Off the Grid Press is an imprint of Grid Books. The Off the Grid Prize was founded in the fall of 2011 to provide a forum for older poets, who are sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We are looking for work by poets over sixty, ripened in craft and vision, and willing to promote their work through readings and other networks.
2017 Prize Winner
Improbable Creatures, Jon Davis
Totem: America, Debra Kang Dean
Red Shift, Daniel Lusk
Here Is a Woman, Barbara March
Gracias a la Vida, Paul Portugés
Wading into the Lake, Karen Whalley
Last Night of Maskmaking, Carolyn Moore
Gneiss: Poems, Marsha Pomerantz
Summer Mornings in the Waning Days of Empire, John Repp
Great Balls of Doubt, Mark Terrill
Everything is Liquid, Sharon White
2017 Contest Judges
Elizabeth Murphy and Rob Arnold
2016 Winner: Cold Storage by Keith Althaus
2015 Winner: Finestra’s Window by Patricia Corbus
2014 Winner: Doggerland by Dicko King
2013 Winner: Dollhouse by Elaine Terranova
2012 Winner: Coyote Bush by Peter Nash
Submissions for the 2018 Off the Grid Poetry Prize will be open from May 1st to August 31st. Please see the guidelines below for more information:
2018 Off the Grid Poetry Prize Guidelines
The competition is open only to poets over 60 years of age.
Submissions will be open from May 1 to August 31, 2017. The winner will be announced by December 31, 2017.
The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. The entry fee is $25. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Off the Grid Press.
Manuscript must be typed, paginated, and at least 50 pages in length (single spaced). Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. There should be one title page with book title and all contact information: Name, address, phone, email.
Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 35 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible.
We strongly encourage online submissions, though we will continue to accept paper submissions. Paper manuscripts should be mailed to: Grid Books / Off the Grid Press, 86 Glendower Road, Boston, MA 02131.
If submitting by mail, send only one copy of your manuscript. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. Paper manuscripts cannot be returned. Please do not send us your only copy.
If, in our judgment, no submission is worthy of publication, the press reserves the right not to publish any book.
Send inquiries to email@example.com.