KR, in partnership with Salt Publishing, UK, and the award-winning Earthworks Book Series, announces a competition for a first or second collection of poems by an Indigenous writer. The winning volume will be published by Salt, and the winning poet will give a reading at Kenyon College and receive a $1,000 honorarium.
Founded in 2005, Salt’s award-winning Earthworks Series has published volumes by such noteworthy authors as Diane Glancy, Carter Revard, and LeAnne Howe. Described in 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the most interesting project in American poetry,” Earthworks is the first series by a major international press to focus on Indigenous writing. According to the founding editor Janet McAdams, “The Earthworks Series was founded with a strong commitment to publishing and promoting new Indigenous writers, and it’s been a privilege to publish first books by Phillip Carroll Morgan, Molly McGlennen, and Qwo-Li Driskill. Through this new competition, we hope to expand the readership for some of the most exciting and vital writing in the world.” In 2008, the series expanded to include translation of Latin American poetry, edited by Katherine M. Hedeen and Victor Rodríguez-Núñez.
“Under the leadership of Janet McAdams, Earthworks has consistently brought to an international audience exceptional poetry by Indigenous authors,” said KR Editor David Lynn. “The new collaboration between Earthworks and The Kenyon Review will build on the strengths of both, advancing the mission of KR to discover and support younger writers of exceptional talent and of Earthworks to identify Indigenous authors who, traditionally, have faced barriers to having their work published and celebrated.”
Submissions will be accepted throughout the month of August. Guidelines for the competition and a link to submit manuscripts may be found here.