Sep 13, 2006    #140
Contact: Nick Barron

Literary contest deadlines announced

BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is now accepting submissions for both the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. The postmark deadline for both contests is Jan. 16, 2007.

To be eligible, manuscripts for both contests must be typed and written in English. Poetry manuscripts should be approximately 50 to 110 pages long (single-spaced), while manuscripts for short fiction should be approximately 150 to 300 pages long (double-spaced). Judging will be blind at all levels; a network of published writers and editors will conduct the preliminary judging. Writers of national prominence will conduct the final judging. The contest fee is $25.

To obtain a full copy of the guidelines, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry or the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, or check the guidelines online at

The 2006 contest winners include Paula Bonnell and Naomi Benaron. Bonnell won the Ciardi Prize for his book Voices, selected by Mark Jarman, and Benaron won the Chandra Prize for her book Love Letters From a Fat Man, selected by Stuart Dybek. BkMk Press also recently published the winner of the 2005 Chandra Prize, Necessary Lies, by Kerry Neville Bakken, and will publish the 2005 Ciardi Prize winner, Wayne’s College of Beauty, by David Swanger, in the fall.

BkMk Press founded the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry in 1998 and the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction in 2001 to honor the memories of their namesakes—both professors at UMKC. John Ciardi taught at what was then the University of Kansas City in the 1940s and later became a nationally recognized figure in poetry and the world of letters. G.S. Sharat Chandra taught at UMKC prior to his death in 2000 and authored eight books and three chapbooks. His work also appeared widely in several national publications.

BkMk Press was founded in 1971 and became a part of UMKC in 1983. The press publishes fine literature by contemporary authors. Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, by UMKC, and by private donations. Media review copies of published works may be requested by calling (816) 235-2558.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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