RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts (Since 2012)

The RL POETRY AWARD 2019 is an international (NO FEE) poetry book award given to new authors with single or no previous publication from anywhere in the world.  Our joy is in being the first significant contributor to a poet's initial career. Open to the world. Above the age of 18+. Deadline: Aug 1, 2019

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. Poet submits a folio of min 60 to maximum 80 poems 
  2. First page of the word document contains
    * Manuscript Title:
    * First Name & Last Name:
    * Nationality:
    * Country:
    * Email:
    * Whatsapp Number:
  3. No identifying details should appear in the consecutive pages
  4. No poem should include your name OR any reference to your nationality
  5. Each poem appears on a new page. 
  6. Font 12 Garamond. File should not exceed 90 pages.
  7. Poems should NOT be previously published.
  8. Save document as pdf. Name file as Last Name_RLPoetryAward2019
  9. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION
  10. NO WITHDRAWAL POST SUBMISSION

Further Information

  • Post submission, follow us on Twitter as we notify select candidates via social media announcement only.
  • We don't reveal judges' names until we've published the results.
  • On December 1, 2019, we'll announce our finalists who'll then have one week's time to furnish a letter of intent 
  • January 1, (you) are declared a winner & offered a book deal. We announce one national (India) & one international.
  • You'll receive 20 free author copies shipped anywhere in the world and enjoy good author's discount
  • Your books will have worldwide distribution serviced by Amazon and Flipkart in India
  • There are always exceptions to all the above points and RLFPA EDITIONS reserves right to alter it without explanation.

SEND MANUSCRIPTS to office at rlpoetry dot org

The RL POETRY AWARD 2018 was open to both Indian poets and poets of other nationalities. RL POETRY AWARD 2018  was open to poetry manuscripts from poets whose first poetry book was due or authored a single book from a small, independent presses. The award attracted 57 manuscripts.

The 8 award finalists of the RL POETRY AWARD 2018 were selected by the poet, founder & editor-in-chief, Linda Ashok in both the national (4) & international (4) categories. However unlike previous years, the RL POETRY AWARD 2018 declared only 1 winner whose first manuscript will be published by RLFPA Editions.


JUDGE (NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL)


Born on April 18, 1977, Ilya Kaminsky was raised in Odessa, Ukraine, the former Soviet Union. At age four, he lost most of his hearing after a misdiagnosis. He arrived in the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He earned his BA from Georgetown University, and went on to receive his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Kaminsky’s first book in English, Musica Humana, was published by Chapiteau Press in 2002. His second collection, Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), received multiple awards, including the Dorset Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Metcalf Award. Poems from a new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize in 2009.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters described his poems as “a literary counterpart to Chagall in which laws of gravity have been suspended and colors reassigned, but only to make everyday reality that much more indelible.” His poetry has been compared to work by Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsvetaeva.

Kaminsky’s awards and honors include the Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in Poetry.

In the late 1990s, Kaminsky co-founded Poets For Peace, an organization that sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad. He has also taught at San Diego State University and worked as a Law Clerk at the National Immigration Law Center and at Bay Area Legal Aid, helping the poor and homeless to overcome their legal difficulties. He holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Jr Chair in Poetry and directs the [email protected] Program at Georgia Tech. SOURCE: POETS.ORG


WINNER & FINALISTS

INTERNATIONAL +NATIONAL

  1. V Naa Takia - Winner
  2. Aakriti Kuntal - Finalist
  3. Srishti Dutta Chowdhury - Finalist
  4. Uma Gowrishankar - Finalist
  5. Aditi Nnagrath - Finalist
  6. Terry Offner - Finalist
  7. Bill Cushing - Finalist
  8. Ravi Shanker N - Finalist

 

 

The RL POETRY AWARD 2017 was open to both Indian poets and poets of other nationalities. Unlike its past editions, RL POETRY AWARD 2017  solicited poetry manuscripts from poets whose first poetry book was due or authored a single book from a small, independent presses. The award attracted 117 manuscripts.

