Fans of The Colorado Independent’s news poetry series will be interested to know that a $1,000 award out of Telluride is currently accepting submissions by West-of-the-Mississippi poets.
The prize, now in its 18th year, honors the memory of Colorado poet Mark Fischer, who “combined a polyglot’s command of languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for obtuse words.”
“We’re pleased to be able to honor Mark’s memory with a contest that benefits Western poets,” said Art Goodtimes, who directs Talking Gourds, one of the Telluride arts organizations sponsoring the award.
“All styles and content are welcome. The wilder the better.”
The deadline for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize is April 15.