City Salutes Itself
, by Jackie Clark (Jersey City, NJ)

verbs without a past, by Robin Powlesland (Taos, NM)
Dogbook, by Kate Schapira (Providence, RI)
Quarry, by Shannon Tharp (Seattle, WA)
Break-Night Dawn, by Erin Wilson (Berkeley, CA)

(Names listed in alphabetical order; no ranking order to finalists.)

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Omnidawn Staff:
Rusty Morrison & Ken Keegan, senior editors & publishers,
Rebecca Stoddard, assistant editor
Cassandra Smith, poetry editor
Craig Santos Perez, blog editor
Sara Mumolo, poetry editor
Gillian Hamel, poetry editor & web publicity manager
Meg Hurtado, blog reviews editor
Sarah Louise Green, bookstore outreach manager  

Omnidawn phone: 510-237-5472 & fax: 510-232-8525


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