Announcing the Judge for the 2022 Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry

The University of Nebraska Press is happy to announce that Christine Stewart-Nuñez, the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate of South Dakota, will be the judge for the 2022 Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry competition.

Submissions will be accepted April 1 through May 1. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication of their book. For more information, click here.

The 2021 winner is Laura Bylenok for Living Room, which will be published this fall. The honorable mention is Sophie Klahr for Two Open Doors in a Field, which will be published in the spring of 2023. Both were selected by Huascar Medina, the seventh poet laureate of Kansas.

Founded in 1997, the Backwaters Press has published award-winning books by some of America’s finest writers. The University of Nebraska Press acquired the Backwaters Press in 2018, with its impressive backlist in poetry and prose that contributes to the cultural landscape of our state and region. As a general interest imprint of UNP, the Backwaters Press continues to plant its roots firmly in the Great Plains, delighting readers with literature of enduring value and consequence. Nebraska is proud to announce that titles under the Backwaters Press imprint will be available as ebooks as well.

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