The 12 award finalists of the RL POETRY AWARD 2017 were selected by the poet, founder & editor-in-chief, Linda Ashok in both the national (6) & international (6) categories. Due exceptional quality of submissions received, the RL POETRY AWARD 2017 have got 3 poets whose first manuscripts will be published by RLFPA Editions.

We are grateful to our poetry communities (individuals & institutions) in India and abroad for publishing/distributing/sharing our call for submissions. We are much thankful to Commonwealth Writers, Griffin Poetry, Asymptote Journal, The Single Story FDN and everyone who made this edition a success!


JURY (NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL)


 

Robert Archambeau is a poet and literary critic whose works include the books Home and Variations, Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry, The Poet Resigns: Poetry in a Difficult World, The Kafka Sutra and Inventions of a Barbarous Age: Poetry from Conceptualism to Rhyme. He has also edited a number of works, including Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, and Letters of Blood: English Writings of Göran Printz-Påhlson. Along with John Matthias he is the co-author of Revolutions: A Collaboration, a collection of prose and poetry with images by the artist Jean Dibble.  His work has also appeared in such journals as Poetry, Hudson Review, Boston Review, Cambridge Literary Review, Essays and Criticism, Chicago Review, and many others.

Son of the Canadian ceramic artist of the same name, Robert Archambeau teaches English as a Professor at Lake Forest College near Chicago. His recent work explores the social context of the history of poetics: he has been called “our smartest poetic sociologist” in the scholarly journal Contemporary Literature. He has received grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Swedish Academy, among others, and serves as the criticism editor at MadHat Press and on the editorial staff of Plume magazine.

Along with R.S. Gwynn he chairs the Poets’ Prize committee.


Aryanil Mukherjee writes in both Bangla and English. Published widely in Bengali & American poetry circles, he has authored ten books of poetry and essays on poetics in two languages. Engaged in bi-directional translation of poetry between English and Bangla, Aryanil has translated scores of international poets on both hemispheres including a book-length translation project on John Ashbery conducted with resource support from The Ashbery Resource Center at Bard College, New York. He received the Subhas Mukhopadhyay Memorial Award for his contribution to Bengali poetry in 2007.

Aryanil’s English work features in Lantern Review, PennSound, Asian Cha, Rain Taxi, Jacket, Drunken Boat, Big Bridge etc. and in El Invisible Anillo in Spanish. Anthology appearances include: The HarperCollins Book of Indian Poetry in English (2011), La Pared de Agua, a Spanish anthology of contemporary Bengali poetry (Olifante Press, Madrid 2011), Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), The Literary Review Indian Poetry (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2009). His poetry has been translated into Hindi, Spanish and Danish and has been discussed in the Best American Poetry blog.


WINNERS & FINALISTS

INTERNATIONAL

  1. Soonest Nathaniel - Winner
  2. Diane Awerbuck - Finalist
  3. Samuel Ugbechie - Finalist
  4. V. Naa. Takia - Finalist
  5. Uchenna Ekerenmadu- Finalist
  6. Danny Earl Simmons - FinalisT

NATIONAL

  1. Preeti Vangani - Winner
  2. Shalim Hussain - Highly Commended/Editor's Choice
  3. Anannya Dasgupta - Finalist
  4. Sanika Dhakephalkar - Finalist
  5. Avani Tandon Viera - Finalist
  6. Jhilmil Breckenridge – Finalist

The RL POETRY AWARD 2016 was open to both Indian poets and poets of other nationalities. Unlike its past editions, RL POETRY AWARD 2016  solicited poetry manuscripts from poets whose first poetry book was due or authored a single book from a small, independent presses. The award attracted 87 manuscripts.

The 12 award finalists of the RL POETRY AWARD 2016 were selected by the poet, founder & editor-in-chief, Linda Ashok in both the national (6) & international (6) categories. Due exceptional quality of submissions received, the RL POETRY AWARD 2016 have got 3 poets whose first manuscripts will be published by RLFPA Editions. 

We are grateful to our poetry communities (individuals & institutions) in India and abroad for publishing/distributing/sharing our call for submissions. We are much thankful to Commonwealth Writers, Griffin Poetry, Asymptote Journal, The Single Story FDN and everyone who made this edition a success!

