Moon City Poetry Award

Announcing the Finalists of the 2022 Moon City Poetry Award

The editors of Moon City Press are thrilled to announce the finalists for its 2022 Moon City Poetry Award competition. They are as follows:

Michael Chang

Yevheiia Chumak

Erika Eckart

Rae Gouirand

Peter Grandbois

Alyse Knorr

Theresa Monteiro

Darren Morris

Julia Anna Morrison

Ronda Piszk Broatch

Uzomah Ugwu

Series editor Karen Craigo will choose one winner from amongst these eleven, and that manuscript will be published by Moon City Press. The winning author will also receive the $1,000 prize.

As our competition begins anew each year, we seek entries for the 2023 competition. The link for this contest is as follows:

Moon City Press Submission Manager – The 2023 Moon City Poetry Award (

Congrats to all the finalists, and our heartfelt gratitude to all the writers who enter as well as all of our readers.

The 2023 Moon City Poetry Award

• The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original collection of poems written in English by a single author.

• Individual poems in the collection may be published in periodicals or may have appeared in a chapbook, but poems should not be previously published in full-length manuscript form.

• Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press, its editors, or its judges, past or present. Students, faculty, alumni, and staff of Missouri State University, past or present, are also ineligible.

• Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages long. Manuscripts should be submitted here, via Submittable,

• A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.

• Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

• Deadline: May 1, 2023. Winners will be notified in Fall 2023, and the book will be published in 2024.

• First prize: $1,000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

• For questions, please contact Editor Karen Craigo at

Past Winners Of The Moon City Poetry Award:

2021: Adam Scheffler, Heartworm

2020: Claudia Putnam, The Land of Stone and River

2019: Bret Shepard, Place Where Presence Was

2018: Kathy Goodkin, Crybaby Bridge

2017: Clayton Adam Clark, A Finitude of Skin

2016: Kerri French, Every Room in the Body

2015: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Field Guide to the End of the World

2014: Sarah Freligh, Sad Math

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