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2023
NERVOUS GHOST PRESS
BOOK PRIZES
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2023 Nervous Ghost Press Prize for Prose

$1000

Publication

CA Reading Tour

Author Copies

Guest Judge: Steven Juliano

2023 Nervous Ghost Press Prize for Poetry

$1000

Publication

CA Reading Tour

Author Copies

Guest Judge: Mike "the PoeT" Sonksen

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Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the PoeT, is the Coordinator of the First Year Experience Program at Woodbury University where he teaches Interdisciplinary Studies. His latest book Letters to My City was published by Writ Large Press. He’s written for Poets & Writers, Alta, Metropolis, Wax Poetics, PBS, LA Review of Books, and the Academy of American Poets. His next book project examines the history of Los Angeles Poetry. 

Visionary writer/artist, Steven Juliano, prides himself as one of the top graphic designers in the industry today, with over twenty years experience in graphic art and animation. Steven's extensive client list includes Disney, HBO, Showtime, Sony, Universal, and is a commissioned album artist for many major label bands.

 

After years of touring the world as lead singer of the metal/punk powerhouse group "I Am Ghost" (Epitaph Records), Steven returned to his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA and started his own design studio in 2010.

Long list

(poetry)

There and Other Poems, A. Hashmi; The Wet Collection, A. Gorman; Touch Blood Haunt, B. Gaffney; Paint By Numbers World, C. Windwalker; First There is a Mountain, B. Copeland; To Love a Fierceness So Bright, C. Fanning; Blood Summer, C. Brown; Sweet Gothic, C. Tennant; At the Bar With Sisyphus, C. Alles; Denial is a Simple Matter of Tuberculosis, D. Arroyo; Letters from the Cosmos, D. Svatos; Poems for When, E. Powers; the Ongoing Search for a Sign, J. Lefkowitz; 9252 Hell's Half Acre Drive, K. Wilson; All the Different Entropies, M. Duckler; Every Girl Should Carry a Sword, M. Edmundson; Detroit Brawl, J.H. Danville; Still, J. Nicola; Climate Denial for Lovers, J. Goosey; Boy Perennial, P. Buchanan; Address Labels for Window Envelopes, P. Dellolio; Bird Bone Blood, R.B. Simon; Familial, S. Mead; Anthology of Existences, T. Wood; Dining on Salt, W. Lee

 

(prose)

Of Mortals and Mayhem, C.S. Torres; Bogore, C. Ryan; From the Florida Room, C.C. Smith; Between Februaries, J. Barker; Running Shoes, J. Sprague; Critical Cartography, J. Levens; The Case of the Devil's Purse Inn, M. Fife; Tea Without Vodka is a Son of a Bitch, M. Rivkin; What Was it Like, S. O’Connor; Blue Moon Walking, S. Reininger; Absorbing Terpsichore's Telestial Tango, W. Lacks

 

Short list

(poetry)

Untitled, A. Lock; Ordovician Nights, A. Bowen; Mother, A.M. Wells; In Only a Way That Birds and the Universe Can, A. Den Bleyker; City Slick, A. Colasanti; The Agnostic Contemplates Prayer, B. Kamel; A Willow Bend, B. Gorman; The Anatomy of Melancholia, C. Razze; Memoir of the Last of the Lost Boys, D.J. Ruiz; Schizoaffective in the Garden, K. Bucca; Spurring Hobbled Elephants Over the Alps, L. Bares

 

(prose)

If They See You, G. Tatara; Fires Between Us, H. Liguore; Spiraling Minds, J. Schneider; Chasing Umbra Throwing Shade, J. Glovsky; Non-Prophet, J. Tannen; Ashes Descend Like Sorry, M. Hoogewind

Finalsits: TBA

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