The Press is very pleased to announce that the 2021 Poetry Contest is about to get underway. As in previous years, the prizes will once again be $500 and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third. Entries will be accepted up to the (postmark) deadline of April 30th.
Entrants can send up to four previously unpublished, original poems (no translations), along with a cover letter, a SASE, and the $14 entry fee to:
The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
Once again, as in previous years, the Contest judges will select poets from whom chapbook manuscripts will be invited. It is from responses to these invitations that chapbooks will be chosen for publication during the 2022 year. Usually, Orchard Street selects about twelve-fifteen chapbooks for publication. In 2021, The Press is publishing fifteen chapbooks from entrants to the 2020 Contest.
Specifics: Submitted poems must be typed, single-spaced, with no individual poem longer than two pages. The poet should not have his/her name on the individual poems; the pieces should be identified in the cover letter that should also include contact information (address, phone, and email) as well as a short author bio.
The Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize
Each year, the First Prize winner in the annual Poetry Contest is also awarded the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize from Orchard Street. The prize is named after two women (Louise Malovrh and Claire Fenlon whose influence on their children played a significant role in the DNA of Orchard Street.
The following text appears on the award itself:
Before they were wives, mothers, and grandmothers,
Louise Malovrh and Claire Fenlon were young women
who loved poetry; and, though they never had the
opportunity to study poetry in any formal sense, they
never let that passion fade. And even as life caught
them up in the labors of their every day, they passed
that love of poetry on to their children and, through
them, into the expanding worlds of their families and
beyond where that love flourishes and grows to this
day. The Orchard Street Press proudly names its annual
Poetry Prize to recognize their gift.