 

JURY (NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL)


Jon Tribble is the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares. POETRY, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His work was selected as the 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches creative writing and literature, and directs undergraduate and graduate students in internships and independent study in editing and literary publishing for the Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 


Author of three books of poetry, Vinita Agrawal is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mithila Review and over a 100 other national and international journals. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards in 2011. She was awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest thrice. Her poems have found a place in significant national anthologies like Suvarnarekha and Dance with the Peacocks in several international anthologies compiled in Australia and Israel. She was co-judge for the Asian Cha Poetry Contest, 2015. She has read at SAARC events, at the U.S. Consulate, at Delhi Poetree and at Cappucino Readings, Mumbai.


WINNERS & FINALISTS

INTERNATIONAL

  1. Stephen Bryne - Winner
  2. Catlin Stobie - Finalist
  3. Janet Wu - Finalist
  4. L Shapley Bassen - Finalist
  5. Shabnam Shehan - Finalist
  6. Lana Bella - Finalist

NATIONAL

  1. Barnali Ray Shukla - Winner
  2. Manik Sharma - Highly Commended/Editor's Choice
  3. Avner Medon Pariat - Finalist
  4. Dinesh Sairam - Finalist
  5. Uttaran Dasgupta - Finalist
  6. Priyanka Kapoor – Finalist

 

The RL POETRY AWARD 2014 was open to both Indian poets and poets of other nationalities. The award attracted over 960 submissions.

The RL POETRY AWARD 2014 winners are Tushar Jain in the national category and Lauren Camp (New Mexico) in the international category, followed by 9 finalists in each category. In the Haiku section, the winners are Carl Seguiban, Tracy Davidson and Andre Cecon, followed by 7 finalists this year.


Jury

Long Poems
Ranjit Hoskote (Click for jury bio)
Jennifer Robertson

Short Poems
Michael Dylan Welch (MDW) (Click for jury bio)

For individual comments by MDW, please follow the links in the Haiku section.


“It has been a special pleasure to read through the entries, both national and international, that came in for the RL POETRY AWARD 2014. I was delighted to encounter a polyphony of voices here, characterized by high level of imaginative ability and technical finesse, as well as a desire to experiment with the possibilities of the form. The poem assumes many forms here, transiting through many avatars and tonalities. Importantly — and this is certainly an outcome of the epoch of globalization and the democratizing, planet-wide circulations that it has generated — the national and the international entries formed part of one seamless universe of literary quest. The circumstances of geographical location no longer limit the potential voyages of the poetic consciousness to a narrow set of choices, dictated by ideological compulsion or deficits of access to exemplars and colleagues elsewhere. We believe that the RL POETRY AWARD has created a fresh assembly of practitioners, whose work can now be shared in the form of this anthology.”  Poet and art curator Ranjit Hoskote


“Judging the RL POETRY AWARD 2014 awards proved to be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience.T he eclectic submissions defy easy categorization. I was intrigued by the ingenuity and diversity of the poems, both in terms of theme, craft, and form. The winning poems are an amalgam of sinewy surrealistic imagery, subversive narrative leaps in form, startlingly assured spareness and pithiness of language coupled with a discerning absurdist nonchalance: sardonic and irreverent. ” Poet Jennifer Robertson  


WINNERS & FINALISTS

INTERNATIONAL

The RL POETRY AWARD 2013 was open to Indian poets living anywhere in the world. For the first time, it attracted over 700 submissions. The 2013 Award ceremony took place at The Fern, Manasarovar, Hyderabad in association with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Andhra Pradesh.

The 2013 awardees are Rohan Chhetri and Sohini Basak in the General Poetry section and Geetanjali and Chasrishma R in the Haiku section. We could also honour the remaining 8 shortlist-ed poets in the General Poetry Section and 3 shortlist-ed poets in the Haiku Section

We also had the honour of felicitating renowned poet Jayanta Mahapatra with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to world poetry for over fifty years.

The 2013 Award/Felicitation ceremony took place at The Fern, Manasarovar, Hyderabad in association with Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Andhra Pradesh.

Download RL POETRY AWARD 2013 Anthology