Established in 1998, Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit independent press—publishes poetry titles by emerging as well as established poets, and makes available other fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. Lost Horse Press is dedicated to works—often ignored by conglomerate publishers—which are so much in danger of vanishing into obscurity in what has become the age of chain stores and mass appeal food, movies, art and books.
LOST HORSE PRESS is now accepting submissions for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2018. All US poets are eligible! Entries must be postmarked by 15 May 2018, winners will be announced by 15 August 2018. The contest carries a $1000 cash prize, 20 comp author copies, plus publication by Lost Horse Press. An entry fee of $28.00 via PayPal will be charged when you submit your manuscript online using Submittable.com. The 2018 Final Judge is Piotr Florczyk.
The winner of the 2017 Idaho Prize for Poetry, selected by Robert Wrigley, is Erica Funkhouser with her manuscript, POST & RAIL.
"I’m fascinated by the formal deftness of these couplets—three per page of almost exactly the same length (without word-processing assistance)—which are, yes, a set of fence rails (and I love the invisible, stolid posts). There are readers who would find that sort of strategy suspect: the idea that a formal or structural device could shape a collection in a meaningful way. But in this case, it is so very well done. The collection’s personal, at least historically personal—family history, in which we get to know an evermore silent coal miner father and a eerily silent-but-communicative mother, as well as the fences, literal and figurative, that keep them separate and together. The family is the fence and the fence is the family; we’re on one side, and we’re on the other side of those rails. Add to this certain aspects of astronomical physics (black holes, the big bang, the sound of the universe speaking), and the book is both modest and immensely ambitious. Finally, in regards to a blind evaluation: most of the way through the manuscript, I’m unaware of the poet’s gender. I gather, from a later poem, that the poet may be a woman, but I’m not ready to bet yet. There’s something wonderful about that."
—Robert Wrigley, Final Judge 2017
ABOUT THE WINNING POET
Erica Funkhouser’s most recent book of poems, Earthly, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April of 2008. Other Houghton Mifflin titles include Pursuit (2002), The Actual World (1997) and Sure Shot And Other Poems (1992). Natural Affinities was published by Alice James Books in 1983. Included in Sure Shot are three dramatic monologues in the voices of 19th century American women: Sacagawea, Louisa May Alcott, and Annie Oakley. The Oakley poem was adapted for the stage and produced by the Helicon Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Funkhouser’s work on Sacagawea led her to become involved with the production of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and her essay on Sacagawea appears in Ken Burns’ and Dayton Duncan’s Lewis and Clark (Knopf, 1997). “Singing in Dark Times,” an essay on war poetry, appeared in the Autumn 2005 issue of The Harvard Review, and a story, Snapper, appeared in The Massachusetts Review in 2006. Funkhouser’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Poetry and other magazines; one of her poems has been sand-blasted into the wall of the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville, MA. Educated at Vassar College (BA) and Stanford University (MA), Funkhouser was honored as a Literary Light by The Boston Public Library in 2002 and in 2007 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. She lives in Essex, MA and teaches at MIT.
The 2017 SHORT LIST
Sketches for the Summer Maudlin by Stephen Priest
Coracle by Emily Tuszynska
Posthumous Noon by Aaron Baker
November by Samn Stockwell
In-Migration by Kimberly Kruge
Falling Sick While Dreaming by Stuart Greenhouse
Naming the Lifeboat by Justin Gardiner
Bizarre by Nathaniel Perry
Love Letters by Laure McKee
Archangelly by Allen Peterson
The Infinity Room by Gary Fincke
[ganbatte] by Sarah Kortemeier
You Won’t Find it On a Map by Kathryn Hunt
Wild Honey, Tough Salt by Kim Stafford
LOST HORSE PRESS thanks all poets who submitted their work to The Idaho Prize for Poetry 2017; thanks to our First Readers for their keen reading skills; a hearty thank you to Robert Wrigley, Final Judge, for his insightful choice; and, most of all, congratulations to Erica Funkhouser.
LOST HORSE PRESS is now accepting submissions for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2018. All US poets are eligible! Entries must be postmarked by 15 May 2018, winners will be announced by 15 August 2018. The contest carries a $1000 cash prize, 20 comp author copies of the book, plus publication by Lost Horse Press. An entry fee of $28.00 (via PayPal) will be charged when you submit your manuscript online using Submittable.com. The Final Judge for 2018 is Piotr Florczyk.
Send manuscripts of 48 or more pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12 point type in an easily readable font. Poems may have appeared in journals and chapbooks, but not in full-length, single-author collections.
Name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of poetry collection should appear on the cover letter only. The goal is “blind” judging. Author’s name should not appear anywhere in manuscript except the cover letter.
No restriction on content, style, or subject—we’re looking for the best writing.
You will be charged $28.00 for your submission. Of this, a portion is a credit card fee, the rest goes to Submittable.com, who designed the program and provide support for it. To submit online: http://losthorsepress.submittable.com/submit