Our finalist judge--Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen--will determine the winner through a blind review process. Every year we select two MVP winners, one for poetry and one for prose. Each award winner receives $1000 upon publication of his or her manuscript, 10 free copies and our author's discount on additional copies, and national distribution. Our finalists for our 2013 competition are:
Julie Gard (Duluth, Minnesota) for Home Studies.
Amir Hussain (Minneapolis, Minnesota) for Pastorical
Bonnie Kwong (Richmond, California) for Ravel
Michelle Matthees (Duluth, Minnesota) for Flucht
Minh Pham (Corona, California) for Chaos Bird
Caitlin Scarano (Fairbanks, Alaska) for The White Dog Year
Joannie Stangeland (Seattle, Washington) for On the Desire Line
Fritz Ward (Rutledge, Pennsylvania) for Dear Cannibal
Julie Gard's publications include two chapbooks, Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger's Eye Press) and Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press). She lives in Duluth, Minnesota and is Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior. www.juliegard.com.
Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is a poet and software developer who has lived in nine states and two continents. Writing is a way for her to traverse seen and unseen geographies. Her poem "Cartographies" was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.
Michelle Matthees’ work can be found in Memorious, PANK, The Prose Poem Project, 22 Magazine, and Cider Press Review. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, she lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
Minh Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam and became a Riverside, California native at age eight. He received his M.F.A. from U.C. Riverside. His poetry has been published in Kartika Review, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, and others.
Joannie Stangeland is the author of In Both Hands and Into the Rumored Spring, both published by Ravenna Press, and two chapbooks. Her poems have also appeared in Off the Coast, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and other journals.
Fritz Ward lives just outside of Philadelphia and works at Swarthmore College. His manuscript has been a finalist and semi-finalist for the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Prize, the National Poetry Series, and several other prizes.