Our annual $1500 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize is open!
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Two poems per entry;
40 lines or less

Entry fee is $20
(includes
a digital copy of Ruminate)

Deadline is May 15th (plus 3-day grace period)
Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (Hawai’i Dub Machine, 2011), and author of three collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008), from unincorporated territory [saina](Omnidawn, 2010), and from unincorporated territory [guma'] (Omnidawn, 2014). He has been a finalist for the LA Times 2010 Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry.

He is director of the Creative Writing program and an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and creative writing.
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"I can’t speak for all writers, but I do think I am not alone in wanting, more than anything, to be read. Read with intention. Read with appreciation. Read with pleasure. Read more than once by the same person. I will always strive for this. And no singular accomplishment has impacted this more than the Janet B McCabe Prize."
—Maggie Blake Bailey, winner of Ruminate's 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Her poem, "Elizabeth Asks" appears in Issue 45: Unfinished.

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

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