From Homer to Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti to Poe, Robert Frost to Elizabeth Bishop, and Robinson Jeffers to Marilyn Nelson, poetry that tells a story has long informed human cultures. In line with our mission to reclaim the strands of old stories we didn’t need to lose and invent new stories we now need, we invite story-telling poems about the environment and our place in it.
Named for master storyteller and founding editor of Cold Mountain Review, this $500 prize honors a narrative poem on an ecological and/or eco-justice theme (broadly defined).
Poems may be long or short; they may be ballads, dramatic monologues, linear narratives, lyric narratives, and other hybrids. We are as open to new ways of telling stories through poetry as we are to new narratives of environmental justice.
All submissions will be considered for publication in the spring issue of CMR. The entry fee is $10, and the deadline is March 15, 2018.