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.
2019 Prize Winner
Ioanna Carlsen, Breather
Charlene Fix, On the Outskirts of Vertigo
Kathleen Hellen, A Bright, Guilty World
Raymond Hudson, Sunburned Drunk
Jeanne-Marie Osterman, Mad Art
Sharon L. Charde, The Glass Is Already Broken
Henry Crawford, The Binary Planet
Mark Smith-Soto, Let It Spill
Wade Stevenson, Going Head to Head
2019 Contest Judge
2017 Winner: Improbable Creatures by Jon Davis
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
This year’s contest will be judged by Jon Davis.
The competition is open only to poets aged 60 years or older.
Submissions will be open from May 1 to August 31, 2019. The winner will be announced by December 31, 2019.
The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. The entry fee is $25.
Manuscripts 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 the 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published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 35 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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 are no longer accepting paper submissions. Please submit online via Submittable.
If, in our judgment, no submission is worthy of publication, the press reserves the right not to publish any book.
Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.