Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize

Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize 2018-02-22T16:05:41+00:00

The Wolf Ridge Press Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize

Our book series honors the poet whose work illuminates the life-changing events of illness and recovery. One manuscript will be published each year by Wolf Ridge Press of San Francisco and distributed by Small Press Distribution of Berkeley, California.

Deadline: June 15, 2018. This is a postmark deadline.

Manuscript Guidelines:

  • Manuscripts must be typed and single-spaced, no more than one poem per page on good quality paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches.
  • Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable.
  • Manuscripts should not be bound or in a folder but binder-clipped.
  • Send them along with the standard entry form below, a $25 entry fee payable to Wolf Ridge Press and a SASE if you wish to be notified of contest results to:
    Wolf Ridge Press Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize
    350 Parnassus Ave #900
    San Francisco, California 94117
  • The manuscript should have a title page without other information on it and a separate title page with the name, address, phone number and email address for the poet.
  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript proper.
  • Do not send acknowledgements page or list of previous publications.
  • Suggested length is 24-36 pages.
  • Poems previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion but manuscripts previously published in their entirety are not.
  • This award series is open to all authors writing original works in English for adult readers.
  • Concurrent submissions are permitted as long as we are notified as soon as your manuscript receives another award.
  • Revisions during the course of the contest cannot be considered but winning authors will have an opportunity to make changes before publication.
  • The publication of winning manuscript will be 500 copies with 50 copies to the author in lieu of royalties. The winning poet will receive a prize of $500.00.


Download PDF Entry Form & Guidelines

The Editors

Joan Baranow, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of English at Dominican University of California. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, The Antioch Review, The Western Journal of Medicine, and other magazines. Her poetry has also appeared in Women Write Their Bodies: Stories of Illness and Recovery, issued in 2007 by Kent State University Press. Her book of poetry, Living Apart, was published by Plain View Press. With her husband David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine, airing nationally in 2008-2011.

David Watts, MD, has published a second book of stories, The Orange Wire Problem, which along with Bedside Manners, forms a body of work which explores the intricacies of the art of medicine. He has published four books of poetry and a CD of “word-jazz.” He is an NPR commentator on All Things Considered, a producer of the PBS program Healing Words: Poetry and Medicine, and a gastroenterologist at UCSF.

Ann Pelletier earned her MFA in poetry from San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Alimentum, Arts & Letters, Cider Press Review, Columbia, Loonfeather, The Santa Clara Review, Volt and other journals. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize three times and received the Arts and Letters Prize for Poetry. She lives and works in Western Nevada.