Any original unpublished manuscript, in English, by anyone living anywhere in the world, writing in any genre or on any topic, prose, non-fiction or poetry (even drama) is eligible, making it arguably the world's most eclectic "broad church" literary scouting prize. Last year's debut winner was Sohini Basak (her book is being launched in Bloomsbury July 5th, 2018).
Bruce Meyer is author of more than 60 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, and portraiture. He was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Poetry in 2015 and 2016 for best poem, and received the IP Medal for best book of poems published in North American for the sonnet collection, The Seasons.
Hundreds of submissions were received and the three-person judging panel of Dr Todd Swift, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, managed to discover these remarkable works and talents. The winner will receive publication in 2019 with Eyewear Publishing, and have their book launched in London, UK, as well as a £500 advance.
KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize. She has collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein on a song cycle of her poems, "Three Rides". Her recent work appears in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little and the forthcoming Who Will Speak for America? She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.