One of the largest annual regional poetry prizes, the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry celebrates a region rich with poetic heritage and seeks to support poets residing in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Srikanth Reddy has been named as the 2017 judge. Submissions for the prize, now in its sixth year, will be open from January 2–February 15. There is no fee to submit.
Submissions / Awards & Prizes
News / Submissions
As 2016 comes to a close, our staff is eagerly looking to 2017—and new submissions periods! In order to facilitate a timely response, we will open separately for each genre. Additionally, Milkweed Editions participates in three annual poetry prizes—two of which offer $10,000 purses: the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the National Poetry Series, and (in collaboration with Copper Nickel) the Jake Adam York Prize. For complete guidelines and access to our Submittable page, hop over to our submissions page: milkweed.org/submissions.
News / Bookstore
We are excited to take a risk at Milkweed Books on stocking great literary writing and engaging new audiences in inventive ways. Here's a look at all we have in store, and how you can get involved.
Authors / News
One Friday afternoon this past May, I received an email from Martha Collins. She asked me to consider a manuscript by a young poet named Max Ritvo. Jean Valentine had selected his work for a chapbook competition, Martha explained, and Lucie Brock-Broido had selected some of the poems in the manuscript for publication in the Boston Review. Martha added only that there was some urgency, as an illness had thrust this young man into what would become the final stage of his life.
A couple months ago, we announced plans to open Milkweed Books—a new nonprofit, independent bookstore with big ambitions. At Milkweed Books, we'll be selling our books alongside others published by our fellow independent and nonprofit presses, who, like us, are working to bring groundbreaking literary art to the marketplace.
News / Awards & Prizes
We are pleased to announce that Chris Santiago is the winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. For his manuscript, Tula, chosen from nearly two hundred collections from poets across the Upper Midwest, Santiago will receive $10,000 as well as publication by Milkweed Editions.
A first-generation Filipino American, Chris Santiago is fascinated by the familiarity and mystique of language. “When I hear someone speak Tagalog, I recognize it immediately, but don’t know what they are saying,”...