West End Press, in conjunction with the University of Texas-El Paso, is pleased to announce two inaugural book prizes for multicultural, feminist, and working-class poets.

The West End Poetry Prize will honor an author who has never before published a full-length collection. The Patricia Clark Smith Prize honors an author who has published at least one previous full-length collection.

Each prize carries a $500 cash award, book publication, and scheduled readings and media appearances at the University of Texas-El Paso.

To be considered, please submit your manuscript with a $30 check made out to “West End Press” by March 31, 2013 to:

Department of Creative Writing
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

Mark your package ATTN: “West End Poetry Prize” or “Patricia Clark Smith Prize.”

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Please bind your manuscript with a binder clip and include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript title ONLY.  Manuscripts will be screened and judged anonymously. All poets are eligible except faculty, current students, and graduates of the MFA Program at University of Texas at El Paso and close friends, family, or recent students of the judge.

West End Press Poetry Prize: Sasha Pimentel Chacon
Patricia Clark Smith Prize: TBA