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The Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award


$2,500 and Publication


Poets who make their home in Alaska, Oregon, or Washington (regardless of previous publication history) are eligible.

Deadline: May 15, 2022


60 to 80 pages of poems (not including front or back matter) formatted as a doc, docx, or rtf file.

Do not include your name or any identifying information in the manuscript.

Entry fee: $10

All entries must be submitted online via Submittable.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Winner will be announced in July 2022 and published in the late fall.

In addition to prize money the winner will receive 50 copies of their published collection.

All entrants will receive a copy of Sally Albiso's collection Moonless Grief.

All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Contest Judge

The winning entry for 2022 will be chosen by Alice Derry.

About Sally Albiso

This award honors the exquisite poetry of MoonPath Press author Sally Albiso, who passed away in 2019. The award is endowed by her husband John Albiso.

Sally Albiso

Moonless Grief

Though born in Maine and mostly raised in southern California, Sally’s passionate pursuit of poetry began in earnest shortly after she moved to Port Angeles, Washington in 2003. In her first year of writing, she won First Place in the Tide Pools adult poetry contest. She went on to win several other poetry contests, including the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize and several other national poetry contests. Sally was published in numerous poetry journals, and had three chapbooks published, followed by Moonless Grief, her first full-length poetry collection published by MoonPath Press in 2018.

Sally loved Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula and all it has to offer. In addition to hiking, kayaking, fishing and crabbing, Sally volunteered at the Port Angeles Visitor Center and the North Olympic Library branch in Port Angeles.

Sally died at home in Port Angeles, Washington on October 28, 2019, after a more than 14- month battle with pancreatic cancer, her loving husband John of nearly 31 years at her side.

Sally’s obituary in the Peninsula Daily News

Read more about Sally and Moonless Grief here on the MoonPath Press site.

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