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Award Schedule

2022 Best Poetry (collection of poems of at least 60 pages)
2023 Best Fiction (novel or collection of short stories)
2024 Best Literary Nonfiction (memoir, essays, journalistic writing)
2025 Best Poetry
2026 Best Fiction
2027 Best Literary Nonfiction
continuing to alternate every three years

2022 Poetry Award Guidelines

Nominations can come from publishers, authors, or anyone interested in seeing a book considered. Only one book per author may be submitted.

Books must be original work by a single author (no anthologies).

Author must establish a connection to Kansas by birth, education, employment, residence or other significant claim.

Please submit two copies of each book nominated. Those books become the property of the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection.

Books must have an original publication date (copyright notice) within three calendar years immediately preceding the year of the competition deadline
. For example, to be eligible for the 2022 Poetry deadline, the nominee's book must have a publication date of 2019, 2020 or 2021.

Previous awardees are eligible to submit a new book.

Nominations for this year's award must be postmarked or presented by December 15, 2021.

Along with a statement of Kansas connection, author email, phone, and postal address, please submit books for consideration to:

Awards
c/o Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection
Mabee Library
1700 College
Topeka, KS 66621

2022 Poetry Award Judge

Patricia Traxler, founder of Salina's Spring Poetry Series, is the author of a novel, Blood, a short story collection, In the Skin, and four poetry collections, including the 2019 Hefner-Heitz Kansas Book Award winner, Naming the Fires. She has twice been named Bunting Poetry Fellow at Radcliffe, and has served as resident poet at many other universities, including Ohio State, the University of Kansas, Utah State, and the University of Montana. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in The Nation, The Boston Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Ms. Magazine, The LA Times, and in the anthology Best American Poetry. She is currently at work on her fifth poetry collection, Paradise.

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