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2019 Concrete Wolf Louis Poetry Book Award       [Closed]

Poetry book award for poets age 50 and over who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection.

This award is named in honor of Lana Hechtman Ayers' grandfather, who began writing poetry in English very late in life. Grampa Louis' words helped inspire Lana's love of poetry.


Postmark Deadline: April 6, 2019

Prize: 100 Copies of a full-length, perfect-bound book

Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf.

Final Judge: Amy Miller [author of The Trouble With New England Girls]

Winner will be announced in Summer 2019 and published early in 2020.

Let us know if you need additional info:

For a copies of our previous publications, see our publications page.

Submission Guidelines

We accept both postal and email submissions.

We like a collection that feels more like a whole than a sampling of work. We have no preference as to formal or free verse.

48 to 60 pages of poetry, plus a table of contents and acknowledgements (if applicable).

Please number all your pages.

Include 2 cover sheets, one with title, author information (including email and phone), and one cover sheet just with the title.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions okay.

Notify us by email if you need to remove your book from consideration.

Postal Submissions:

Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf.

SASE for results only. Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Include a 10 by 12 postage-paid envelope stamped with $4.50 postage, if you'd like a copy of the winning book.

Mail to:

Concrete Wolf
PO Box 445
Tillamook, OR 97141

Email Submissions:

Pay the $30 contest fee with paypal.

If you want a copy of the winning book, pay a separate fee of $4.50.

Email the manuscript as a Word.doc file or .rtf file to .

Please include Paypal receipt(s).

*** Friends, family, colleagues, students, and present and former close associates of the judge and/or Concrete Wolf staff are not eligible to enter.