Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize

Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize2018-05-26T23:14:49+00:00

The Wolf Ridge Press Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize

Our book series honors a poet or writer 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.

Our 2018 prize will be awarded to a poetry chapbook. In 2019 the award will go to a prose manuscript.

Deadline: September 30, 2018. This is a postmark deadline.

Manuscript Guidelines:

Online Submissions (preferred):

  • Manuscript must be typed and single-spaced, no more than one poem per page.
  • Suggested length is 24-36 pages.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript proper; you will have the opportunity to enter your contact information in the Submittable form.
  • Include an acknowledgements page for previously published work.
  • 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 if 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.
  • Publication of the winning manuscript will be 500 copies with 100 copies to the author in lieu of royalties. The winning poet will receive a prize of $250.00.
  • $25 entry fee.


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Mailed Entries:

  • Manuscript must be typed and single-spaced, no more than one poem per page.
  • Suggested length is 24-36 pages.
  • Photocopies from letter-quality printers are acceptable.
  • Manuscript should not be bound or in a folder but binder-clipped.
  • Include a title page without other information on it and a separate title page with name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript proper.
  • Include an acknowledgements page for previously published work.
  • 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 if 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.
  • Publication of the winning manuscript will be 500 copies with 100 copies to the author in lieu of royalties. The winning poet will receive a prize of $250.00.
  • Include a $25 entry fee payable to Wolf Ridge Press and a SASE if you wish to be notified of contest results. Mail manuscript to:
    Wolf Ridge Press Narrative / Poetic Medicine Prize
    350 Parnassus Ave #900
    San Francisco, California 94117

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.