Submissions for the second Lee Smith Novel Prize are now open! Please go to to read the full guidelines and submit. Deadline: November 30, 2015



Submissions for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series are now closed. We look forward to reading the submissions we have received.

The winner of the 2014 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series is Charles Wyatt with his poetry collection Goldberg-Variations, which will be published in Spring 2015. Carolina Wren Press will also publish a poetry collection by the judge for the contest, What Else Could It Be by Ravi Shankar, also in Spring 2015.

Final Judge for the 2014 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series: Ravi Shankar

RAVI SHANKAR is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat,  one of the oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited eight books and chapbooks of poetry and essays, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, “Deepening Groove,” called the work of “one of America’s finest younger poets,” by Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen, and “Instrumentality,” named a finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York TimesThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Academy of American Poets and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has appeared as a commentator on the BBC and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world, including at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and for PEN World Voices. He has taught at Queens College, Fairfield University, City University of Hong Kong and for the Wesleyan, Stonecoast and Jackson Hole Writers Conferences. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust,  an Associate Professor of English at CCSU and he teaches in the international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong.


Thank you to everyone who entered the 2015 Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman contest. The winner is Hola and Goodbye by Donna Miscolta, to be published in 2016. Submissions for this contest will reopen in early 2016.

Final Judge: Randall Kenan


Randall Kenan‘s first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published 1989, and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was published in 1992.  That collection was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992.  He is also the author of a young adult biography of James Baldwin (1993) and wrote the text for Norman Mauskoff’s book of photographs, A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta (1997). Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century was published in 1999 and was nominated for the Southern Book Award.  His latest book, The Fire This Time, was published in May 2007. He is currently working on a novel set in North Carolina and New York City, and a collection of short stories. Recently he edited and wrote the introduction to The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin (Pantheon, 2010). *Photo by Miriam Berkley




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