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2021 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize

Open for submissions February 1 – April 30, 2021

Fee: $20 per manuscript entry

Submit online at: https://tinyurl.com/HillaryGravendykPrize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Inlandia Institute are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection by a poet residing in Inland Southern California, including Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and any non-coastal area of Southern California, from Death Valley to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

About the 2021 Judges

Margaret Ronda is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California-Davis, where she teaches American poetry and environmental theory and literature. She is the author of two books of poems, Personification (Saturnalia Books, 2010) and For Hunger (2018), and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature’s End (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Megan Gravendyk-Estrella is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Poet. Megan is a two-time winner of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the author of the Seattle Young Playwrights prize winning short play, Good Evening Mrs. Gerfella. Megan lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Jose and his daughter, Sofia. Hillary and Megan wrote together their entire lives and attended the Napa Valley Writers Workshop. Prior to Hillary’s passing, the sister’s work-shopped poetry and short fiction together, including many poems in Hillary’s book, HARM.

Hillary Gravendyk, a beloved poet living and teaching in Southern California’s Inland region was author of the acclaimed HARM (Omnidawn, 2012) and the posthumously published, The Soluble Hour (Omnidawn, 2017)and Unlikely Conditions (1913 Press, 2017, with Cynthia Arrieu-King). Hillary was two-time winner of the Eisner Prize in Poetry and her Pushcart prize-winning “Your Ghost” is included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

When she died, aged 35, after a long illness, Inlandia established the Hillary Gravendyk Prize for full-length manuscripts, one national and one for Gravendyk’s own Inland Empire region.

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