The 2019 prize will open for entries from October 30th to December 12th 2018.
Who may enter
The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.
Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible.add comment
14th January 2019
Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone, except students, alumni, and employees of Colorado State University.
The competition is organized by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University.
THERE was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself;
Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun,
Something, perhaps, about the lack of sound–
And that was why it whispered and did not speak.
THE line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift,
The road is forlorn all day,
Where a myriad snowy quartz stones lift,
And the hoof-prints vanish away.
The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee,
Expend their bloom in vain.
Come over the hills and far with me,
And be my love in the rain.
There’s been a death in the opposite house
As lately as today.
I know it by the numb look
Such houses have alway.
The neighbours rustle in and out,
The doctor drives away.
A window opens like a pod,