Reading for the Powder Horn Prize

•March 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

Powder Horn III will be judged by Kevin Goodan, author of Upper Level Disturbances (Center for Literary Publishing, 2012), Winter Tenor (Alice James, 2009), and In the Ghost-House Acquainted (Alice James, 2004). He teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Lewiston, Idaho.

To submit your manuscript, please use our online submissions manager. Click here for access.

The Powder Horn Prize is a first book award for poetry. Manuscripts should be 48+ pages in length. The author should not have previously published a full-length collection, though she may have published chapbooks.

The reading fee is $25. Entry deadline is June 1, 2014.

For questions, email

First-book prize reading

•February 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Powder Horn 3 halfsheet

Released: The Eyes the Window

•November 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

front cover halfpageSage Hill Press is delighted to release the debut collection of Marci Rae Johnson, our Powder Horn Prize winner.

Contest final judge Christopher Howell says. “This book is about time, time as measured, experienced, prefigured, remembered, projected, thought of, not thought of; time as it inhabits language, dreams, visions, desire; how it relates to physical movement both in and of the world; how it is framed.  All of this is conducted through the window of a real or imagined “On the Road” experience during which two people, lovers, try to see themselves and each other, in spite of the persistent change brought on by shifts in both temporal and spatial context, and the expansion and contraction of the frame.”

And from Alan Michael Parker, “Reflective and refractive, the poems in this shimmering collection offer us the promise of indeterminacy as solace, in a world where the Unknown and the Possible are one and the same. In Johnson’s unerring poems, what we don’t know seems a version of what we might wish—“maybe this is where / we see something beautiful,” she writes. Traveler, trust these fine poems, and this fine poet: profound comforts lie here, in the arms of language.”

Sam Pereira

•February 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tagus Press and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is coming out with a new expanded edition of Sam Pereira’s Marriage of the Portuguese, which originally published by L’Epervier in 1978. Congratulations to Sam!

The Eyes the Window, cover

•February 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

2011 Powder Horn Prize winner:

The Eyes the Window, by Marci Rae Johnson

2012 Powder Horn Prize

•February 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We are now reading entries for the Powder Horn Prize, a first-book award.

The winning poet will not have had a full-length manuscript published previously.

The winner will receive $250 and 50 copies of the book, to be published in 2013.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter, and the ms should not have the author’s name on it.

You can submit online, or send entries to:

Sage Hill Press / Powder Horn Prize

1848 W. Bridge Ave.

Spokane WA 99201

Entry fee is $20, make checks payable to Sage Hill Press.

Postmark deadline of June 1, 2012.

The final judge for the Powder Horn Prize is Laurie Lamon, author of The Fork Without Hunger and Without Wings (CavanKerry).

Finalizing the layout on “The Eyes the Window”

•November 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

2011 Powder Horn Prize-winning manuscript The Eyes the Window by Marci Rae Johnson is nearly complete. The most pesky element has been the selection of the type used for poem titles. Am leaning toward Century Gothic.

Stay tuned for details on the release of the book, as well as the reading period for the 2012 Powder Horn Prize.


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