The University of Arkansas Press together with the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) is accepting submissions for the Etel Adnan Poetry Series and will award a $1,000 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize to a first or second book of poetry, in English, by a writer of Arab heritage:

Etel-AdnanThe series will be¬†edited by award-winning Arab poets Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah. Translations are not accepted — this is only for work written originally in English by Arab authors. (Although if your work is self-translated, how would they know?)

The prize is named for world-renowned poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan, who was recently named a “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”¬†by the French government.

Adnan is perhaps best known for her classic war novel¬†Sitt Marie Rose, which won the “France-Pays Arabes” award and has been translated into more than ten languages,¬†as well as her¬†In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country.¬†But she has numerous other collections of poetry, as well as theatrical and other writings. Her visual art has also been seeing a wave of recent interest.

Submissions¬†to the Etel Adnan Poetry Series will be¬†accepted year-round, with a deadline of April 15. The winner will be notified by September 15, and the press will announce the winner by¬†the first of October. More details on how to submit can be found on the University of Arkansas’s website.

From the Poetry Foundation, poems by Adnan: 

From Electronic Poetry Review: