Congratulations to Leanna Petronella, Winner of the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize!

We are very pleased to announce The Imaginary Age by Leanna Petronella was selected as the winner of the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize and will be published by Pleiades Press in 2019.

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Leanna Petronella’s poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, Quarterly West, ElevenEleven, and other publications. Her fiction appears in Drunken Boat, and her nonfiction appears in Brevity. She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, where she was Poetry Editor for the Missouri Review, and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin. Her website is


We would also like to commend the finalists and semifinalists for the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize, whose manuscripts in our opinion were all outstanding and publishable:

Finalists: Rebecca Baggett, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Emily Corwin, torrin a. greathouse, Judy Halebsky , Elizabeth Knapp,  Jacob Oet, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh, Joe Wilkins

Semifinalists: Carolina Crew, Nava EtShalom, Kathy Goodkin, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Amelia Klein, Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren, Skyler Osborne, Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Claire Sibley, Jennifer K. Sweeney, M.A. Vizsolyi, Jess Williard

This fall, Pleiades Press will be running the Lena-Miles Wever Todd contest for a poetry book and the Robert C. Jones contest for a book of short prose. For both contests the winning writer will receive $2000 and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and nationally distributed by Louisiana State University Press. The full guidelines are available at