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SRPR Editors' Prize Contest 2017

Spoon River Poetry Review is pleased to remind all the poets of our annual Editors' Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Further guidelines are available at the contest page.

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SRPR Editors' Prize 2016 Contest Results

Nancy Hewitt, Winner - "The Secret of White"
Leila Chatti, First Runner-Up - "Ramadan Aubade"
Jennie Maria Malboeuf, Second Runner-Up - "Christ is a Great Blue Heron"
Leila Chatti, Honorable Mention - "Autumn Aubade with Pigeons"

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Issue 41.2 is Here!

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The Winter 2016 issue is out! Thank you, Editor Kirstin Hotelling Zona and Guest Poetry Editor Rebecca Hazelton, for a fierce, stunning issue. 41.2 includes cover art, "Fabric," by Central Illinois’s very own printmaker extraordinaire, Lisa Lofgren. 41.2 features the winners of the SRPR Editors’ Prize Contest (Judge, G.C. Waldrep)—First Place Winner, “The Secret of White” by Nancy Hewitt—as well as new poems by Ann Hudson, The SRPR Illinois Poet, with an introduction by and interview with Joanne Diaz, SRPR Feature Poet & Interview Editor. New poems by Kathryn Nuernberger, Shane McCrae, Traci Brimhall, Sandra Simmonds, Joseph Massey, Jacques J. Rancourt and Gretchen Primack, among many others. John Beer’s timely review essay articulates a theory of "the political lyric" in Nathaniel Mackey’s Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieu (Nightboat Books, 2015), Melissa Buzzeo’s The Devastation (Nightboat Books, 2015), and Tyehimba Jess’s Olio (Wave Books, 2016)—works, Beer writes, that “presume poetry as a form of art capable of speaking to the most profound and painful rifts in our culture." Table of Contents.


For nearly 40 years, SRPR has published the best of a wide range of contemporary poems in English and in translation. While you'll find many well-established poets in SRPR, we are always on the lookout for strong emerging writers, and delight in being the first to publish vibrant new voices. Each biannual issue of SRPR publishes dozens of new poems by contemporary poets from around the world; 10-12 pages of poetry by a featured poet with an Illinois connection; an in-depth interview with our featured poet; and a substantial, critically-informed review essay on new books of contemporary poetry.

Have fun browsing our website, where you can read selected poems from current and past issues as well as excerpts from SRPR Interviews and SRPR Review Essays. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and be sure to visit us on Facebook for SRPR news, event listings, and more. On our blog you'll find discussions on SRPR's poetics (that we call poetics of emplacement) forwarded by a diverse range of poets, scholars and/or critics. Also, on the blog you will find photos and audio recordings from the 2013 inaugural Lucia Getsi Reading Series.

Our regular reading period is between 9/15 and 2/15 annually; you can read about our guidelines here. And don't forget to check back in August, when we'll announce the winners of our Editors' Prize Contest!