Milkweed Expands Regional Poetry Prizes

Milkweed Editions will rename the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the largest regional poetry prize in the country, as the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. The prize will offer expanded eligibility, adding Michigan to the list of eligible states of residence for entrants in the upper Midwest. The 2019 judge will be poet, essayist, and literary translator Khaled Mattawa.

Expanding on the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, which was established in 2011, the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry supports outstanding poets from the upper Midwest. The prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet at any stage in their career residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. The prizewinning poet will also receive a standard royalty contract, national distribution, and a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign.

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