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Concrete Wolf Louis Poetry Book Award

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Poetry book award for poets age 50 and over who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection.

This award is named in honor of Lana Hechtman Ayers' grandfather, who began writing poetry in English very late in life. Grampa Louis' words helped inspire Lana's love of poetry.


Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2017

Prize: 75 Copies of a full-length, perfect-bound book

Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf.

Final Judge: Joseph Green [author of What Water Does at a Time Like This]

Winner will be announced in Fall 2017 and published Spring 2018.

Let us know if you need additional info:

For a copies of our previous publications, see our publications page.

Submission Guidelines

We accept both postal and email submissions.

We like a collection that feels more like a whole than a sampling of work. We have no preference as to formal or free verse.

48 to 60 pages of poetry, plus a table of contents and acknowledgements (if applicable).

Please number all your pages.

Include 2 cover sheets, one with title, author information (including email and phone), and one cover sheet just with the title.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions okay.

Notify us by email if you need to remove your book from consideration.

Postal Submissions:

Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf.

SASE for results only. Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Include a 10 by 12 postage-paid envelope stamped with $4.50 postage, if you'd like a copy of the winning book.

Mail to:

Concrete Wolf
PO Box 445
Tillamook, OR 97141

Email Submissions:

Pay the $30 contest fee with paypal.

If you want a copy of the winning book, pay a separate fee of $4.50.

Email the manuscript as a Word.doc file or .rtf file to .

Please include Paypal receipt(s).

*** Friends, family, colleagues, students, and present and former close associates of the judge and/or Concrete Wolf staff are not eligible to enter.